I met cousins I didn't know I had, re-met cousins and other relatives I hardly see, and even met some Facebook “friends” for the first time. People cooked for us, put us up in their homes, and drove us places. At times we took over their lives I'm sure, but we never felt like a burden.
With the help of medication I controlled my circadian rhythm. I believe that was key in keeping me stable. I managed three plane flights – albeit with a few tears on take-off. I got home-sick a couple of times and snuck into the washroom to cry. My sister kept my nerves in check whenever I would start to worry and made sure I took my medication as scheduled.
I attended a large party of 80-odd people (most of them relatives I didn't know). I went on train rides, bus rides and in cars that drove on the wrong side of the road. I went to site-seeing locations full of tourists, restaurants in large groups and kept my spending under control in stores full of shoppers.
I did everything I thought I couldn't. And the world didn't blow up.