For our 35th Wedding Anniversary celebrations dear hubby arranged a trip to London to the Aldwych Theatre to see Dirty Dancing Live and reserved a table for a meal at the nearby Cotes french restuarant. As usual he had planned everything in advance to minimise the amount of walking. The nearest tube station was " Covent Garden" and the restuarant was only a few minutes walk from the theatre.
Everything was booked in advance to give me something to look forward to but unfortunately it clashed with my dental appointment to remove my amalgam fillings ( click on the attached link to read in detail)http://www.youranswerswithin.com/2/post/2010/11/safe-removal-of-my-amalgam-fillings-part-two.html.
Although the dental treatment went very well it left me feeling quite tired, not the best condition to be in with a London weekend break arranged, but hey that's life you have to take what's coming your way and try and make the best of it. Travelling down to London was fine and even the tube journey on the Central Line was ok but when we had to change onto the Piccadilly Line for our final short one stop to Covent Garden I could feel the tell tale signs that today was going to be a struggle.
I needed to rest up and quickly, we found a small coffee shop not far from the theatre and sat down for a cup of tea and rest; not the smartest or cleanest place we have been to but beggars can't be too choosey. After dragging the tea drinking ritual out for half an hour we paid up and made our way to the theatre, a little more rested and looking forward to the show.
We found our seats and we had a good view of the stage; it looked like being a Full House. The show itself was highly entertaining and the dancing and singing was superb, but the seats were not the most comfortable and I could feel myself becoming increasingly aware of aches and pains particulary in my groin, neck and shoulders.
During the interval the pain was becoming unbearable, so much so that I had to take a pain killer to get me through the second half of the show. Thankfully the pain relief quickly kicked in sufficiently enough for me to enjoy the finale of the show. It was very uplifting and I think I enjoyed it even more than the movie. There was a standing ovation for the cast at the end of the show for giving us such great entertainment; such energy and all to do again later that evening.
We made our way to the restaurant and our reserved table, glad it was reserved didn't fancy standing outstanding in the cold with the other guests. Nicely decorated and very friendly staff. Hubby had read all the reviews before booking and we were not disappointed with our choice of meals. I had scallops with lardons followed by beef bourguignon and a creme brulee to die for. Pete had mussels in a white wine and cream sauce and, unusually for him, half a chicken with a wild mushroom sauce followed by a french apple tart.
Long before the creme brulee arrived my head began buzzing due to the noise of the restuarant, not the first time this has happened to me and it really is the most unpleasent feeling. It becomes near impossible at times to concentrate on anything I just wanted out of there to get away from the noise, the buzzing and the pains in my chest. Hubby could tell it was happening once again and tried to put a brave face on things by praising me for what I had achieved, coming out and trying to have a normal life; as normal as it can be with CFS/ME.
We left the restaurant as soon as we could and I knew it was going to be a difficult return journey to the hotel. We walked very slowly indeed towards the tube station. My legs, hips, shoulders and neck were all hurting and draging me down, trying to drain my positive attitude, but I wont let it beat me I will overcome it someday and someday soon, I have to belive it!
Hubby told me I fell asleep on the tube, I felt so tired and just wanted to be my old self again just for one day, not too much to ask for is it? It's wonderful to do things together but it's so difficult to make the effort at times and it's only fellow sufferes who know just how bad and difficult it can be; feeling nearly normal one minute and then lifeless the next this is the life that is CFS/ME.