It’s been more than a month since I felt myself coming down with a cold. My glands were swollen and my throat was sore. We were walking the cold and wet Camino and I started pumping the vitamin C hoping…
Alas, four and a half weeks later – and a lot of cold and flu meds, one round of antibiotics and a vat of cough syrup – I am now only coughing a couple of times an hour.
Seriously – four plus weeks.
About the time I was starting to feel better, I spent an entire day on the laptop, during a rainy and windy day in Cadiz, Spain. The next morning I woke up with a pinched nerve in my neck and a terrific pain in my arm.
I’ve been nursing that along now for the past week.
It’s not fun being sick or injured when you travel. But the reality is, when you travel full-time, it’s going to happen. There is no way around it. Eventually you are going to get sick or have an accident or injury.
Since we started our travels two and half years ago the worst thing that has happened was when my husband got bit by a dog in Thailand. Since then we have both suffered colds (although I always seem to get it worse than he does) and stomach issues (never fun, and we are very cognizant of what goes into our mouths) as well as general aches and pains most Fabulous Fifties people suffer.
I visited a dentist in Tunisia when I had a very painful tooth. She was great and helped me eliminate the pain without anything too invasive.
All in all I feel like we have been pretty lucky.
We carry general over the counter meds from the USA as well as some prescription antibiotics for emergencies. And we have found pharmacies around the world are very helpful.
Although my cough lingers ever so slightly I feel well on my way back to 100%. I’ve put myself on an ibuprofen regiment for my pinched nerve (self diagnosed but I’ve had this before and this is what my doctor recommended) and have committed to having perfect posture when I am working on the laptop from here on.
And I’m thankful. Thankful we are healthy enough in our Fab Fifties to tackle this grand adventure – come rain or shine, and in sickness and in health.