In all honesty, it’s been a bit quiet over here on Volare because, really, there hasn’t been all that much to report. It took me quite a while to (literally) get back on my feet. Not through lack of trying, but due to a few annoying post-surgery bits and pieces that made everything take a whole lot longer. I developed a blood clot (DVT) behind my left knee about 4 weeks post-op. Not only was it painful, but it resulted in countless doctor/ultrasound/specialist trips that were not only time but fund-consuming too. The outcome was that I have been on blood thinning medication for the past few months, sporting extremely supportive and unattractive flesh coloured medical compression tights ON BOTH LEGS… oh, and I can’t fly.
Not never, but certainly not to Coachella next week in LA and certainly never again as a career. It’s strange, I didn’t really realise how flying and airports and travel had become such a huge part of my life until the doctor blatantly told me that I had Deep Vein Thrombosis and that my veins would be permanently scarred from this. Not only would I need to have blood thinning injections before any flight, but I would also potentially need to administer them myself on flights longer than 8 hours (gross. I am not squeamish, but it is very different administering medication through a syringe to oneself rather than someone else…). I read between the lines. My time in Dubai and even at my airline here has taught me that a history of DVT basically equals no flying unless it is necessary. Most airlines probably wouldn’t look twice at a candidate with blood clot issues, and the risk on my health really isn’t worth it. Don’t get me wrong, I most probably would’ve stayed in my job on the ground here regardless of the recent news, but now to know I don’t really have that option anymore has put everything into perspective. Life is funny: I had my feet operated on because they were painful and uncomfortable due to standing induced bunions (not necessarily from flying but very common) and hereditary reasons (thanks Papou!), in order to make my work-life predominantly standing up easier.
As a result of the surgery, most likely won’t be working as Cabin Crew in the foreseeable future, but I will continue to travel on my down time for sure! Fortunately, my friends and I all can’t attend Coachella for various reasons so I don’t feel as thought I am missing out and not attending, but it is a shame as we had a big trip planned! Luckily I have finished my probation and my staff travel is coming to fruition. Finally now not only my parents can benefit from this, but James too! All the 3 am drop offs to the airport and the 2 am pick ups on my layovers have all been worth it! (well they always were for me, but now we can travel together at a discounted rate! On standby, probably not seated together but hey, beggars can’t be choosers!)
So that has been what is new with me. A few lifestyle changes to make, I have been exercising less to try and heal properly, and am feeling more and more like a baked potato and less like the kale-guzzling creature that I was before Christmas! It is a small price to pay for a full recovery, and I am just grateful that I can move freely and almost normally now. Every time I see someone with a wheel chair or crutches now it takes me back to when I felt trapped and I have even more respect for those that experience such trials on a daily basis.
In the meantime, I am back at work, almost functioning at full capacity (a little limp creeps in every now again), wearing flat shoes and pants (a big change for me- I usually live in my heels and dress!) but happy to be involved again nonetheless. In the week or so that I have been back, I have a few good tales to tell, so I will try to post about them this coming week. Ah, the joys of Customer Service (particularly at the airport!). I should go and iron my uniform and pack my “lunch” for this evening now!I have been busy trying to heal, plan a Wedding (not mine! My mum’s) and live my life to it’s fullest: so here are some pictures of all of that!
Safe and happy days,