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Many many problems on the Camino and the learning that came

Jermann75

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2018
#1
Hello all,

I'm back from the Camino for a couple of months now but I've just started to post my journey to my blog. I would love it if you would subscribe to get the updates. A little teaser of some of the issues I experienced:
  1. Blisters and infected blisters.
  2. 3 rounds of bed bugs (last bout was my last night on the Camino with over 100 bites).
  3. A kidney stone and hospitalization in Leon.
  4. My backpack was thrown in the garbage.
The blog is located here:

With all the breakdowns I sure learned a ton along the way which I will also be sharing. I hope you enjoy!
 

Iriebabel

Iriebabel & the cyborg turtle
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April (2018)
Camino Del Norte end of March 2019
#2
[*]Blisters and infected blisters.
[*]3 rounds of bed bugs (last bout was my last night on the Camino with over 100 bites).
[*]A kidney stone and hospitalization in Leon.
[*]My backpack was thrown in the garbage.


Wow sounds like you went thru a lot. Happy you made it thru and in good spirits. Congratulations 🎈
 

FLEUR

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2012 - 2016
#5
Kidney stones and passing them, no fun but having them surgically removed can also be horrendous.

(From one who knows ! 😕😉)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
St Olav/Francés ('16)
Baztanés/Francés ('17)
Ingles ('18)
#7
Wow. You went through a lot. Congratulations. And may you heal well!

And a gentle nudge...maybe your thread title is tongue in cheek, and if so, please forgive me.
But it's not only you who has persevered through extreme challenges - there are plenty of people out there who have experienced as much or worse. People who have broken bones, lost all their belongings, walked with disability or terminal disease. The camino is teeming with heroes, most of whom don't say anything about it.
 

Jermann75

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2018
#9
Wow. You went through a lot. Congratulations. And may you heal well!

And a gentle nudge...maybe your thread title is tongue in cheek, and if so, please forgive me.
But it's not only you who has persevered through extreme challenges - there are plenty of people out there who have experienced as much or worse. People who have broken bones, lost all their belongings, walked with disability or terminal disease. The camino is teeming with heroes, most of whom don't say anything about it.
I’ve changed the title now as I note your point.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, 2013
Camino del Norte a Chimayó (USA), 2015
Camino Portugues, 2017
#10
Those of you in the US who are old enough to remember the TV show "Hee-Haw" will remember Junior Samples singing the song, "If It Weren't Fer Bad Luck, I'd Have No Luck At All." But seriously, I'm sorry you had to endure those difficulties, and I hope overall that you can look back and see the Camino as a positive experience.
 

Cybermum

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances may 2019 Portuguese Feb 2019
#11
Hello all,

I'm back from the Camino for a couple of months now but I've just started to post my journey to my blog. I would love it if you would subscribe to get the updates. A little teaser of some of the issues I experienced:
  1. Blisters and infected blisters.
  2. 3 rounds of bed bugs (last bout was my last night on the Camino with over 100 bites).
  3. A kidney stone and hospitalization in Leon.
  4. My backpack was thrown in the garbage.
The blog is located here:

With all the breakdowns I sure learned a ton along the way which I will also be sharing. I hope you enjoy!
Where were the bedbugs?
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
St Olav/Francés ('16)
Baztanés/Francés ('17)
Ingles ('18)
#12
Where were the bedbugs?
They can be anywhere, @Cybermum, particularly as the season progresses into autumn and waves of peregrinos have moved along the way.
One place may not have them now and have them next week, and vice versa. So no-one can (or should) point the finger at a given albergue. The situation is way too fluid to be doing that.
 
Camino(s) past & future
2012, 2015 ,2017
#13
I can sympathize with the many bites. Similar to my situation in 2015 1 day out of Santiago on the Sanabrese. As I recall telling my friends, I must have slept in the one bunk where the bedbugs held a fiesta. I was covered and taxied to Santiago for immediate help. There hasn't been a camino for me when I haven't been bitten, but that time was something else. Ironically, I believe Kinkie tried to warn me about a certain bunk and for some reason I was just too exhausted to care, and it was the last bunk. lol now I know why!
 
Camino(s) past & future
2012, 2015 ,2017
#14
Hello all,

I'm back from the Camino for a couple of months now but I've just started to post my journey to my blog. I would love it if you would subscribe to get the updates. A little teaser of some of the issues I experienced:
  1. Blisters and infected blisters.
  2. 3 rounds of bed bugs (last bout was my last night on the Camino with over 100 bites).
  3. A kidney stone and hospitalization in Leon.
  4. My backpack was thrown in the garbage.
The blog is located here:

With all the breakdowns I sure learned a ton along the way which I will also be sharing. I hope you enjoy!
Hi, I linked to your blog and would love to follow the rest. Have you posted more?
 

Jermann75

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2018
#16
They can be anywhere, @Cybermum, particularly as the season progresses into autumn and waves of peregrinos have moved along the way.
One place may not have them now and have them next week, and vice versa. So no-one can (or should) point the finger at a given albergue. The situation is way too fluid to be doing that.
I have to agree... My husband was sleeping on the top bunk of my bed and I on the bottom. He received no bites and me 100+. After having 3 bouts of them, I knew the gestation period for me so I knew the last place I got them but I won't mention the name. I will say that I took the blanket that they offered (I had NEVER done this in the past but this time I did (sigh...).

Also, if I do this again, I will take the top bunk every time. My theory is that there are more on the bottom bunk. No idea if this is true.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Plan on walking the Camino Frances May 2019, God willing
#17
Wow. You went through a lot. Congratulations. And may you heal well!

And a gentle nudge...maybe your thread title is tongue in cheek, and if so, please forgive me.
But it's not only you who has persevered through extreme challenges - there are plenty of people out there who have experienced as much or worse. People who have broken bones, lost all their belongings, walked with disability or terminal disease. The camino is teeming with heroes, most of whom don't say anything about it.
Rather a negative response ...
 

Kanga

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese.
#18
Yes, @Jermann75 I agree that the top bunk is safer! I don't know if it is just percentages, because I usually try to get a bottom bunk, but I've never been bitten when I sleep on the top.
 

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