Nice holiday in Gran Canaria but I really underestimated how hard it would be on my own:-/

Hi everyone, I thought I would post on here as I've been away on holiday to Puerto Rico in Gran Canaria. I had a lovely time but I really underestimated how hard it would be on my own. Fed up with work, life, etc, I needed to get away from it all and chose Puerto Rico because I went there 6 years ago with my sister and it was great (pre-FMS). I forgot just how hilly the place was, slopes I have never encountered making it difficult to walk anywhere. I spent the week walking (allbeit shuffling) downhill and getting a taxi uphill. I never realised that walking downhill would be so hard with weak and painful legs! I walked down lots of stairs one day, my legs started shaking uncontrollabley after descending just 4 flights, about 20 flights to go! I couldn't go back up so I had to continue down, luckily there were some benches dotted around!lol. I got some real funny looks from people as I was walking with a stick - evidently the only person my age using a walking stick in Gran Canaria. I thought the sunny weather would be more therapeutic but I didn't feel any better physically. Emotionally I was a bit better but I spent all week by myself, trying to interact with people and getting little or no response. The journey home was dreadful, I was in terrible pain the whole time. I flew with Easyjet and checked in online so I thought I wouldn't queue as long, how wrong could I have been? I queued 90 minutes at the bag drop and 45 minutes to get on the plane. When the doors closed on the plane the pilot announced it would be up to an hour before take off. Well the flight was o.k. but all the while the pain was building in my legs, back, abdomen and thorax. After arriving at Gatwick airport I had to wait over 3 hours for a bus to London. I kept taking Tramadol and Paracetamol but it didn't do any good. I had to wait an hour and a half in London for a connection to Wakefield. After getting another bus I arrived home at 1pm yesterday and dropped straight onto my bed!lol. I'm glad I went away but I know I won't be able to do it again on my own.

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  • Puerto Rico is very hilly, we last went to Playa Del Cura, but I dont think I could manage those hills now, it might have to be Holland[lol]

  • Hiya, I would be inclined to agree with you there lally. The hills were lovely from the top but getting around was a challenge!lol. I think Holland would be much more appropriate now!

  • I love it there too.but nt wih this illness loads now

  • Hiya, I don't think I will be up to doing it again but I had to try it out:-) I'm still adjusting to life with FMS, realising I can no longer do some of the things I enjoy. I still push myself and regret it for a while afterwards. I need to rest up now. Hugs xxxxxx

  • Beach holidays are still great. I love going abroad.

  • Beach holidays are still great. I love going abroad.

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