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    Posted: 01 Sep 2016 at 6:53pm
At last my time is almost here. Monday is Paxos day!!!

But oh dear, the weather is looking grim Tuesday Wednesday and even beyond depending which forecast you look at. I'm really hoping (and I will explain why) that somehow it changes before then or it manages to miss little old Paxos. 

This year I've been plagued with chronic back problems and so I'm dreading the journey. Sitting down is not good and I can't seem to walk very far. Anyone with any good tips on how to survive sitting on the plane and all the other sitting at the port and on the ferry?? All suggestions welcome. I've got a towel to place in the small of my back (I can't seem to get that quite right so still suffering) and I've bought a heat pad to put on my back (hope security don't think I've got something dodgy strapped to me !!)  So as you can see, I was hoping that once the journey was over with I'd be able to lie on a poolside bed for a day or two to get over it. (lying down is where I'm most comfortable) But if its going to rain, more sitting under cover at Fanis bar is perhaps not the best idea and I can't think of anything more depressing that starting the holiday confined to our room. No way! So which is the most reliable forecast to follow? And if anyone has any special powers on changing the weather, well get to work with your magic now please!

Finally, if I can't manage to get to Orkos Beach does anyone know if anyone does a service where they could drop us off and pick us up later? Just a thought. If nothing else I can go and ask Planos or Routsis.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Sep 2016 at 7:51pm
Hi Helen
Sorry to hear about your back - 
Do you have any prescribed druggy stuff? I do occasionally suffer from muscular back pain (almost a seizure) and find Voltarol (Diclofenac) tablets a great help - they are available over the counter (though more restricted now); take double the amount for the first dose. The chemist in Lakka sells them as Voltaron Retard in 100mg at a good price.
Other than that, I cant really offer any advice other than can you sit sort of sideways and alternate cheek to cheek! (oooerrrr) I have long legs and the change of angle seems to help a bit. Other than that - anaesthetic in the form of G&T?
I use Windguru www.windguru.cz  for weather and sea state which is generally good almost everwhere, UK or Paxos. Use Korfu South. Monday looks good at least for your crossing with Tuesday/Wednesday and Thursday am wet and quite windy blowing from the SE. The good news, as you know, Paxos has its own micro-climate and it could well miss Lakka .
Hope you have a good trip and I'm sure you will enjoy paradise just as much as ever. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Sep 2016 at 7:54pm
This is the link
https://www.windguru.cz/357

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Sep 2016 at 8:07pm
Be very careful with Diclofenac as it can cause GI bleeds. Much better to seek advice from your doctor.  Hope you get on OK x

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Sep 2016 at 9:10pm
Helen,
I am up and down several times on the plane as cannot sit for too long. Usually stand at the back of the plane to be out of everyone's way. I am not the only one that does this either. x

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Sep 2016 at 9:18pm
Thanks Jeff I'll look at that link in a minute.

I was given Naproxen the last time I had it bad and I do have some left. I'm popping into the chemist in the morning, the pharmacist is brilliant so will seek out his advice.
I like the idea of the G&T but will ask him how to get the best out of painkillers but still allow me to drink! I'm hoping I can get on top of it with the Naproxen over Friday Saturday and Sunday then maybe switch to Ibuprofen and Paracetamol.

The good news is my physio tells me I can swim as long as I alternate breast stroke with back stroke ... so I'll be able to try out the snorkelling!


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Sep 2016 at 9:42pm
I will Elliemay though I might drive the person next to me mad. We've pre booked our seats and I'm in the middle seat. I think I best warn them from the start! They may offer to swop seats if I'm a pest.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Sep 2016 at 1:05am
Helen one thing I found usefull when really struggling with pain were the heat pads you can get from the pound shops, usually 2 in a pack, peel the backing off & they warm up for hours. They state not to stick direct to skin or leave overnight, but I risked it, the pain was so bad nothing worse could happen. It helped me to sleep for more than an hour or 2 anyway.I would take the Naproxen full dose for journey & the following few days, helps cope with Bastas back too! You can usually get things over the counter over there. I have been given the strong antihistamine Phenergan to help with sleep when it is really bad, plus it helps if the buggers bite me. You can get then from pharmacies over the counter here & costs less than prescription.

Hope you manage to enjoy yourself despite the weather & pain xx
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Sep 2016 at 9:52pm
Hi Tina, it sounds as if the heats pads are the same as the ones I've bought. I might play safe though and stick mine to the outside of my knickers!
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I now have Naproxen and Zapain which I've started now and will continue up to Monday morning then all being well I can have a Mythos at the port whilst waiting for the boat. Then I'll downgrade to just Naproxen and Ibuprofen and Paracetamol. Well that's the plan!! I have wondered how I'm going to cope with the Bastas beds!! It kills me at the best of times.

No matter how many times I keep looking at the weather forecast its not changing! So time to swop a summer dress for another cardigan I think and do I pack an extra bikini ... or pack a pair of wellies!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Sep 2016 at 12:07am
Sorry if I have got the wrong end of stick ... You shouldn't take Naproxen with Ibuprofen.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Sep 2016 at 9:31am
Werangels you are right!! Good job you corrected me!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Sep 2016 at 2:31pm
Oh Helen, I do hope the bad weather misses Paxos for you

I'm not sure if it would help with lower back problems and maybe you already do it anyway, but I have a compressed disc at the top of my back and I find that most Greek pillows are absolutely unbearable, so I always take my own from home, packed in one of those heavy duty plastic bags that you either vac or roll to squash down flat. Or maybe using some of the spare blankets and covers that you often find in the bottoms of the wardrobes, to put underneath the sheet as a kind of makeshift mattress topper might help make it a bit more comfy?
I wasn't lost - I was just taking an interesting detour!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Sep 2016 at 7:44pm
Thanks Elaine! I'd forgotten that tip. I used the blanket last year to lie on to try and protect my hips. Not that I haven't got plenty of my own padding, but it did help.
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