It’s Monday again. Not sure how that happened but the weeks seem to fly by faster and faster. It’s almost August which means this summer is nearly over. And I haven’t made as much progress on my fitness challenge as I had hoped. This could be an actual picture of me right now. It’s how I’m feeling.
Travel is hard on the body. If you have extra weight to carry it’s even harder. It’s one of the reasons I chose a four hour non-stop flight. The Toronto airport is insane. The most insane airport I’ve ever been to.
What makes travel so hard on the body? It’s the long hours of sitting in a tight seat on an airplane with very little leg room. This can cause legs and knees to swell up to unrealistic proportions and cause stiffness, pain and worse – blood clots.
Never mind sitting between passengers who are constantly coughing, and sneezing all over the place – why do people insist on traveling while sick? I’ll never understand this.
And then there’s navigating the angry mob of tourists stuck at an airport without air conditioning on a hot sweltering day. Only to find out that their plane has been delayed or gates have been switched last minute.
These are all things I experienced this past week… and it seems to happen every time I travel.
Knowing the distance between security and the gate would be a long haul, I took my time making my way over to the gate. My knee had been swollen all week – still is. I have water in the knee which makes walking painful. I think it was the humidity that did it. And probably all the stairs I did while in Toronto. I did a lot of stairs. I probably walked three hours daily minimum.
I got to the gate and sat down. Only to find out that our gates had been switched. I had to walk all the way back to gate 24. Where I had started from. By that point, my knee was so swollen that I was about to cry. Luckily, two older women were helped onto a shuttle and I asked if I could climb on. I managed to snag a ride for at least 3/4 of the way back to gate 24.
By this point, I was hot and sweaty and not happy. I also did something I never do. I asked if I could get onto the plane along with the elderly that needed help. My knee was in rough shape. It still is today. I’ve had my leg elevated since I got home.
This is a sign I need to lose more weight. The more walking I do the harder it is on my knees. I have hypermobility which means at best of times – my knees pop out of joint. A knee surgery at the age of 8 resulted in losing all the cartilage. I have no idea what the docs did. It was the 80’s. Surgery was primitive. I remember being stuck in a full length cast for two months at Christmas time. And it sucked big time.
I also remember the painful thing that was physical therapy. My mum used to yell at me to do my nightly exercises. She didn’t realize just how much every step hurt. Even being in the pool two weeks after my cast was removed – was so painful that I cried myself to sleep at night.
I hear that water therapy has come a long way since the 80’s. But the trauma from that surgery still lingers today. I passed out when they removed the cast because of the smell.
It’s mostly why I refuse to have my left knee fixed. I’m so afraid of surgery and recovery. I lived in a building that has stairs. I would be housebound for months. And all that weight I have taken off to this date would be put back on and then some.
So, for me, and millions of other people around the world who struggle with daily pain – travel is extremely challenging for me. It’s why I stick to travel within my country. I’d love to see the world. But I know my knees wouldn’t handle long distance traveling.
There are places I want to see. Cities I want to explore. I’d love to get back into mountain hiking again. But I fear that with age these things are a pipe dream.
I’m convinced scientists need to invent teleportation. That’s one super power I wish I had. Imagine being able to transport yourself across the world in minutes. That would be so freaking sweet. Of course, knowing my luck, my experience would look something like this. Remember this classic movie? Jeff Goldblum?
This coming from the era when movies were great.
Anyway. So that’s where I am today. Grateful to have a day off. Vacations are always over too quickly. I’m siting back in my recliner with my feet up. The fan is on – even though it’s raining outside. Again. Yeah, you read that right. It’s still raining.
I’m putting together my shopping list for the week. I need to get back into healthy eating and cooking. I need to make some new fitness goals. While Toronto was a great break away, my body needs more time than most to recover from travel.
I’m sure I’m not the only one out there with issues like these. So, I’m going to link you to a few articles I wrote earlier on how to treat knee pain and treat yourself with some self-care.
Happy Monday? I think not…can we just go back in time so I can do last week all over again? Can’t we make time travel and teleportation a reality? Is that asking too much?