Hello world – I come to you from a little coffee shop in the city of Valencia, Spain. If you remember, I posted a couple of months ago that I was planning to travel to Europe to visit my boyfriend who is currently studying abroad. Well, the time came and it was finally time for me to hop on a plane and cross the pond. Now, traveling across the world is a huge deal for anyone. It takes lots of time and energy, preparation is a bitch, and the anxiousness of “Am I forgetting anything??” is enough to keep you up at night.
Although I was definitely worried about feeling well enough to be overseas for a month, there was one thing keeping me sane with all of this mess and it was the fact that I was going to be able to take my AmpCoil with me.
I have been using the AmpCoil for 4-5 months now and have gotten to the point where I swear by it. It doesn’t matter what my biggest ailment is at the time, the AmpCoil has a “Journey” that will ease, if not completely fix the problem. So of course, believing that I’d be able to bring my AmpCoil brought some peace of mind not only to me, but to my mother as well.
About a week before I was supposed to leave, my mom and I decided that we should call and check with the foreign airlines about bringing my AmpCoil on the flight, just in case. It fits in the overhead compartment and it’s considered a medical device, so it shouldn’t be a problem, right? Well, it turns out that if I were simply traveling in the U.S., it wouldn’t be a problem. But sadly, the foreign airline I was flying with told me that I was going to have to upgrade my ticket to official business class both ways to be 100% sure I would be able to carry it onboard. What that means is I would have to hand out 3-5 thousand dollars to be able to take it. After my mother and I spent about an hour arguing with someone that didn’t speak English, we gave up. So long story short, I sadly do not have my AmpCoil with me.
I’ve been in Spain for a full week, and after recovering from jet lag, I’m honestly doing wonderfully. The food here is so extremely fresh, the weather is gorgeous, the people are incredibly nice and I’ve been feeling well enough to do and see all kinds of unbelievable things. My boyfriend and I went to Granada, Spain for the New Year’s weekend and walked multiple miles a day sightseeing. After returning to Valencia, I’ve been recovering by sleeping a lot and taking it easy, but I have not flared like I thought I would. I sat down the other day and compared my current health to where I was a year, 2 years, 3 years ago, and I honestly cried. I have come so far. I’m in freaking Spain for God’s sake… I’m not bed ridden, I can take a shower without passing out, I have been able to walk and get my heart rate up, and I am beginning to truly enjoy the simple things in life again.
Over the years, I’ve done many things to try to regain my health and strength. Crazy medication, all kinds of Eastern Medicine, tons and tons of herbal treatment and vitamins, different types of therapies, etc. You name it, I’ve probably tried it. By doing these crazy things, I was improving… but not enough. Sometimes I’d improve for a short time, but I would quickly decline again.
What I’m trying to get at is this – I honestly don’t think I would be here if it wasn’t for AmpCoil.
I can’t wait to get back to coiling and look forward to sharing my journey with you.
I’ll be staying in touch.
Sending love & light to everyone from España