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.