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Recently one of my biggest dreams came true. During the early days of my chronic pain, I never thought this would happen; it was always something that was at the top of my bucket list and the first thing that I’d do if I ever won the lottery. But things have changed over the last 7 years. Time, my mindset, and some encouragement from other half have proved that my dreams can still come true despite my chronic pain.
What was my dream?
I’m going to get to the point (because I’m still too excited now to beat about the bush): I went on a motorhome holiday!!! Yes, you read that right. A motorhome; a caravan with an engine; a mobile home. Not most people’s dreams, I imagine. For years, for me, this has been one of the things I’ve always wanted to do.
Why, you’re probably asking
I love camping and being outdoors, and me and one of my Westies (I only had one at the time) used to go camping several years ago before I got my chronic pain: we explored north Wales, the west coast of Scotland, and the Isles of Harris and Lewis. But my pain means I can no longer do it – the campbeds are just too uncomfortable for me now, and I swear my bladder is worse since I had my coccyx removed, and the practicalities of getting up in the the night and going to the campsite toilet were just too much. So the natural upgrade for me was to go camping by motorhome.
I just love the idea of them: home from home, everything neatly packed and organised to be as modern and practical as they possibly can be, and I think they’re just so cosy. I also absolutely love driving – it’s one of my favourite things, but I do find it hard these days because of my pain – so to be able to drive the country roads and pull up in a lay-by with a view, and maybe even cook up a sausage sandwich or two (which we did on our holiday) is just so simple but so liberating.
I also love the fact that it’s basically a mobile bed – which is perfect for me and my pain: I can simply pull up and have a lie down!
A little about my holiday
We didn’t want to go too far as we only had the camper for 6 nights. But at the same time, we wanted to make sure we were going far enough for it to feel like a holiday and that we were getting away. We decided on the south and west coast of Scotland.
I love Scotland. I’ve been going there ever since my early childhood. Whenever I go, it always feels like we are on holiday. The mountains, lochs and coastal scenery are just breathtaking.
We chose a couple of sea view sites – one near Stranraer and one near Oban. The first was a little busy, especially the second night, but the site near Oban was perfect. On the first evening there (day 3) we just sat at the front of the camper and watched the surroundings, the sun going down, and chatted contently. I didn’t get the orange sunset sky I was hoping for, but it was still the camper van dream setting I’d hoped for.
On day 4 I was full of cold, but determined not to let it spoil our holiday. After a couple of walks and coffee in the local cafe, I had a nap then decided to just keep going. We headed in to Oban and had such a relaxing time walking through the town and some wonderful local fish and chips.
Day 5 and 6 were unplanned, but we found a lovely campsite near Lockerbie and walked through the wonderful woodland. And on day 6 we made sure we were far enough south to get the camper back to base by 11am.
How did it affect my chronic pain?
In all honestly I was a little worried and apprehensive about how I’d get on – the last thing I wanted was to return home in agony due to all the travel. It was never going to stop me going on the holiday, but I had to prepare myself for increased pain.
But I needn’t have worried. During that week, I had the least pain I’d had for years. I still had pain, and I had to be careful. I did so much relaxing, walking, and unwinding, and we had lots of breaks during the travel and driving. It was the exact holiday I needed – physically and mentally.
It did me the world of good, and I can now proudly and (still very excitedly) say that I have been on my dream holiday in a camper van.
Now I want to own one of my own!!
Do you dreams still come true despite your chronic pain?
What dreams are they?
Have you been motor homing like me?
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