The Great Escape

It felt like some crazy dream. A road trip across the country with my severely disabled daughter in 30 degrees of heat, on the day the schools broke up.

For a weekend break.

My first break for seven years.

I didn’t believe it would actually happen until I pulled away with the van stuffed with enough emergency items to see B through the Zombie Apocalypse, never mind two days in Co Kerry. Of course I forgot most of my clothes…

When I got the invitation my instinct was to say thank you, but I just can’t manage it. As usual. But I have wonderfully persistent friends. They had a house with a downstairs room where B and I could sleep, as well as the essential downstairs toilet. They didn’t ask can you go, they asked when can you go .. And then my eldest said of course she could manage everything at home for a couple of days.

And so I found myself on Friday afternoon cruising down the motorway, sunglasses perched on my sweaty nose with the music turned up and B dancing in the back.

Almost five hours later we arrived to a wonderful welcome and food on the table. And so it continued – I barely lifted a finger, except to look after myself and my disabled daughter, and obviously that wasn’t always easy in a strange house not designed with wheelchairs in mind. Apart from that it was everything a break should be: great company, good food, beautiful scenery and glorious sunshine. Poor mobile coverage forced a digital detox, but I didn’t really miss it as there was always someone to talk to and something to do.

Killarney looked stunning in both sunshine and clouds, and there were plenty of wheelchair friendly rambles and places to visit. On the Saturday night we went out to dinner at a hotel overlooking the lake, and there was no hassle including a severely disabled young adult at the table. In fact no fuss was made at all, she was treated the same as every other guest. It was very refreshing.

The break reminded me again that with a little help, it IS possible to have a good life with a severely disabled young adult.

Trip To Killarney Collage June 2018

 

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13 thoughts on “The Great Escape

  1. It sounds wonderful – especially the bit about food on the table and adult company! #singlemumstuff Kerry looks like my idea of heaven on earth. I love the lush greenery, the lakes and the mountains in the background. Good friends are priceless as are adult daughters to hold the fort at home. xxx

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    1. I knew you’d understand! Kerry is very picturesque, perhaps you will visit one day on your overdue Irish trip??? And yes I couldn’t have managed this break without either my friends or my daughter xxx

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  2. I’m so happy you both got a break, especially you. How lovely to have things done for you for a change, you so deserved this little holiday and I bet it did you the world of good. I was in Killarney as a teenager, another just beautiful part of Ireland and it must have been good to leave the city behind for a couple of days. I hope you get more opportunities like this in the future. it does a soul good xxx

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