Before I say what I’m feeling today, I’d like to say that I am loving having my wife here. She’s my safe place and it’s so good to have her near me again. We had a great day exploring the National WW2 museum and then exploring the French Quarter on the bike.
Today was a good test for me.
I’ve had some good days and was feeling really good about my progression. What was worrying me and hanging over my head was that I really hadn’t experienced much stress to really test me.
Riding through downtown New Orleans was just what I needed. Said tongue in cheek.
Having my wife on the back of the bike, being close to cars, crazy pedestrians, bicycles and a myriad of other crazy things were really working my mind over time.
I worked hard at keeping calm. It doesn’t feel like a huge victory and I have to say that tonight I am really burned out. A very taxing day. I have three more days of this and I might just crack.
Some pics from the museum today, including one of my great uncles name on the wall of lost submariners. He was on the USS Grayback.
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Even for someone without PTSD, NOLA is a lot to handle. Take care! I’m happy for you and your wife that you get to spend a few days together.
Enjoy your wife company, hang in there, I wish you the best
Glad your wife could visit…happy space for sure!! Otherwise…a step at a time Foe…a step at a time…you’ll be fine!!
For me, New Orleans would be a non-starter. I’ve learned to avoid situations that I think will stress me out. I don’t need to ‘test’ myself – I know I will be bummed out and it’s just a matter of how much. That which relaxes the mind is good; that which causes depression or anxiety is bad. Be in tune with what your mind and body are telling you and protect yourself. I hope your stay in New Orleans is good for you.
hang in there jake. it sounds like youre having a good time with your wife. i was in N.O. several years ago with my 2nd wife. we boarded a cruise ship there. i didnt get to see alot of it. our hotel was just down the street from the stadium, so, i saw that, we toured the french quarter a little, and went to cafe du monde for chicory coffee and beignets. i would have loved that museum, but, she wasnt into that kind of stuff. enjoy the rest of your stay there.
Driving in New Orleans is taxing for any sane person. Glad you made it OK.
Enjoy the time with your wife.
I don’t care for riding in heavy traffic in any city. So if I were to ever take my bike to Nawlins, my safe word would be “Uber”.