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My INCREDIBLE Trip to Visit Tuck!!!

Feb 05, 2011 - 14 comments

I'm sorry that I haven't had the time before now to update you all on my visit to see Tuck and Her Hubby!!  I've been a little busy here at home {as usual} BUT NOW I have some time and I'm VERY anxious to let you all know what a WONDERFUL time was had by ALL parties!!!

My 12 hour plane ride was WELL worth it, to get to my FINAL Destination.  First I went from Phoenix to Detroit, MI and from there to Atlanta, GA and FINALLY to Panama City, FL.  I arrived at approximately 12:40 pm and was the last person to leave the plane as I had wheelchair assistance throughout all of the changes at the different terminals.Thank Heavens my Daughter did that as I would have NEVER been able to make it through the airports in time for my connecting flight without it.  In Atlanta alone, I was pushed onto an elevator and went down 2 stories to the TRAIN, yes a TRAIN, to take us to ANOTHER concourse, and then onto ANOTHER elevator to take us BACK up 2 stories to where the gates are. NOT counting the extreme distance that she pushed me WITH my carry-on luggage, cane, WALKER and my BIG purse.  The people at that work for Delta are EXTREMELY kind to us that need wheelchair help!!  When you have "wheelchair assistance" they AUTOMATICALLY move you up to the FIRST available row in your section to make it easier for you to get on and off and of course, they board you first!!!  That REALLY helps as I didn't have to stand and WAIT as others were trying to get their carry-on's into the overhead compartments.  The Flight attendant's help you with ALL of that and it REALLY makes flying a BREEZE!!!

Tuck and her Hubby had waited VERY patiently as the OTHERS exited the plane and came downstairs and when I was FINALLY wheeled to the elevator, I looked over the railing to the Coffee Shop below and there was Tuck  waving WILDLY up at me and I was waving JUST as WILDLY back at her!!!  Remember, I was BALANCING my walker on my lap BUT forgot ALL about that when I saw her.  :)  The reason it took me so long to get there was there were 3 people that had wheelchair assistance BUT only one wheelchair!!!  LOL

From the FIRST HUG, we started talking and we NEVER STOPPED until we had to hug Good-bye.  Her best Friend of MORE than 30 years was there at the airport with HER Hubby as they were picking up a Friend of there's that wound up on the SAME plane that I was on. :)  I hadn't seen her on the plane BUT she had seen me - not too many people with a cane and a walker, LOL.  

After we got ME unloaded of ALL the things that I was holding, I FINALLY got to give Tuck the LONG AWAITED HUG that we had been waiting for since we FIRST met on MH last April!!!  We ALWAYS knew that we had a connection because of the grief that we each had suffered.  The closeness that we had with our Dad's and the way that we BOTH were Caregiver's to our Parent's.  From that connection grew the Friendship over the month's.  We had shared so much of our lives BEFORE we EVER met 2 weeks ago, that we ALREADY were "Best and Dear" Friends!!! When we FIRST hugged it was as if we had been "separated" for many years BUT NEVER felt as though it was a FIRST meeting.  We already knew EVERYTHING there was to know about each other and therefore there was NO awkwardness between us. We TRULY felt that we had known each other our ENTIRE lives!!

So AFTER all of the introductions AND loading up the car we headed back to their CUTE little Cottage.  It's small, as Tuck has said, BUT it is SO CUTE and comfy!!!  Tuck has it decorated to the "T's" {as my Mom would have said} in a PERFECT Beach Theme with ALL of the Beautiful shells that she has collected in the months that she has been there.  Her cute Duplex is half-a-block from the beach and there are "TONS" of shells just laying on the beach.  The sand LOOKS as white as snow!!!!  I've NEVER seen sand that PERFECT.  It's PERFECTLY clean and SOFT and FINE!!!  ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!  The sunsets AND sunrises ARE just as PERFECT and BEAUTIFUL as Tuck has described. Everyone of them will "take your breath away"!! Tuck, as you all know, is a VERY accomplished Photographer and I was PRIVILEGED to see the MAGNIFICENT pictures that she has taken and Framed and hung on her walls.  She could EASILY be a PROFESSIONAL Photographer and sell her Lovely Pictures in some of the quaint little shops that line Mexico Beach!!

The first evening I was there, Tuck and her Husband and Friends took us to A BEAUTIFUL Restaurant in Mexico Beach where we could see the Sunset on the Gulf.  It was breathtaking and the seafood was "to die for"!!! {I had the Shrimp!} The food the ENTIRE week was DELICIOUS!!! They have WONDERFUL Restaurants in that area of the Panhandle. We ate in one that was upstairs, in Appalachacola {sp?}, that had the BEST shrimp and homemade Potato Chips!!  By the way, Tuck is an EXCELLENT cook too!! But then I bet NO ONE is surprised about that. There's NOT much that she ISN'T good at. :}  She makes an OUTSTANDING Chili - we had that one night as the weather was cool while I was there. She ALSO makes a GREAT Key Lime Pie!!  We ALSO ate at a FANTASTIC Restaurant called  "Uncle Ernie's" and I had the Crab Cakes.  There was SO much food that I took a LOT of mine home with me and finished it up the NEXT day.  I do that a lot as I don't eat very much at meals. :{   There was ALSO a GREAT Hamburger place in Pier Park that advertises how GREAT their hamburgers are and BELIEVE ME they WERE as great as they advertised.  I'm sorry but I don't remember the name of it as I don't have ALL of my stuff yet.  Tuck is shipping a lot of it too me because it would have cost me WAY too much money to by a 2nd suitcase AND pay the baggage fees for the airline.  :{  The information on the places that I saw are in the box that will be shipped. {Along with a BEAUTIFUL mirror Framed with SeaShells that Tuck bought for me as a gift.  It is the MOST BEAUTIFUL mirror I've EVER seen and will look WONDERFUL in my room!!! Can't wait to get it!!!  :}  She ALSO bought me the CUTEST shirt.  We had GREAT shopping trips!!!!

There's not too many places that they didn't show me while I was there!! Tuck and her Hubby are the BEST Tour Guides as they ALREADY know the area because they have been there since November!! There are MORE shops than you could EVER see in a year in that area.  Some offer many of the same things BUT each is STILL a little different from the one before it!!! Some of the MOST fun are the "Dollar Stores" as they have much of the same things that the OTHER stores have BUT of course MUCH cheaper than the "mainstream" stores. :)  It's ALWAYS fun when you can save money.  Anyway, that's what I like!!!  LOL  There was only ONE day that we didn't do much and it was a rainy morning and we were hurting a little so we took it easy - STILL went to Wal-Mart - but that was about it.  :)  

We TALKED incessantly!! Whether we had JUST awakened and were in our robes OR were driving to yet ANOTHER adventure OR were back home in the evening and tired - the talking NEVER ceased!!!!  We would ACTUALLY fall asleep talking - Tuck on the Sofa and me right beside her in the recliner!!  LOL

We took SO many pictures that there will be NO PROBLEM remembering the GREAT time that we had OR the places that we saw.  The FUN part was getting to see and do these things together. Getting to talk in PERSON instead of holding a phone to your ear OR texting OR e-mailing OR PMing each other on MH.  All we had to do was "open our mouths and talk"!!!!  And BELIEVE me we DID!!!!

Some of the best parts were driving to our destination as EACH time you look out at the Gulf it looks DIFFERENT!!! A lot of the highways we took ran right along side the Gulf and when it didn't the scenery was STILL Beautiful!!!!

Florida scenery is like no other.  Just as AZ scenery isn't like any other.  That's what makes Florida different from MOST states!!  My Husband, Jean, was from Florida so I was VERY familiar with the state as I've visited there for 14 or 15 years straight and drove through the Panhandle EVERY time that we went. BUT NEVER that close to the Gulf.  We were ALWAYS  on Interstate 10 going to Kissimmee, so I NEVER got to see that Beautiful part of the Panhandle before.  It was a PRIVILEGE to get to FINALLY see the Beauty in it!!!  Believe me, Interstate 10 is a VERY LONG AND LONELY drive!!!  The roads that I was on with Tuck were Breathtakingly Beautiful!!!!  

You know Tuck and her Hubby asked me what I liked the BEST about the Trip, my answer was "just getting to MEET Tuck"!!! That's what WAS the VERY BEST for me.  The REST of the trip was the "icing on the cake" as far as I was concerned. There was NOTHING that was dull or boring or not fun.  I LOVED EVERY SECOND of it.  I WILL be going back AT LEAST once next year.  I've been invited back to visit for 2 weeks in the fall and 2 weeks in January or February!!  Unfortunately, I won't be able to do BOTH of those as I can't afford it moneywise {unless I win the LOTTERY} BUT I WILL be back for ONE of those times and it WILL be for 2 weeks next time.  

Tuck and her Hubby are NOT ONLY the perfect Tour Guides BUT are the MOST GRACIOUS Hosts and Hostess that I could EVER hope to have!!! Tuck and I have ALWAYS felt like we were Sisters BUT NOW I truly feel a part of Tuck's ENTIRE Family!!! I even got to meet one of her boys via Skype!! Tuck ALSO knows that she AND her Hubby are part of MY Family here in AZ, TOO!!  She is EVEN an Adopted Grandmother to MY 2 Granddaughters!! They talk to her on the phone and have been doing that for MANY months now!! :)  The beautiful part is I NEVER was made to feel as if I were a guest - I was ALWAYS a part of the Family!!

They were EVEN gracious when we had to leave for the airport at 4:15 AM to get me there for my 6:30 AM Flight home!!!  NEXT time I fly I HOPE that the times will be MORE reasonable. But considering that the ticket was "FREE" I'm SURE not going to complain!!!  LOL   It was EXTREMELY difficult saying Good-by to people that I have grown to love as Family!!!!  You ALL can relate to that for sure. :{  We had KNOWN that the time would be coming BUT that week FLEW BY!!!!  It seemed that I'd JUST arrived the day before and then it was time to go.  I NEVER realized how FAST 8 days would fly by!!!  So once we turned loose of each other and I went to get "patted down" {the artificial hip sets of their detectors BIG TIME} the tears flowed for the entire trip to Atlanta!!!  It was VERY difficult to leave Tuck and her Hubby BUT now we are back to TEXTING or E-MAILING or PMing on MH or TALKING on the phone once again until NEXT time!!!!  

The ONE thing I know is that we will be seeing each other FREQUENTLY.  This IS a life-long Friendship that will NEVER end. I feel so VERY BLESSED to have met a Friend that I've become so close to at this stage of my life and of ALL things "on the INTERNET"!!!!!  I NEVER would have believed it possible UNLESS it had happened to me.  

That's ANOTHER blessing that I owe to MH.  Not only do I have this INCREDIBLE Friendship with Tuck BUT look at all of the OTHER Friends I have met here on MH.  I am TRULY BLESSED!!!!

Much Love and {{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}} to ALL who read this.........Mama Sherry  :}

Tuck - THANK YOU once again.  I can't wait until we are together again and relaxing and "gabbing" up a STORM!!!
You and your Hubby have ALREADY given me a LIFETIME of Memories!!!  Much Love, Your Big Sis  :}

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by geminigirl1963, Feb 05, 2011
I'm so glad you had such a wonderful trip and visit with Tuck and her family.  Your description of the trip and your adventures was wonderful and I could just picture the two of you walking and talking and all the beautiful sights!  I've only been to FL one time and it was to New Smyrna Beach so it wasn't the Gulf side of the state.  Even that side that I was on was absolutely beautiful and I can imagine the Gulf side is even more spectacular.

I'm also glad that the airline made it so easy for you with teh wheelchair assistance.  I know that had to have made your actual travel so much more enjoyable.  It's so often hard enough even for those who can RUN to their gates to make it on time, like you, there would be absolutely NO way that I would make without that assistance.

Looking forward to seeing some of your pictures!

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by tssue57, Feb 05, 2011
Well I have to say that I just became a member of this site about three days ago and Tuck was one of the first to respond to my post, so reading your story was very interesting not only because it is a beautifully detailed account but gave me some insite to Tuck. Sounds as if you are very close and if you have been a support to each other and that is a good thing. Not sure what your situation is but seems as if Tuck has been a help to you as well. I am located in Cincinnati, Ohio but have a second home in Arizona, would be interested to know where you are located in Arizona. What a small world. Thanks again for sharing.


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by namnam46, Feb 05, 2011
Hi Robyn,

I'm SO glad that you enjoyed hearing about my trip!!  Like you, I hadn't known too much about the Panhandle as the ONLY part I EVER saw was the LONG drive on I-10!!!  LOL  My Hubby ALWAYS had ME drive the Panhandle.  He HATED that TERRIBLE part of the trip.  There's ALMOST NOTHING THERE. No buildings, towns, NOTHING!!!  Just emptiness.LOL

But when you get off of I-10 there's this BEAUTIFUL part of Florida that I NEVER knew existed.  It's straight out of a Travel Brochure or Book.  ABSOLUTELY Beautiful!!!  You would love it.  Parts of it ALMOST feel like you are in a Fishing community.  The fishing boats that they use to bring in the lobsters, clams, shrimp, etc. are sitting along the waterfront.  When we ate at "Uncle Ernie's" I was sitting looking out at he boats as the Sun set behind them.  It's one of the MOST picturesque places I've EVER seen AND I've even been to quite a few places from the Caribbean to Alaska and over 35 states in America.  So I've seen a LOT of places and NONE beat this. :)

The wheelchair assistance is DEFINITELY the way to go when you have CP OR have just had surgery.  Of course, in my case it was both PLUS I'm not a kid anymore either!!  :}

I'm still trying to figure out how to put pictures on the computer but at least if you go to Tuck's profile, you can see a couple of pictures of us together!!  Then you'll FINALLY know what I look like!!!  I'm the one with the short hair!!!  {Along with the freckles and the wrinkles.}  :}  Never mind, I just realized that yours was one of the comments that Tuck read to me one morning after we had just awakened.  She's like me and will check on MH BEFORE she does ANYTHING else {except she DOES get her coffee first}.  LOL  Some things are MUCH more important and you HAVE to have the caffeine!! :}

{{{{HUGS}}}}..........Mama Sherry

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by namnam46, Feb 05, 2011
Hi Suzanne,

I joined last March and started talking with Tuck via Private Messages here on MH {MedHelp} when here Dad was so ill right before he passed away last May.  I'd lost both of my parents 6 weeks apart almost 17 years ago and lost my husband 14 years ago and my son 11 years ago and so I'd had, unfortunately, a LOT of experience with DEVASTATING loss of loved ones.  I started PMing her and the rest is History!!  We forged a Friendship that I thought was ONLY possible when you had known someone ALL of your life from school or something along that line.  I'm VERY  blessed to have found such a wonderful friend.  

You will be surprised the number of Friend's you will gain by being an active member here.  I've got MANY Friends from MH and we stay in touch either here on MH or on FB {Facebook}.

I live in Anthem, AZ about 15 minutes north of Phoenix.  Where is your 2nd home here?  I've been here ONLY for
1 and 1/2 years, so I'm relatively new here. :}  I DO love it here though and it SURE helps my Osteoarthritis!!

Hope to see a LOT of you on MH!!............Sherry

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by Tuckamore, Feb 06, 2011
My Dear Friend,

I could not have written this better....and I am so glad to hear what I had had a good time. Needless to say I had just as great of time. You are so correct...the time flew. When I first heard "eight days" I was concerned that we may get bored or run out of things to say or do. NEVER happened. And I don't think it ever will.

I thank you for all your kind words regarding your visit...but what you didn't say is that it's very easy to be a good hostess when you have a perfect house guest. But that it a poor choice of words because you never felt like a felt like family from the time you stepped of the plane.

MedHelp is responsible for bringing us together. They should be commended for provided such a positive, support forum that is conducive to building good relationships of all kinds.

Sherry, my door is always open. Our beautiful little beach community with the breathtaking, beaches and sunsets misses you and so do I. We can't wait for you to return.


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by flower12345, Feb 17, 2011
Hi Mama Sherry. Thank you so much for writing about your wonderful trip. I am thrilled that you and Tuck got to spend time together! It really is amazing that you met here. It's rare to find someone that you connect with like that. It really is so very special. I am so happy for you both!



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by namnam46, Feb 18, 2011
HI Flower,

It's so nice to see you on here AGAIN!!!  We've missed you!!!

I'm so VERY glad that you enjoyed My Trip Journal.  You've been so sweet to inquire about it.

I'll be answering your PM today!!

I'm sending you MUCH LOVE and MEGA {{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}...............Mama Sherry  :)

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by remar, Sep 16, 2015
Hi Sherry.
I'm reading your journal post because Tuck told me you will visiting again in a couple of weeks. She is so very excited!
We've all 3 been members here for years but I've just gotten to know Tuck since I joined the Pain forum a couple of months ago. She is a true angel and has been there to support and help me through a lot of hard times with my pain.
I too met a very dear friend here at Medhelp almost 4 years ago. He lives in England. After talking here, emailing, webcaming and talking on the phone, our family invited him to come for a visit. He did just that two years ago and stayed for 3 weeks. We found a nice hotel for him that was close to me and my husband and also my Mom and step father. Those 3 weeks just flew by so fast! It was so wonderful when he got off of the plane and we finally got to hug for the first time. His visit was wonderful and there was not one dull moment. My Mom and daughter went to visit him in March of this year. My daughter got to spend a week with him and then she was off to get her yoga training. My Mom came a week later and then two weeks later they met up with my daughter and all 3 of them had a week together. It was an incredible vacation for all of them. People can't believe that we met on the internet but we did. David will be a life long friend of ours just like you and Tuck will be life long friends. She is such a special woman and I am so very happy that the two of you met each other. Not much longer and you will be there again. I know you both are must be so excited. I hope you don't mind my writing to you. Tuck talks a lot about you and the very special friendship the two of you have. I feel like I know you a little even though we've never even messaged each other. I have no doubt you will have the most wonderful vacation with Tuck and her husband.
Take care.

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by namnam46, Sep 25, 2015
Hi Corena!  :)   I'm SOOO HAPPY you read my post!  I've seen you so much on MH & feel I've always known you.  LOL!

I LOVED your story about meeting David on MH & I'm so glad you've had the same incredible experience that Tuck & I have enjoyed. He sounds like such a delight person and I know you feel very blessed to have your entire family benefit in your friendship.  :)   What a wonderful story.  I hope you have shared your story with the Moderator's as MH LOVES stories such as your's and David's and Tuck's and mine.  :)  

I sent you a Friend invite just a few minutes ago.  I would love it if you would accept it.  :)

I want to thank you again for reading my journal. :)  It means so much that you cared about Tuck enough that you wanted to learn about our Friendship.  I look forward to OUR new friendship because Tuck speaks so sweetly about you.         ........    Sherry  :)

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by remar, Sep 25, 2015
Hi Sherry.
I so enjoyed reading about your trip to see Tuck. It's so rare to actually meet our friends in person that we've made here at MH. My husband is an owner operator so he has traveled all over the country. He got to meet another friend that we made here a few years ago. His name is Scott and he used to be very active on the anxiety forum. He and his wife live in VA and my husband had a run going right to their town. I let Scott know that my husband Mark, was coming that way and he said, I would love for him to come and spend the day with us. Just let me know what time and I'll come pick him up. They live in the country on a small road so there was no way my husband could get his big truck to their home. They did spend the day together and had a wonderful time. I'm still friends with Scott on FB.
It was a dream come true to meet David. I'm really hoping he and his fiance will honeymoon here. He was married to the love of his life for 50 years and lost her 3 years ago. I'm so happy that he found love again.
Tuck is really a true angel on earth. I love her so much and I know you feel the same way. She is always there for me and for everyone else. She takes time out of her day to take care of people on the pain forum even though she deals with excruciating herself every single day. I feel so very blessed to have her as my friend.
I know that you arrived Tuesday. Tuck has been so excited for weeks. She wanted to make sure everything was perfect for you and that you feel completely at home when you got there. She was looking forward to your late night talks, shopping, walking on the beach and just having girl time. I'm so glad you were able to make it this year. I have no doubt you and Tuck are having the most wonderful time together.
Thank you so much for the friend invite! That is so sweet of you.
Take care and enjoy your time with Tuck.
Big hugs to you!

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by namnam46, Sep 29, 2015
Hi Corena.  

You are so right about Tuck!   She IS everything you said and more. :)
How fortunate you and your husband are to have been able to meet 2 people from MH.  I've always felt that the people on MH, for the most part, are extremely loving and good people.  I think the people we meet here are an added benefit that we don't realize get until we've been on here and see how truly caring and kind they are.  (Just like YOU!!)   :)   I can't imagine any other website being as warm and caring as MH.  :)   I DO feel TRULY BLESSED!  :)   Tuck & I are constantly talking and laughing.  Once we get together it's as if we were never separated.  It's amazing.  I'm sure that you and David know exactly what that feels like.  Wouldn't that be wonderful if he and his fiance could come over here for their honeymoon.  You are so right, he is such a lucky person to have found someone again.  He must have had a wonderful marriage to the "love of his life".   How wonderful he has the chance to experience such a love again.  :)

Thanks for accepting the friend invite.  :)  Take care and have a good day.                  ...............          Sherry    :)

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by remar, Sep 29, 2015
Hi Sherry.
Tuck is an amazing woman and we're both so blessed to have found her here on MH. I hope the two of you are having a wonderful visit. She told me that Sunday both of you were dealing with a lot of pain. I'm so very sorry to hear that. I do hope you're both feeling a little better now.
I couldn't agree with you more. I've been to several sites over the years but MH is a very special site and that's why I've stayed here. It's kind of rare to make wonderful friends on websites but it seems like it's kind of common here. I know it's because we have such caring and compassionate members. Unfortunately, we get an occasional troll but MH is so good about getting rid of them.
I've seen both you and Tuck here for so long but we really never talked. I'm so happy to be friends with both of you now.
I hope David and his fiance will come here for their honeymoon too. It would be so great to see him again. We'll see. They haven't even set a wedding date yet. Once they do I'm sure they will start planning their honeymoon
I told Tuck that I was getting ready to send you a friend invite and saw that you had already beat me to it. Ha ha! Thank you so much.
Take care. Big hugs to you.

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by namnam46, Sep 29, 2015
Hi Corena,

I HOPE that when (I'm using the power of positive thinking) David and his Fiance come, you will take lots of pictures of you guys together and put them up on MH on your Profile.  It would be such fun to see your picture together.  :)

Lots of BIG HUGS back!            Sherry   :)

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by namnam46, Sep 29, 2015
Hi Corena,

I HOPE that when (I'm using the power of positive thinking) David and his Fiance come, you will take lots of pictures of you guys together and put them up on MH on your Profile.  It would be such fun to see your picture together.  :)

Lots of BIG HUGS back!            Sherry   :)

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