I'm back! I am completely jet-lagged, as evidenced by the fact that I am writing this post at 6.30am, which is not a time I am ordinarily up, let alone putting sentences together. The trip was, in a word, amazing. It was intense, beautiful, awesome, serene and frenetic depending on the day and the place. Thanks to all of you who offered encouraging comments on my Facebook page along the way!
Over the next few weeks I'll write up a detailed account of my (second) trip of a lifetime, but overall, I did really well! I definitely had moments where a hip, a wrist, a knee, a foot or all of the above were feeling unhappy and appalled by what I was asking them to do, but for the most part, the pain didn't last too long and didn't prohibit me from doing anything I wanted to do, and I didn't have to take my fallback prednisone! The relaxing lie-on-the-beach portions of the trip were well placed to offer recovery time from what was literally the hike from hell (climbing Mt. Sinai in the dark at midnight beat the pants off what I did in Peru) and scrambling around arches and big rocks in Wadi Rum and Petra. All I can say is, thank god for the Dead Sea Spa!
While I was away, the first of four segments I shot for WebMD's RA TV went up! I watched it from a small internet cafe in Luxor, Egypt that didn't have any sound, so I was quite relieved to finally watch it with sound yesterday; I feel pretty good about how it turned out, and excited for the next one that will air tomorrow! You can check them out here, under the My Life with RA series. Please help me spread the word about the segments by sharing this link on Facebook, Twitter, or plain old word of mouth.
OK. I'm off to figure out what living in this new city is all about! Next big task: dealing with switching my car over to Maryland. eek.