Tracks and Trains with Chronic Illness


Travelling solo with chronic illness has taught me many things, these particular tracks taught me a lot!  These tracks are in Rimini, Italy, my third city, in my tour of Italy in a span of a week and a half with one more city to go.  I should have known better. Having fibromyalgia taking on too much can really fatigue a body.  In my case, I had just finished several days in Rome walking until I literally was bed ridden a day, and then taken a train to Florence and walked there until I was exhausted.  You might say I’m a stubborn woman and hate to give in to this illness.

This train station proved to me just how much my body was in pain and fatigued.  I fell down the train station stairs, not just scooting down on my behind, but actually tumbling head over heels and landing at the bottom step. I managed to injure myself pretty much.  I also learned a lot about going to a hospital in a foreign country.  Let me just say, it’s not something you want to do. I was not seen even after 4 hours of waiting.  Not until I got home did I find out that I had torn tendons in my rotator cuff, torn biceps, and a torn ACL with injured hips.  Fortunately, no blood clots.

So, dear friends, take a lesson from me.  Take your time and smell the roses in your travels, especially if you have a chronic illness.  Paris was much easier on me.  I only stayed in one city.  My body appreciated the consideration.


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  One thought on “Tracks and Trains with Chronic Illness

  1. November 17, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    Sorry about your fall. Great entry though.

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    • November 17, 2016 at 7:22 PM

      It’s wasn’t fun at the time, or many months later, but I did learn a lot. I now travel slower, enjoy cities one at a time. I also learned about mobile- photography since I couldn’t lift my DSLR in Venice and use my mobile phone more frequently to get some fantastic photos. Now I experiment with all kinds of photography to fit the situation and challenge of my illness.


  2. January 10, 2017 at 3:55 PM

    Sorry you had that experience with the fall and with the hospital. That’s really crazy about the hospital to not have diagnosed any of those injuries you had. Glad you didn’t get any blood clots and you were finally given the care you needed and I’m hoping you’ve fully recovered from those injuries. I like your positive outlook on life. With chronic illnesses, it’s easy to have bad days…………I’m not in a very good place right now, but as I’m sure you know, that changes at any given time……….Pain causes a lot of unpleasant effects on us. I’m looking forward to following your blog. Peace out!:)

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    • January 10, 2017 at 6:28 PM

      Thank you, there are good days and bad days. Right now some of my days could be better, winter time is not good for me. I look forward to warmer weather and I can tell it is time for me to travel again. I have learned to pace myself better since Italy. 🙂

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      • January 10, 2017 at 6:55 PM

        Pacing is ALWAYS a problem for me…..I have that “ALL or NOTHING” problem. When I get a good day, I always do way too much because I want to get as much done as possible because I know it will most likely be awhile before I’ll feel well enough to get up and do anything………There’s always a price to be paid. I am, however, trying to learn to pace myself and take breaks. Winter time with all the cold weather is worse for me, too. Even though, I hate summer anymore because it’s just too hot and I have intolerance to too cold or too hot weather. I hope you’re able to travel again, soon. Peace out. 🙂

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      • January 10, 2017 at 7:59 PM

        When you get to be as old as me you realize if you dont pace, you miss even more by being bedridden a day after over doing and worse pain. I too have the overwhelming urge to continue, but know i will pay for it. Fortunately age is finally making me a little wiser.😁

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      • January 10, 2017 at 8:02 PM

        Oh, I’m pretty sure I’m at least your age, if not older.:) You would think I would learn. I have 2 wonderful therapist’s always reminding me of this, but …………’s a real problem for me. My body is about 25-30 years older than my actual age. 🙂


  3. January 10, 2017 at 11:19 PM

    I’ll be 68 in March. Have no Doctors or therapist anymore. Gave up on them. I found they did me more harm than good. So am watching diet, self and trying to watch attitude. Depression is one of my largest struggles. But I figuring that one out a day at a time.


  4. January 11, 2017 at 7:15 PM

    So sorry this happened to you! I’m terrified to travel, so you are rather brave 🙂

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