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Megan and I had originally planned to do some sort of roadtrip during her stay here in AZ. We had decided on Dana Point, CA. There was a beautiful Marriott right on the ocean, and the photos looked so beautiful I could just taste the sand and the sticky beach wind blowing through my hair. I figured even if I wasn’t feeling all that well, then I could just hang in the room and look out at the ocean. That would be okay. Unfortunately, since I was in the hospital for so long, there was no way that we were going to be able to turn around and go to California in such a short turn around time. So instead, we decided to have a stay-cation at The Phoenician.

We checked lin Saturday afternoon and headed straight to the spa for our appointments. I made an appointment for a facial and Megan had a massage. I was really jealous because I wanted more than anything someone to smooth out the pain in my back. Unfortunately, massages are off limits while I have the cancer, along with several other spa services. Usually I leave the spa relaxed and satisfied. Despite the beautiful spa and great service, I left more depressed then when I got there. Every step that I took in the spa just killed my lower back and hip. When I laid down on the facial bed, I almost screamed because of the unexpected uncomfortable position the bed was in. Usually during facials, the technician uses a steamer to open the client’s pores. The steamer during my appointment was on my face for what seemed like an eternity. A couple of times, I was concerned about my ability of being able to breathe.

I had booked the appointment for an 80 minute facial v. the standard 50 minute. The technician told me that 20 to 30 minutes of the facial was dedicated to massaging the back, neck, face, etc. Because I am not allowed to get the massage, the facial was cut a little short. I wasn’t very happy about that, mostly because of the price difference between the two options. As soon as our spa experience was finished, we headed to the suite, and I hit the bed and slept for the rest of the day and into the night.

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