So, a couple of months ago, me and my parents enjoyed a trip out to our new local Comic-Con event without any hiccups. See, being able to have a day out is very hard when you suffer from arthritis and a lot of other medical issues.
Firstly, we had to navigate the issue of waiting in a very long queue, meaning my parents joined it whilst I sat on a stone wall until they were close enough to the entrance for me to join. We weren’t stuck in the queue for that long, but for me it was quite long enough, with my knees asking some reasonable questions!
Once we were in, there was the matter of navigating so many people, and having to waddle past the stalls like a penguin because there’s no space to move your legs. It was rammed, so much so that there will be another Comic-Con next year!
But, after “walking” around for an hour or so, through the different floors, my knees were suffering and my stomach begging for food. A seat outside was called upon.
After some chips, and a quick sift through the first floor again, it was time for home. My legs killed, but the fact that I got a day out without any of my other illnesses interfering was brilliant, and also very rare.
We didn’t even plan to go until the night before. Planning too far ahead can be difficult because of the amount of different things I have to consider, not just my arthritis, although that has a large part in any plans for a day out. It means we have to judge the amount of walking I’ll be able to do, so we will plan out the shortest route around wherever we decide to go. It’s not easy but it’s worth it come the end of the day. And the main thing is we had fun.
Planning is necessary to any trip out, but the addition of a walking stick has helped since Comic-Con.
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