Well this past week has been a mixed bag, some highs and some lows but as always and most importantly fun!
I flew out to spain by myself last Monday (I'm getting very good at this flying malarkey, still not a fan but at least I make it onto the plane these days).
Flying by myself does throw up some issues, When I go with someone else I tend to double up on all my ostomy sprays in their allowance. I only take a cabin bag so I'm very limited on what I can take. It is always worth contacting the airline and asking what their policy is re medical supplies. I didn't need to this time as I knew Chris was following me out after a few days and could bring out anything that I needed.
I arrived in Spain in the dark and drove to my little house. I felt quite proud of myself as I hate driving, very much hate driving in the dark and obviously it's all on the wrong side of the road for me (how rude of me, I shouldn't say wrong side as it's the correct side for them, just the opposite side for me).
I woke up to 'glorious' grey skies, wind and rain...errr, hold on, something's not right, I came here for some sunshine?...where is it? Plus I managed to injure my back lifting my flight bag, so I spent the first few days in the rain, alone, googling yoga poses for back injuries.
...And then Chris arrived, he really does make everything better. Genius that he is he decided to take some affirmative action and booked us into a fabulous hotel in Madrid, so rather than storm chasers we became sunshine chasers. Madrid is 4 hours from our little villa so I needed to pack for a city break and a road trip.
I took a flask of hot water and all my normal ostomy supplies should I have needed to change my bag en route, we've never really explored Spain before (to our shame), so I wasn't sure what to expect facilities wise along the way. Thankfully I didn't need to worry as I didn't have any mishaps.
We arrived in beautiful, stunning Madrid at lunch time and walked our feet off exploring this incredible city. Chris had another surprise up his sleeve though, he booked us a suite with a huge balcony and hot tub. Now, I'm not a huge fan of hot tubs as I find the filter in my bag can't cope and it releases smell, even with one of those valve covers. But the beauty of this was the hottub was right outside our room which meant once I had a dip in there I got straight out and into our shower for a wash and bag change. It was absolutely fantastic. A real treat after a long drive and an even longer walk round the city. I was very grateful that he had been so thoughtful and so was my aching body.