Last week, my boyfriend and I went to Costa Rica for a little vacation. It was a lot of fun! 🙂
I am mentioning my trip for two reasons. First, if I didn’t respond to an email last week, it’s not because I’ve checked out and given up on the cause, it’s because I was on vacation. Second, I think that people appreciate posts hearing about people living normally post-flox and post-recovery.
I was able to do all of the things in Costa Rica that I would have done on a similar vacation before getting floxed. I did a zip-line tour of the jungle canopy. I rode a horse. I went on hikes. I went swimming. I drove all over creation. I ate whatever food was in front of me (including Pringles – I was REALLY hungry, they were horrible and I don’t recommend them – but I ate them and was fine). I drank pina coladas on the beach. I walked across a hanging bridge that was 100 feet above a raging river and blowing in the wind – it was terrifying but it wasn’t any more terrifying than it would have been had I never gotten floxed. I did the things that a non-floxed, not sick person would do on a week-long vacation in Costa Rica. It was a good vacation. It was a fun vacation.
I have fully returned to the level of health that I was before I got sick. I hope that this post, and other posts like it, give you hope that you too can get back to a place of health post-flox. I know that my story is not your story, and that everyone is different, but I hope that you too will someday be able to do adventure sports in the tropics – if that’s what you’re into.
There was a time when I wasn’t able to do the things that I did last week. There was a time when I didn’t think that I would ever be able to do the things that I did last week. But the memories of those fears have faded, and my capacity for movement and adventure has returned.
I’m lucky. I know that I’m lucky and I don’t take it for granted at all. I also know that some people aren’t as lucky as me and my heart aches for them.
When I was feeling lousy it was really nice to hear about people who were living well after recovering from FQ toxicity. It felt good to read about people doing extraordinary, yet normal, things – getting married, having kids, getting a new job, going on a vacation, etc. My ordinary/extraordinary adventure was a trip to Costa Rica. Here are some pics:
Random closing thought – my boyfriend and I forgot to change some Costa Rican money to US dollars before we got home. Now we have about $30 worth of Costa Rican cash that is useless to us. If anyone who is reading this is going to Costa Rica and can use it, I’ll send it to you – it’s not doing me any good and you’re welcome to it if you make it easy for me to get it to you. 🙂
Photo Credit – Mark Palmer Photography