The day has finally come. At about 1:30 this afternoon I will be boarding a plane in D/FW headed for San Diego. If you are going to be there, see you soon. If not, don’t forget to follow the Prism Book Alliance Twitter, Facebook, and the blog for your chance to win goodies from GRL!
Just watch for the #TeamPrismGRL and #TeamPrismGRL2015 hashtags.
I will admit to being nervous about this trip. The injury leads to an unknown variable. I have been pretty much housebound for 5.5 months. Yes, I could get out for doctor appointments, and more recently, to the store. But I always came home. I always came back to a place that was equipped to make my life easier. I have grab-bars custom installed to my specifications. I have extra pillows to keep my foot elevated. I have furniture I know I can sit in and get back up from. I have my choice of conveyance methods depending on how I feel and what I want to accomplish.
I have an accessible room reserved at the hotel. I am rooming with the fabulous Catherine Dair, who has already offered to help in whatever way I need. However, as I have discovered over the last 5.5 months “accessible” does not mean convenient. “Accessible” sometimes barely means passable, so I am a bit nervous. It is mostly the fear of the unknown. This is all new to me.
I have informed my airline of my limitations and I will have a wheelchair at the airport (on both ends), but I told them I could get myself from the plane door to my seat… man I hope I am not lying. I will be traveling with my sister, but she is also injured. She has about 27 years of dealing with mobility issues on me, though. I am hoping her confidence will rub off on me.
However, I have no fears about the conference itself. I have only in the last few days finally allowed myself to get excited. I have known for less than a week that I would, for sure, be able to go. I made reservations, reserved an electric scooter, sent swag ahead to Paisley, and made plans with my team for lunch out and various other things. My roommate came up with a fabulous costume idea for the both of us. But I did all that knowing that with only a few words, my orthopedist could dash my hopes.
He had already done it once (UKMeet). However, I was given the all clear on Wednesday. Thursday I met with my physical therapist and got my exercise plan for the time I am in San Diego… which mostly consists of stretching and practicing using my crutches to walk. Though he is on board with me using the electric scooter for the vast majority of my mobility needs, since I am only allowed 25% weight on my injured foot, and too much walking results in pain and swelling. Heck, until I met with him on Thursday, I didn’t even know how which of my conveyance methods I was going to take with me.
I am a planner. Ask my team, I don’t like surprises. I like to know what is going to happen before it happens. For the past 5.5 months or so, I have had to take every day as it comes. I can’t make long-term plans because I don’t know what the next day will bring. I didn’t know I would be allowed to walk until I met with my PT and he gave me a way to do it with minimal weight on my foot.
I know I am not the first one to deal with mobility issues. Heck, I know I am not going to be the only there dealing with mobility issues. For me, it is the change in my routine. I know how I can get stuff done at my house. I have a plan on how to compensate for my limitations. I don’t yet have that plan for San Diego.
I don’t know what this week in San Diego will bring when it comes to my mobility. However, I know it will bring great conversation, good friends, and lots of hugs. I know that I will enjoy every second I’m there. I have confidence I will overcome my fears soon after arrival.
I can’t wait to see you all in San Diego!
Much Love and see you Tomorrow!
Where to find us
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Five random commenters on the #TeamPrismGRL2015 posts the week of GRL will win. You can comment on any of all of the following during GRL week (13-20 October) to enter. The more you comment to more entries you have.
- #TeamPrismGRL or #TeamPrismGRL2015 tagged Blog posts (That includes THIS post)
- #TeamPrismGRL or #TeamPrismGRL2015 tagged Facebook posts by Prism Reviewers during GRL (13-19 October)
- #TeamPrismGRL or #TeamPrismGRL2015 tagged posts on Prism Book Alliance Fan Page
- #TeamPrismGRL or #TeamPrismGRL2015 tagged Tweets (note you must include #TeamPrismGRL or #TeamPrismGRL2015 in your tweet to be eligible)
Five winners will each get a #TeamPrismGRL Prize pack that includes:
- At least 1 signed copies of M/M Titles (titles and authors TBD)
- Prism Book Alliance Totebag
- GRL swag pack
- $10 Amazon Gift Card.
Brandilyn, Caroline, Christine, Lirtle (Andrea), Paisley, and PizzyGirl (Katie) will all be at GRL2015 in San Diego. Be sure to find us to say hi! We will all have Prism Logo’s on our badges!
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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