Last week myself and my good friend Colette took the train to the south east for a few days break in a hotel in wexford. This may not seem unusual , but for me it really was. It is over ten years since I’ve traveled on a train and to be honest, as the years have gone by it seemed less likely that I ever would.
Chronic pain and travelling are not good bedfellows. I have Nuropathic pain (nerve pain) which is aggravated by any kind of movement. The idea of sitting on a train for over two hours was daunting. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy but I really wanted to have a proper break, a real holiday, the first in a very long time.
Without the patience and encouragement of Colette I’d never of done it . The train journey was better than I expected. Although I did have a nerve racking trip to the loo, which had a faulty lock. It felt like an outer body experience as I tried to negotiate my way there and back. The sound of a female voice over the intercom repeatedly advising me to “please close the door for my own privacy” only added to the madness! I brought my rollator with me, a whole new experience, but without it I’d never have managed. I haven’t got it that long so it took a bit of getting used to.
We were away for three nights. It was a lovely hotel with friendly helpful staff. On the second day I met up with an old friend whom I haven’t seen for ages. He joined us for lunch at a lovely little place close to the hotel. It was a glorious day and we were able to sit outside in the sunny courtyard. I almost had to pinch myself………
When the pain got too much I retreated to my room, closed the curtains, did my meditation, rested and by the following morning would feel better. I always enjoyed breakfast as my energy was better and who could resist all that lovely food!
Before we knew it we were on our return trip. I found it a bit more painful, but managed to relax and enjoy the countryside whizzing by.
Since I’ve been back I have had a flare up of pain . Its hardly surprising as I pushed myself well outside my comfort zone. Pacing is very important in the management of chronic pain. More about that in another post.
I took the chance, faced my fears and have no regrets