Kyros accompanied his husband on a work trip to England, Sweden, Switzerland, and India over the course of two weeks. He and Monica thought it would be a good opportunity to blog about traveling with an Invisible Illness. For those of you who don’t already know, Kyros particular Invisible Illnesses are peripheral neuropathy in both feet, a torn meniscus in my left knee that has refused to heal correctly, and somewhere in-between severe lactose-intolerance and a medium dairy allergy. So this is his story...
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Day 9 - 1/29/18 - Mumbai / Pune, India
This morning, I did something I almost never do, I overslept. As I mentioned in my last installment, I usually prep everything the night before I have to travel so I can just get up and go the next morning. I was so tired by the time we actually got to our room that it was all I could do to just set up my CPAP. I paid for that lack of planning this morning when I groggily tried to pack my suitcase and get ready.
I put everything in my suitcase, zipped it up and thought I was ready to go three separate times. Each time I had forgotten something else that needed to go into it. Once was my clothes from the previous day, once was my toiletries, and the last was the jacket I’d worn on the flight in to Mumbai. I had needed a warm jacket for London’s 50º F weather. Not so much in Mumbai’s 82º F.
I had planned on taking advantage of the transit hotel complimentary foot massage this morning. Oversleeping meant I wouldn’t be able to take advantage of this much-needed perk. But as luck would have it, the hired car that was to take us to Pune got stuck in traffic. So I jumped (not literally, that would have been excruciating right about then) at the chance to get a foot massage. The woman worked wonders on my poor tired feet and legs. It did me a world of good.
My husband's co-worker, the one we went to dinner with in London at the beginning of this trip, flew into Mumbai on the same flight we did last night. The three of us would be traveling to Pune together this morning. When the car that was to take us to Pune finally arrived, we were all surprised at how small it was. We had three people plus all of our luggage to transport. It took creative packing just to get our suitcases in the trunk, leaving no room for our backpacks. So I had to put my backpack on the floor between my legs for the three-hour drive. With my backpack taking up all the space, I could barely move my legs. Try to sit without moving your legs for several hours in a car ride. Your legs will start hurting. Mine were screaming from the knee down after the first twenty minutes. So much for my morning foot massage.
However, as bad as the drive was, I’m just thankful we are done changing hotels every night. That can even wipe out a completely able-bodied person in short order. I thought it was going to kill me at one point. Thankfully, we will be in Pune for the remaining six days of our trip.
Once we arrived at the hotel in Pune, we dropped our luggage off at our room and met back up with my husband’s co-worker for a late lunch in the hotel lobby. After lunch, we briefly explored the new mall next door to the hotel that was still being built when we were here last year. I wanted to check out the food court to see if there were any dining options that were safe for me and see what all it had to offer. By the time we finished looking at everything, I was limping again, so we headed back to our room so I could put my feet up. We spent the rest of the evening watching Indian TV and resting.
Distance walked = 2.57 miles