To all my readers,

Sorry for the delay in getting up all the information for this blog! Having just came back from surgery 21 days ago the recovery process is long and slow!

I am super excited to be bringing you all my information and my experiences, but I am just finding that I need to take it slow.

There will be 38 days of my journey eventually up here on the website and jam packed information on Lipoedema, how to eat right, what you should be doing from a movement
perspective and emotions!

Please just hang in there with me and I look forward to the journey ahead with all of you!

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Brendan decided that I needed to get out of the house and get some fresh air, this lead us on a small adventure to Little Berlin approximately 30 min away from Schwarzenbach. It was nice to be out and have the sun shine on my face. The history here in Germany is just amazing and to consider that all this stuff happened so recently is a little scary too. We walked around the museum and took in the movie that showed exactly what happened in this amazing little town. Walking around the wall and observing how these town folk would have lived is truly remarkable. The use of such force to keep people in there place was extreme and it was evident in the tools of choice that they used. I am starting to feel a little panicked that we are running out of time in this beautiful city, I want to get in the car at every opportunity and just get out and explore. http://moedlareuth.de/

Heading home we decided that this weekend might be a good opportunity to make plans to head somewhere for the weekend. We met up with one of the other girls who is here having her surgery also for a short walk up to the shops to get a few items as tomorrow is ascension day and a religious public holiday, you need to be careful of these and make sure you know what is happening when you are making plans so that you don’t get caught out. This afternoon we promised Nancy and Joe that we would see them off before they left tomorrow morning. Its really lovely the way everyone bands together and you find really amazing people that you just love spending time with. Tiredness seemed to catch up with me in the afternoon when we got home so I spent some more time on the couch which is where most of time in Germany has been spent.

Emotional roller coaster seems to be the words that swirl in my head about this whole operation, everyday I wonder if I am doing the right thing. My pain is becoming bearable, and the 24 hour wearing of the compression is completely weird but I know that I need to wear them. I dont know what my legs look like at this stage, I am too scared to look to be honest. They are swollen, I am panicked and just generally unsure. Getting out seems to be the best medicine, walking and taking in the fresh air. As many people know our lymphatic system does not have its own pump, so by our own movement we are enabling the lymphatic system to work. The more I move the better I feel!.

We organised a time to head to Bad Steben for a quick farewell to Nancy and Joe which turned into an unexpected dinner date. La Piazzetta was on the menu again as the Greek restaurant was unfortunately closed. Note here also restaurants seem to open and close and just not open whenever they feel like it so always make sure you have a plan b! Prawns were on the menu tonight for me and boy were they amazing, they were enormous! I certainly recommend them if you get the chance to dine at this fine establishment! Another great day winds to a close and I am really seeing our days accelerate far too quickly!

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Today was road trip day! Woo hoo, I have been feeling badly being cooped up in the apartment but it has really been hard getting motivated when your body doesn’t feel right. We packed the little suitcase and we were off to Berlin, the drive there was longer than expected due to some traffic jams, its funny the one road in the world that you can drive like a maniac and there are traffic problems. Coming into Berlin was amazing, the first thing that I saw was the Victory column or the Golden Lizzie and instantly I felt butterflies in my stomach, I had always wanted to see Berlin, it was a dream of mine to explore Europe at some stage in my life and one of those dreams was coming true today.

LovelifelipoedemaDay14EThe drive through Berlin was a little hectic being a Saturday with tour busses and people everywhere, after some skillful driving my husband made it to the car parking station out the front of the hotel that we booked. The car park was normal standard collect your ticket and park, nothing too crazy here! Which is good as you seriously just don’t know when you go to another country! The hotel that we booked was the Park Inn by Radisson, its located near the market district, and right next to the LovelifelipoedemaDay14famous TV tower. I wanted a room with a view so booked the panorama view room which guaranteed two windows to see as much as you possibly could! We had a wonderful surprise when we were upgraded to the 16th floor in room 17, the room was beautiful and located right on the corner of the building, the check in manager was so pleased to upgrade us when I told him that i wanted to take it all in and how much i had been looking forward to this trip.

I booked a walking tour of Berlin, crazy you might say so soon after surgery but I wanted to push myself and see what I could do, I have felt so trapped in the apartment that I wanted to see if I could actually do this! After a little stress from me we finally found our way to the meeting point of the walk, The guide that we had was an American accented gentlemen and he was lovely his name was Torben. There was approximately 15 people on our tour today. This tour turned out to be better than I LovelifelipoedemaDay14Acould have ever imagined, our tour guide was so knowledgeable and so giving with the history of Berlin that I felt like we were given the keys to the city. Walking through the Brandenburg gates, standing in the square where the infamous book burning took place and seeing the final remnants of the Berlin wall were only a few of the highlights of the tour. I have included so many pictures for you today as I had such a fantastic time! My legs were on fire at the end of the tour but we still had to walk back to the hotel, I wasn’t sure how I was going to do it but I knew my heart and head were buzzing and that adrenalin got me home. Here is the link for anyone interested, I would recommend it without a doubt! http://www.berlinwalks.de/public

LovelifelipoedemaDay14BTonight we decided to eat in the hotel rather than go out to a restaurant or walk anywhere extra(otherwise I might have needed a wheel chair). They had the option of a standard restaurant serving a wide range of cuisines or traditional German food which my husband was craving, so German it was!  The waitress brought around the obligatory bread but not with butter, with pork lard. I smelt it and instantly i was taken back to my childhood, my mum used to make this LovelifelipoedemaDay14Cinstead of using butter when i was little. I tasted it and started crying, crazy i know but i couldn’t help myself it was like I was 9 years old all over again, i know that food is an emotional topic but wow did this really hit a nerve! For entree we ordered the peppered strawberry salad with pecorino and rocket, to say this was yummy was an understatement, we had to ask twice about the peppered strawberries but as you can see from the picture they are real strawberries lol

Portion control in Germany has been thrown out the window, i feel bad but i am so hungry tonight! Main course for me tonight is going to be the roulade with red cabbage and dumplings. Another meal my mother would make for us, i am starting to see just how much of my great grandmothers German influence has been had on the way we eat. Another fantastic meal to end a tick on the bucket list type of day for me!

Time for bed to the twinkling lights of Berlin, thanks for wonderment and the full belly (with a few pain relief tablets oh my legs!)  LovelifelipoedemaDay15

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