Post-Transplant Travels

Hello everyone,

It’s December 2013 and next week, Phil and I are heading to Hong Kong and then Australia for a whole month. This is the first big trip I have made post transplant and in fact for years so it is a really big step. We are so excited and I absolutely can not believe that after everything, that I have this opportunity. It seems like the perfect time to start a travel blog for my post-transplant adventures (hopefully there will be many more after this one!).

Next post will be from somewhere warm!! xxx

-18.12.13 – Week 1.
Hi everyone, we have been away for nearly a week now and current location is Perth, Australia πŸ™‚ I can’t believe we are actually here.
So far we have had a few ups and downs, the travelling all has gone really well but unfortunately we didn’t have the best few days in Hong Kong. First of all the weather wasn’t exactly what we were expecting, it was grey, miserable and non- stop absolutely torrential rain which really put a stop to quite a few of the sight- seeing things we wanted to do. Not that it really mattered as I, typically, managed to get either food poisoning or a stomach bug on the first night which left me so sick, very unwell and in bed for a whole day. I honestly cannot remember feeling so ill for a long time (operations excluded!). I couldn’t even keep one mouthful of water down and was really worried about ending up in hospital on day 2 with major dehydration. I also had a super high temperature.
Thankfully, I am not the unluckiest person in the world and it stopped after about 12 hours, it’s taken me a few days to feel back to normal but we made our flight to Perth and I didn’t feel too awful for it. Such a shame as I was really looking forward to seeing Hong Kong, especially as it’s one of my best friends 2nd home.
Once we arrived in Perth, we hit the sunshine and things felt instantly better πŸ™‚ it has cooled down since it’s high of 41 degrees a few days ago and is a lovely temperature at the moment.
Yesterday we arrived at our lovely friends’ house- Melissa and James and have had a fab 24 hours with the and their 2 gorgeous and very lively boys! Thankfully they worked out quite early on that Phil was good for playing and I did the snuggles or provided the iPhone for games!! It was so lovely to spend a day getting to know them.
Us 4 adults, went for a delicious dinner out, the first time I have enjoyed a meal since being sick! We had a funny moment when the waitress proudly told us about this special Guernsey milk ice cream they had. The poor girl had no idea she was talking to 3 Jersey people and she left enlightened by Phil on the subject!!
It has been such a wonderful catch up with some special friends in their home country- something I have always wanted but thought would never be able to actually happen.
Today we leave the Le Cornu-Brown residence and head to Jess and Pete- another set of very special friends who I cannot wait to see.
Tomorrow we will also be heading down to Margaret River for a night which we are very much looking forward to.
I’m afraid I’m having technical issues with photos which I can’t be bothered to sort out (hopefully the Aussie laid- back approach is rubbing off on me!) so it’s just my writing for now.
Lots of love Kerry & Phil xxx

-01.01.14- New Years Day

Hi everyone,

Sorry that I am not updating you like I wanted to with what more information on what we are doing- I don’t have much wifi access here as it is ridiculously expensive so I will fill you in properly when we return- with photos πŸ™‚

We had a great week in Melbourne (despite the cricket!) and we flew to Sydney very early yesterday morning. We welcomed 2014 in a lovely club overlooking Sydney Harbour and watching the fireworks for real was amazing. We then walked Sydney Harbour Bridge to get home- the view from it was incredible. It was still so warm at 1am, just perfect (apart from the blister on my foot!). It truly was a once in a lifetime experience.

There is so much we want to see and do in the next 12 days in Sydney. Cricket starts again on 3rd and Phil is hoping for a better result this time!

I have done so much walking during the last few weeks- my legs better be getting thinner or that really is not fair! πŸ™‚

So just really want to wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year and let you know we are doing well.

Everyday over here I am overwhelmed by how fortunate I am to have been given the opportunity to experience all this. I don’t want to jinx it but I am so proud of my body, particularly these gifted lungs which are just fabulous and allowing me to enjoy everything here.

Loads of love to you all xxxx

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One Response to “Post-Transplant Travels”

  1. Jo Dauny December 18, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    Sounds amazing so far πŸ™‚
    The west coast of Oz is so stunning….try to get to Margaret River chocolate factory/shop if you can πŸ˜› and any time for wine tasting?!
    Keep having the best time ever guys!
    Jo xx

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