Wednesday, 25 April 2012

New trousers

The other week I got these new trousers. They are quite long so the legs sort of folds over the ends so they don't show, I quite like that. They were very reduced because they are from last year, but who cares.

They look kind of stiff but are quite soft. Good quality. And the price was right.

I am thinking a pair of high, white Converse sneakers would look funky with them. In fact, they would be handy for a long skirt or dress too now that summer is approaching. Only thing is they are quite pricey overhere, and I would need two pairs. I am looking at online marketplaces for unused pairs, perhaps with a little luck I could find a pair - or two.

Today, yesterday and the day before I have been to physio therapy, getting MLD and being wrapped. Later today I am going to the fitter to have measurements for the knee-high taken.

Sunday I am having brunch with Sophisticated Tina, really looking forward to hanging out with her. I will let you know what she was wearing ;-)

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Going pilgrim

I am going for a walk. A long one.

El Camino de Santiago de Compostela. For over a thousand years millions of pilgrims have walked here in search of the truth. In search of forgiveness. Cleansing. They have walked across northern Spain to the city of Santiago de Compostela to visit the cathedral where the remains of Saint James – one of the twelve apostles – is said to be burried.
Legend has it that the Camino establishes connection to the deepest layers of life. It is known for its supernatural and spiritual powers. The route allegedly lies exactly under the Milkyway which is said to enrichen the route as well as the pilgrims with a special energy. 
Will I find the truth? Will I find faith and the spiritual dimension? There are no guarantees but the Camino is said, in mysterious ways, to change the walkers for ever...

I will be starting in a small town shortly after Burgos.

There are many pilgrim routes that all lead to Santiago. The one I am doing starts on the French side of the Pyrenees and adds up more than 800 kilometers but I am choosing to start roughly midway, about 400 kilometers (248.5 miles) from Santiago. If time and legs allow I'd like to furthermore walk the 100 kilometers to Finisterre on the Atlantic, that bit is supposively very beautyful. I haven't booked a returnflight but I am counting on about three weeks which works out averagely 20 kilometer per day. That's four-five hours. 25 km per day if including Finisterre. That should be possible once I get going. Some pilgrims walk up to 40-50 km a day, but I think most walk around 30.
I have started training, gradually working my way up to more and more kilometers. At the moment I walk about 12-14 km two or three times a week. It's been going fine so far. I wear my good old pack, the one I will be taking on the journey. At the moment I think I've got 3-4 kilos in it but also the weight is to be increased before I take off mid May. I expect to take 6-7 kg plus water and a little food. And I have got some good hiking boots. They were very reduced and so I bought two pairs, one size for each foot. For hiking I think it is important that they fit perfectly. Mine are near enough.

I am looking forward to my trip. I can feel that it is time for me to go away for a bit and clear my head. Just walk. Do some thinking and hopefully get to the point where there are no more thoughts to think. Mindfullnes.

Update: If you want, check out the following posts about my adventures:
Big walk, day 5
Big walk, day 10
Big walk, day 15

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

More flaws and handicaps

I have updated the post about having flaws and handicaps as a younger person as I thought of some more. One of them is a woman related to me, a horse stepped on one of her fingers so bad it had to come off. I think it was quite hard for her back then, she must have been a teenager when it happened but I imagine she has learnt to live with it. At least she survived. Horse accidents can be fatal.
At the patient weekend recently we watched a really wellmade DVD that the patient association created about Lymphedema and living with Lymphedema in order to bring attention to Lymphedema and enlighten patients, doctors and others. One of the patients interviewed, a strong, beautyful woman in her late 40'ties, I imagine, ended up with Lymphedema after cancer, surgery, chemo etc. and it made an impression on me when she said something along the lines of "I got Lymphedema and it sucks but I survived, I still have my life". That makes sense. Mine is Primary and came out of nowhere so it is a little different. Still – and when others told me this in the beginning it would piss me off so much – it could be much worse. It could be better too though.
The last one on the list so far is a man in my Qi Gong/Martial Art class. He suffers from a condition that gradually is narrowing his sight and he is going blind. I think it might be Tunnelvision. He can only see things that are in front of him, he can't see things from anywhere near the corner of his eyes. I feel sad and frustrated about him loosing his sight. He is only 41 or 42, I think. When I learnt I got this urge for him to make the most of his sight before it is too late and see as much beauty as possible. Well, he does see me two times a week, but still... ;-)  Just kidding.
Life is liveable with Lymphedema too. We must live while we can, who knows what's ahead.