Sunday, June 10, 2018

Happy birthday to my mom and National Transplant Games

In a month and 2 days' time it's the start of the National Games!!! So nervous!!! My month of diarrhea set me back so much in terms of fitness, but I'm working hard at getting ready! I've gained back more than 3kg of the 6kg that I'd lost, and been exercising regularly and hard. I can only do my best and hope that it will be enough! My biggest fear right now is getting flu or something, so doing my utmost best NOT to get sick. But it's so hard with winter and sick people everywhere :-(

Life's been back to normal since Mauritius. My kidneys are a lot better than before the trip. Will have them tested again on Friday. Yay for the new anti-rejection medication combo! Celebrated 2 birthdays this weekend... Fawn and my mom's.

On Thursday we attended "Dinner in the Dark" in Pretoria. It was a Round Table event to raise money for vision-related stuff (my scientific explanation!). It was very nice and felt like we were eating food from Masterchef! There were glasses that we could wear to simulate various eye diseases... it kind of freaked me out and I think I need to go see an optometrist soon!! I thought not being able to breathe is hard... but not being able to see properly was HORRIBLE.

On Friday morning Talia (lung transplant friend) and I missioned through to Vereeniging for a hospital awareness session at the Medi-Clinic. Always a very feel-good activity. It was so cold in the morning though... really not a fan of winter!!!!

The week ahead will consist of some meetings, work-outs, medical stuff... may they all be successful. Have a great week.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Mauritius Part 3.

On the Friday we headed for Port Louis, the capital city of the island. It's quite a sizable city, and definitely had some Durban vibes. First we shopped at the Waterfront for a bit, and then our guide took us to the Citadel. The views were great, but the rain started coming down hard so we ended up running back to the van.

After that we went to the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens. I had really been looking forward to it a lot, as I'd read great things about it. It was stunning. The gardens were really amazing. We were caught by the rain again, and this time it was quite hard. We were completely soaked, but managed to see the highlights of the gardens. We were cold and starving by that point, so we drove up to Grand-Baie to get some lunch.I've never had a more yummy hot-dog and chips! We also stopped at a supermarket for some sweets and cheap souvenirs!

As you can see from the Apple maps pic, we basically saw the west side of the Island. I had a really great time, and would have loved to explore a bit more. Maybe one day we'll be back there. It's a really special place.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Mauritius Part 2

The Wednesday and Thursday we spent mainly on the beach or by the pool. Our resort, Riu Creole, was where I marked it with the red arrow below. We were exposed to quite a lot of wind, but when we walked around the corner towards the west, there was absolutely NO wind. The water was also eerily calm, so we snorkeled again! We had 2 snorkels between the 7 or us, so we took turns to go out. It was really amazing yet again. You can not imagine a more perfect beach.

By the way, how cool is the underwater waterfall illusion???

We had some great times on "our" beach too, and Andrew's underwater camera was a total hit. Apparently I suck at keeping my eyes open under the water!

The only other thing we did on those two days, apart from eating, sleeping and chilling on the beach, was chilling in a relaxation pool at the spa! It's a tough life but someone has to do it :-p

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Mauritius Part 1!

So my body sort of cooperated and my Dr gave the go-ahead for Mauritius!!! I was still struggling with my tummy a bit and battling some sinus pain/issues, but off we went! It's a pretty short flight and we had the wind from behind, so it took just over 3 hours to get there. We finally arrived at our resort just before 10pm on the Sunday night, just in time to grab some food from the buffet before closing time. Mauritius is 2 hours ahead of SA.

On Monday morning we were able to see our surroundings and take it all in. Below was the first sight that met us as we looked out of our room! It was so strange to be so close to the beach but not HEAR the sea! There was a reef/lagoon for the first 100m or so, and the waves only broke after that, way in the distance.

We overslept and missed breakfast on the first day! So we chilled on the beach and waited for lunchtime! After that we all took a nap again and explored the surroundings a bit as well as booking two excursions for the week. On Tuesday we had our first of these, which was going up the west coast a bit in a speed boat for half the day. It was AMAZING and definitely the highlight of the trip. We saw dolphins and everyone (except me) got to swim with them! (Initially I was scared of jumping into the sea with the snorkeling gear as I've never snorkeled before and I'm not a strong swimmer, plus the water was about 30 metres deep, and I think I have a fear of drowning in deep water! After the first dolphin experience was had, I decided "screw it" and tried as well. The dolphins are wild, so our guide does his best to tell you when the dolphins are coming in our direction, so that we're ready for them. They swim by really fast, but if you look down with the snorkeling gear you just see DOLPHINS all the way down apparently. Unfortunately I never got to see them IN the water, but got some amazing views from the boat.

After the dolphin viewing, our guide took us to a coral reef for snorkeling. The water was insanely crystal clear, warm, and not too deep, so I was IN! My first snorkeling experience ever! Some people complain about feeling claustrophobic with regards to the breathing when snorkeling, so I was prepared for that, but I found it perfectly fine! What a whole different world down there???? It was breathtaking, the pictures don't do it justice. And the swimming didn't tire me out at all, as it's a lot of floating anyway. Best experience ever!

After that he showed us some more iconic sights (will do a whole separate photo post of pics I took with my camera as opposed to my phone! Then we headed back hungry and tired!