It is with much sadness that I need to postpone my Camino de Santiago walk until 2016 :( There are three factors in our decision to postpone.
For the past couple of years I have had very bad lower back pain. An accident back in 1999 and a fall down our stairs at home in 2011 have played their role in this problem. I have been managing the pain with a cocktail of pain killers but thet has just masked the issue and it is not getting any better.
New job/annual leave/80th birthdays:
My job has gone permanent (which is AWESOME!) and that means I fall into the annual leave calendar and have a limited number of days to take for the remaining 5 months of 2015 and we have a very special 80th birthday party to attend in Cape Town in December.
Stuart has plumbers knees. Too many years of kneeling under basins and in front of toilets have taken their toll on the cartilage which has worn and there are bits floating around (Bleurgh!). A simple twist or strain on the knee causes weeks of pain and swelling which can be quite debilitating for him.
I will do it, just not this year.