As a child I was pretty daring when it came to choosing amusement park rides. The only ones I would avoid were the roller coasters that had loops. I am not a fan of being upside down. Heights never bothered me. Unfortuneately I didn’t have the opportunity to ride Slash Mountain as a child. I was in my thirties when I first attempted this attraction and it scared the living daylights out of me. This was also when chronic pain started changing how I reacted to different situations. So for many years I have stayed far away from this ride, too terrified to try again….that is until last Saturday…..
I honestly don’t know why or what prompted me to tell my Prince Charming that I wanted to go on Splash Mountain with him. He was as shocked as I was, mainly because this was the first time I suggested it without an ounce of fear or hesitation in my voice. Click here for video of my reaction. Until that day, anytime I even thought about that ride, my tummy would knot up and I would feel faint. But not this time. I found myself to be as excited as I would have been as a child. An interesting side note is that I had asked my husband if there had been a change in my personality after I began treating my pain with marijuana. His reply was that the only change was that I was back to the fun loving woman he married. And now a year later my love for thrill rides has returned….I don’t know if there is a connection or not, but I can honestly say that how I treat my pain has definitely given me back my life.
By the way this post will not be addressing the accessibility for the handicapped, I will be addressing that another day since I have quite a bit to share on that subject.
As we made our way to the attraction I expected to feel butterflies in my stomach. But they never came. My fear was completely gone, but I hadn’t lost my mind since I still had the sense to decline riding Screaming over in California Adventure. It wasn’t until the first drop that I began to wonder if I had made a mistake, but that feeling faded quickly. In fact I was disappointed when we reached the final drop, I WANTED MORE!!!
My husband and I were both blown away by my reaction and started
discussing what was different between my two experiences. The first difference was my pain medication. I was taking prescription narcotics the first time and this time I was medicated with marijuana. No I did not smoke a joint in the parking lot, I medicated with a pinch of an Indica Edible. This keeps my muscles relaxed and allows me to enjoy a day out of the house. The second difference is where I was seated on the ride. The first time I was in the middle, where the sides are low, leg room is minimal, and the backrest is narrow. There are no seat belts and I didn’t feel secure. This time I sat in the very last seat. The back seat provides a full back rest, plenty of leg room, and the sides are raised. I felt safe and secure throughout the entire ride. I had worried about holding my camera while riding, but it wasn’t an issue. I plan to ride this attraction many more times in the future, but with one condition, and that is that I must sit in the back seat. Thankfully the cast members are very considerate of the handicapped guest’s needs and I won’t hesistate to make my request.
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