We were due to safari in Kenya with dear friends, leaving end of
January. Excited to be returning to Africa to see another country, meet
its people, fall in love all over again with its beautiful wild animals . . . . . and
share it all with you on the return. On the way back we had plans for a few
days in England and Ireland also.
But there's a problem . . . . . . and it's called pain!
You may recall I was recently diagnosed with a hip tear which, supposedly, was
causing my severe pain and restricted movement. Possible arthroscopic surgery, or
even a hip replacement, was looming in the near future. Three physicians later, and two
injections to determine whether the pain is coming from that hip, I still have no relief whatsoever,
Yesterday I was passed along to yet another specialist who will look elsewhere
for the cause. Another MRI appointment soon.
Meanwhile, the uncertainly of what could possibly happen on such a strenuous trip
overseas, still with a torn hip, and my pain being worse when sitting and lying down,
made several long flights, climbing in and out of high vehicles, and riding fast
and furious over very uneven terrain - which it what a true safari is all about - impossible.
I did not savor the possibility of visiting a Nairobi hospital, and definitely not want to be a
stick-in-the-mud and spoil the fun of the other members of the group.
So we've had to drop out and another lucky couple will get to take our place!
We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.
- Hilaire Belloc -