There is a say about cruising plans: they are drawn in sand at low tide.
We had intended to start going south this week: cross the border into NSW and sail to Victoria to spend summer in milder climes then come back north in March/April. But this was always dependent on the outcome of our medicals.
We passed the skin test with flying colours – no bits burnt or cut off! We passed at the dentist – no holes to drill! Wade’s follow-ups we’re good too. But Chris’s bone scan and blood tests revealed a nasty reason for her aching hands and lower back pain: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). She now has the bad luck of having two autoimmune afflictions! It is tough to deal with physically and mentally.
We are busy with a series of appointments with therapists on the Gold Coast for the next two weeks meant to curtail the effects of the RA inflammation. We are yet to determine when and where to see a rheumatologist. On the Gold Coast specialists are not available for at least three months so we are trying to line up something sooner in Melbourne and in the meantime get some medication sorted! Our departure for Victoria is up in the air at this stage.
We want to sail for ever but our bodies are becoming a liability! However we have learnt to not project too far ahead, stay flexible, focus on the here and now and enjoy what we can while we can. It is the only way to keep scary, depressing thoughts in check.
While we get the health matters sorted, we try and have some fun. Wade has been able to go surfing (on the orange surf board), Chris plays the piano and flies the drone and Bengie enjoys her beach walks!
And we are also trying to dodge some violent weather. We have had a series of severe thunderstorms with heavy rainfall, 40 knot winds and sheet lightening. La Niña is well and truly showing its mood and giving us a taste of the summer conditions we can expect.