A few days ago, I flew down to the mainland Scotland for my yearly trips from the Shetland Islands to update my compression garments. Ideally all limb garments for lymphoedema need to be updated every six months.
Like all lymphoedema patients updating the fantastic elastic is the key to managing this condition well
Travelling to and from Shetland in winter can sometimes be challenging. All good and well intentioned plans of getting away in time are no match for the changeable weather forecasts.
(Calm snowy day in Shetland photo taken from car window)
In one snow laden year I cancelled my planned trips three times due to bad driving conditions. It usually takes me about forty minutes to drive to Sumburgh airport which is located at the south end of the Shetland islands.
When the weather conditions forecast snow, I avoid booking my travels until all the snow has melted or less icy. My reasons are obvious, but I hate driving in bad conditions. It depends if the roads are well gritted or not and they usually are in Shetland.
If a fresh layer of snow comes through the night before I am due to fly out I have learnt one thing I phone and cancel. It is better to be safe than sorry. All patient travellers are given strict instructions on how to cancel within the time limits before any flight departures. I have never had any problems with patient travel run by the local NHS health board. Patient travel have never made me feel pressured to go if I don’t want to.
I enjoy flying as it is a quicker way off the island and secondly, I return home the same day. There is the Northlink ferry option and that requires two overnight stays on board.
You cannot miss these Northlink ferries in harbour they have a giant Viking man painted in blue on white!
It is exactly the same colours as my logo my-legoponics & life-tinkin and the Shetland flag too
The ferry option is great if you want to do some retail shopping on the mainland. Personally, I find trekking around the high streets shops hard going with my lymphoedema so it very rare I do this type of shopping.
In conclusion, travel planning for me best works when the weather forecast is fair. My recent trip went like clockwork and, I hope it does next time be it flying or ferry. The choices are optional, and it is provided free to all residents of Shetland.
Now that the spring equinox for 2018 has arrived I welcome more daylight hours and possibly getting outdoors! (: