I think I am getting the hang of this blogging thing again now. Looking at my last post in the previous regime I see that it was almost exactly two years ago to the day that I made it, the 22nd of May 2016.
Also the little caravan thats in the pictures in one the last two ‘Cornwall’ posts has now been swapped for a nice big motorhome which we are making the most of despite a couple of interruptions in our trip schedules since we bought it.
I lost a lot of last summer going back and forth to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford for the diagnosis of a heart arrythmia which was fixed with an ablation operation at the end of the summer. All is well now and I am cycling again when time, weather and motorhome trips allow.
This year hasn’t been without its trauma’s. In March we set off on a six week plus trip to Spain, intending to go down through France, around the Spanish coast and back via Portugal and France. However after about 3 weeks we had got almost as far south as we had planned to go when we had another hiccup. We were walking down to a beach and Jan slipped on a rock and managed to break multiple bones in her wrist. This meant a visit to the local clinic on a Sunday afternoon and much apprehension. However I have nothing but praise for the Spanish emergency health system. She was seen at the local clinic within minutes of arrival, despite there being other people waiting, x-rayed and diagnosed with a sprained ankle and broken wrist. She was strapped up and then we were directed the major hospital about 40 minutes away where we were shown the same fast track treatment.
I can’t stress the importance of taking the E111 health card when you go on European travels as all we had to do was show that on arrival at both places and the ‘magic’ all happened and at no cost to us. It did mean however that we had to come home earlier than expected as Jan had to be x-rayed again in nine to ten days and we thought that best to be done back at home. That meant a five day slog back to get the tunnel trip home from Calais.
Hopefully normal life has now been resumed as Jan has now had the plaster removed and is trying to get her wrist back into action. Plenty of gardening and bowling as therapy.