Hi everyone! Wanted to share my excitement about travelling to the UK at last. Since coming out of hospital last year on 16hrs oxygen a day, I thought I'd never be able to leave Spain again to visit my family in the UK. Having been reduced to just nightly oxygen and when excercising by my specialist in October, I merrily booked a flight for over Christmas but had to cancel because of another infection which meant my doctor was not happy about me flying. (I must admit I was very scared of doing so too!). But then a month ago, when my daughter had a baby boy I was determined to stay well and get to see her.
We're booked to go by ferry this Sunday - driving up through Spain to Bilbao then 24hr overnight ferry to Porstmouth and 2 hour drive to Bath. Taking my Inogen One G2 portable with me and organised for continuous-flow oxygen to be at my daughter's house for our arrival. (Bit of a palava organising it to be reciprocally provided free on the NHS, but persevered and won in the end!)
Now all I need to do is stay infection-free! Going to my doc's on Thursday morning for her to check me out and provide me with my emergency pack of antibiotics and steroids (I wonder which AB she'll choose this time!). Will also need her to provide a 'fit to travel' note. So fingers crossed all round.
Still a bit scared as it was this trip last year that nearly wiped me out! Going to have to be very selective with social gatherings and avoid my granddaughter's 2 year birthday party I think. (Have to have our own private party with her new baby cousin!).
Never saw myself as a doting grandmother - never thought I'd live this long!!
Thanks for reading
BTW. I've got COPD (Emphysema)