Disability, fibromyalgia, Hypermobility, Mobility Issues, My Life, Theme Parks

Do I Risk it or Don’t I

I’ve been a rollercoaster junkie ever since I first went on the Tower of Terror at the now defunct Camelot theme park in Lancashire, England back when I was a mere 10 year old.

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Now this takes me back…

Since then I have been to many a theme park here in the UK. Frontierland Morecambe Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures, Flamingo Land, and a few others I’ve probably forgotten.  The closest Theme Park to me now is Blackpool Pleasure Beach, which I have visited many a time.  My mum has never forgiven me for the time we were on the Log Flume there, when I was up front, and at the last second on the way down the main drop I ducked down so she got a face full of water.  And then there is Valhalla, a Viking themed water ride, where the sign says ‘You May Get Wet on this Ride’, and that turned out to be a total understatement and I took a few hours to dry out.

It’s been a few years since I last went to a theme park, and recently I have seen a videos of Blackpool Pleasure Beaches newest rollercoaster.  It’s my 38th birthday on the 4th June, and I thought that maybe a day out at Blackpool would be a perfect way to celebrate.  Until G pointed out that breaking too hard in the car throws my back into spasm.  So maaaaaaybe it’s not the best idea.  I guess I’ll never know until I try, but when the cost of trying is at best painful and at worst, absolute agony whilst I’m laid up for a few weeks, I guess I have to be sensible.

However being sensible has never been my strong point.  We shall see.

Interestingly enough, an Urban Explorer got into the abandoned Camelot theme park a few years ago.  It’s sad to see the place I spent many a happy day in during my childhood like this, but also quite interesting.

degenerative disc disease, Disability, fibromyalgia, Hypermobility

“You Must Be Feeling SOOOOOO Much Better In This Weather!!”

It’s been the hottest day of the year in some parts of Britain today.  I’m not sure whether this has been the case in Lancaster, UK, where I have spent most of today, but it certainly felt like it to me.

Today I have been to a wedding, which was very nice (I wish my sister in law and her husband all the best).  It’s been a lovely day, the sun is shining, there isn’t a cloud in the sky… But I’m sat here praying for a thunderstorm.

People automatically assume that people with illnesses like mine suffer during cold weather, and feel better in warm weather.  But this isn’t always the case.  I love winter.  Cold weather doesn’t affect me, and up until I started using a walking stick, I loved snow.  In hot weather, I feel like death warmed up.  I can’t control my temperature, and I hurt all over.  At least when it’s cold you can put more on.  there is only so much I can take off to keep cool before I get arrested for indecent exposure and trust me, you do not want to see that.   Right now, I am

a) Praying for a thunderstorm

or

b) Wanting to emigrate to the Arctic Circle

The next person who says I must be feeling better in this hot weather better be able to out run me (tbh it’s not hard).

Now please excuse me whilst I go and find a chest freezer to lie in.

degenerative disc disease, Disability, fibromyalgia, Hypermobility, Mobility Issues, My Life

Things About Having Chronic Illness That Can Be Worse Than The Illness.

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1 – The Well Meaning Person That Ends Up Mortified

There is an older lady in my local charity shop that has been there for years. I don’t know her name, but she’s always been nice and chatty whenever I go in. I lived in a different village for a while, so I didn’t get over often and she’s not seen me much until I moved back to my home town six months ago. I’ve used a walking stick for a while now, but she hadn’t seen me regularly for a long while, and yesterday, when I went to see if I could find any bargains, she asked me if my ‘injury’ would take much longer to heal. And that’s when my heart sank, and I have to do one of the worst things to do with my disability.

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