Why I’m Missing Out On All The Fun

 If you follow any of us on social media, you may have noticed that I’m not with Josh and his family in Disney World. You may have wondered why! A few people have already asked, so I thought I’d write up this little explanation for the curious.

It’s not because I didn’t want to go, or that I don’t like his family, or anything as dramatic as that… I think it’s obvious that I LOVE my in-laws, and I would’ve loved to go to Disney World with them. The truth is, theme parks and me are not very compatible. I have Crohn’s disease, and that makes lots of things difficult. Long drives, roller coasters, lots of walking, public bathrooms, eating out too much, standing in lines (they make me so anxious!), etc. Pretty much everything involved with theme parks is not very fun for me.

So I stayed home!

Quick aside: I feel awkward explaining my decision to people; I’m not sure why. I guess I’m afraid they won’t believe me, because I “seem” perfectly healthy. Or that if they do believe me, they’ll think less of me somehow. I know that’s silly.. most people have the ability to empathize. As for the ones who don’t, frankly, why should I care? I’m working on caring less about what people *might* think of me. But anyway.

Josh and I brainstormed for months to try to come up with a way I could go and have a good time without running myself into the ground (I could just go into the parks a couple of the days and hang out in the hotel room the rest of the time! We could bring all the food I’d need! I could rent a wheelchair!) but in the end I decided I’d rather stay home and keep Lulu company.

Don’t worry, I’m not sad about staying home! I do miss having Josh around, but I’m thrilled that he’s getting to experience Disney World with his family. And to be honest, my introverted self doesn’t mind the extra alone time to work on projects uninterrupted.

That being said, he’s only been gone for two days, so.. we’ll see how I feel on Wednesday! I’m guessing I’ll be over my uninterrupted projects by then. 😉

12 thoughts on “Why I’m Missing Out On All The Fun

  1. Kelli, I know exactly how that is. It kinda sucks, but oh well. Sounds like you’re enjoying yourself anyway!

    I have crohn’s disease too, and in a funny way, you’ve helped me deal with it a bit. I’ve read what you’ve shared on your blog or other social pages and I’ve found inspiration in watching you living life with the disease. So thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  2. Ugh, I totally understand! I’ve had Celiac Disease for years now and I hate the uncertainty that comes with travel. I never know if the food is GUARANTEED 100% gluten free and I never know what’s going to set me off or cause severe abdominal pain, sending me in search of the nearest restroom. I definitely feel for you! You just keep on keeping on, girl! I’m believing that God’s going to heal me, and I believe He can heal you too!

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  3. Don’t feel awkward or bad about it! I have POTS and Disney World was a very difficult experience, so I totally understand! Have a wonderful time home alone. 🙂

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  4. Definitely don’t feel bad about it! I totally understand, even though I don’t have Crohns (so I can’t truly empathize according to the meaning of the word), but that must really suck. Anyway I hope you have a good time at home, and hopefully you won’t start to feel lonely. 🙂

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  5. Thanks for sharing this, Kelli! You know how curious we can be😉
    I don’t like theme parks that much myself! Not a roller coaster person…don’t enjoy hot and humid weather…and the prices of food and things? yikes! 🙈
    Hope you enjoy the rest of your week with lulu!

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  6. I met Josh and Jordan at Epcot yesterday and asked where you were! So sorry to have missed you but I totally get it – nothing quite like home! And living with a chronic certainly adds to that. (I have thyroid problems and am gluten-free, so it’s not as extreme, but I do understand a little.) I don’t like rollercoasters, either, so there was a lot of time where I’d just sit with our stroller and my baby sister while my family went on rides. Not quite as fun as sitting at home, but we had fun. Anyway, hope you’re having a good time in your quiet house! : )

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  11. My pastor has the same thing and is in and out of the hospital because of the disease, so I can understand how you wouldn’t want to go to a place where public restrooms are a constant necessity while feeling pain so often. I’m sorry you have to go through that. It is not fun, from the looks of it. Keep that water on hand! 🙂

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