Taking a chance

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………

dining en plein air!
dining en plein air!

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!

View from the station by Colette
View from the station by Colette

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


4 thoughts on “Taking a chance”

  1. Well done BER. It sounds really exciting. Love the pics. The one with the clear blue sky took my breath away.

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