I’ve been home for nearly a week now but have been so caught up in the whirlwind of travelling (and recovering) that I haven’t been able to put my mind to writing much since, but I’m back now and will get into the swing of things again.
I’ll start by saying that the trip to New York was an amazing experience, I still can’t quite believe it happened! We managed to fit quite a lot of the usual sightseeing highlights into four days, which was pretty exhausting, even for the fit and healthy amongst us! All I can say is… THANK GOD for steroids! I’m so glad that I was able to have my worst joints injected with cortisone 4-5 days before the trip and took a short increase in my prednisolone to give me a boost; I’m not sure how I’d have managed without, but with them I was able to keep up with everyone else for the most part.
We did do quite a bit of walking but mainly we travelled by the subway, which I found to be fine despite several warnings from others. I even managed to get a seat most of the time. I did take my portable stool (although it was temporarily confiscated by security at the Empire State Building!) but only used it a few times; knowing I had it if needed was reassuring though. We also tried to plan things so that a ‘walking activity’ such as a museum or shop, was followed by a seated one – like the bus tour and cruise, giving time to recuperate. Taking my painkillers regularly also helped of course – I could tell when I needed a top up as I would start to flag a bit, but soon perked up again.
My highlights of the trip have to be:
- The Yankees baseball match – a sport we don’t have here and brilliant, fun atmosphere.
- The Planetarium show at the Museum of Natural History – amazing!
- The Harbour lights night cruise around the islands (despite getting drenched!).
- Seeing Times Square on the first night, when all the lights and the hustle and bustle made a big impression.
- The view from the top of the Empire State Building.
Something that I learnt whilst in New York is that people there do not seem to pee! Or if they do, I’m not sure where, because it is very difficult to find a toilet anywhere, even in eateries! This is no good for those of us on steroids, retaining water – which from our photographs I obviously was. I literally look like I have a swimming ring on beneath my clothes… BUT I’m not going to complain because it allowed me to have such a fantastic time.
I think I’ll be buzzing with excitement for a while to come yet, plus we already want to start organising our second trip to America for some time next year. However, we need to get my health stable before we do, as that will be a longer trip and no amount of steroids will cover me.
I’ll be back tomorrow with a Still’s update.
Ps. I never did find a Twinkie.