I had a wonderful holiday in Italy and was able to do far more than I expected, including a day trip to Florence, a 5 hour car journey from Tuscany to Sorrento and a trip to Pompeii! I'd hired a wheelchair for the holiday and I couldn't have done the Florence and Pompeii trips without it, and my trusty wheelchair pusher of course! There were the obligatory rest days in between of course. I have a feeling that the warm dry weather helped a lot. The highlight of the trip was a private boat trip from Sorrento to, and around, Capri. I was able to lie on the fore deck and combine a rest day with a day out! I even went in the sea on two occasions, something I haven't done for many years. I found I wasn't really able to swim though, my arms aren't strong enough, although, being the med floating was easy. I didn't stay in very long on either occasion but it was still an achievement.
Back home I've been reflecting on what, if anything I can learn from the holiday. On holiday there is no pressure to do anything - no 'I ought to be doing ....'. The other thing I've realised that just about everything I want to do, or think I should do, at home involves the use of my arms which are really weak. According to my Fitbit I can walk several miles in a day. This is slow walking with plenty of rests and stops for coffee and meals, not 'going for a walk' type walking. On holiday I did an average of about 4000 steps a day, including rest days, whereas at home I struggle to do 1000 if I'm at home all day. I love living in the country but there's no where to walk to and I'm not good at making myself do a short walk every day. I/we need to get better at making ourselves go out more, we live in a beautiful touristy area so may be we need to pretend to be tourists more often! It's so easy to get bogged down in everyday living.
I'm trying to decide what to do about the wheelchair. The hire company automatically debits my credit card every two weeks so I'm going to keep it a bit longer but then might look for a second hand one - I doubt I'd use it very often but it makes a lot of difference when I do.
On to my appointment tomorrow - I've read so many accounts, both good and bad, of rheumy appointments I'm a bit nervous! I hope the person I see is a good one and knowledgeable about PMR.