The “Patient Tourist” Does… Bath!

Trains, Tests & Tourism. Just another trip to the hospital!

Yesterday meant a trip to Bath, somewhere I’d only fleetingly visited once years ago for a residential week with the Open University during my Psych degree. It was a 6.30am train in bitter cold weather, which was cold enough to be painful despite donning 6 layers plus gloves, scarf and hat. First stop : Rheumatology hospital for thermal imaging, a cold stress test and capillary microscopy. The images and results will be sent to the rheumatologist for him to figure out what, if anything, they mean.

But one thing was confirmed : I struggle with the cold! Even in the warmer weather my hands are cold and unless it’s sweaty hot on a scorching day, I feel chilly. Under the thermal imaging cameras, my hands were blue and failed to warm up in the warmth of the room at all during the appointment. It was amusing to see my icy blue hands against the poker red hands of the lovely lady doing the test. Next up, my hands go under a microscope to look at the capillaries near the nail bed, and it’s amazing to see so many squiggles that are so incredibly minute that you wouldn’t know they existed. She saw some abnormalities here, but couldn’t tell me what they mean.

Next up : A touristy mooch around Bath to take in the gorgeous architecture, sample some cider in a pub near the bridge, walk along the river, appreciate some art in the museum, practically run through the abbey before a service started, and wander around the Christmas markets. I loved the decorations and quirky designs, the twinkling lights dusted around buildings and trees all throughout the centre.

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Finally, the honesty. It looks and sounds like a wonderful day. 2 hours in the hospital followed by wandering around Bath, sightseeing and relaxing. The truth? The cold was painful, all day; it got into my bones and I couldn’t warm up. I slept for an hour the night before and was sleep-tired. I was so anxious before going that I couldn’t stop thinking; my anxiety was running amuck and my incessant need to plan was driving me crazy. The crowds were overwhelming and I felt so self-conscious. By mid-afternoon, I was shattered. By the time I came home, I’m surprised I was still standing; everything hurt, every muscle and joint and part of my body was screaming. Don’t get me wrong: the day was still good and I enjoyed Bath… But getting in to bed that night was glorious.

It was a good day and there were no disasters, but photos don’t show the whole story. Remember that the next time you see Facebook photos on your feed and start to feel down about your situation or the lack of fun and happiness in your life. It’s all sculpted and crafted to paint a pretty picture. 

Now it’s a waiting game for me again, to find out what the rheumatologist says. More waiting for some biopsy results. More waiting still to see my surgeon following my ileostomy to decide what happens next. I’m usually such a patient person, but that has certainly been tested over time!

Whatever you’re up to, whether it’s ‘exciting’, recharging or simply surviving, have a lovely weekend. x



  1. December 2, 2016 / 6:54 pm

    I loved this, as a girl who studies in Bath I know what a truly amazing city it is, I especially love the Roman Baths and if you haven’t gotten around to yet, I truly recommend you visit it. And I hope everything goes well with your biopsy results 🙂

    • InvisiblyMe
      December 2, 2016 / 10:37 pm

      Thank you! 🙂
      I bet it must be fab to study there and have all of that on your doorstep, so to speak. I didn’t get to go to the Baths (and must admit it was more of a budget trip so I verged towards freebie things to see/do!) but I’d love to go again and check them out in future. Have you ever been to the thermal baths there? x

    • InvisiblyMe
      December 2, 2016 / 10:30 pm

      I enjoyed it in part, and I’m pleased I managed to do things and see places I otherwise would never have seen, it just took it out of me. Shattered would be an understatement! Thanks for the comment 🙂

  2. December 3, 2016 / 3:59 pm

    I haven’t been to thermal baths yet, I guess it’s time for another trip…
    Haha, thanks for replying to my comment, it warms my heart to know when a blogger cares about a readers thoughts/opinions.Happy blogging! ?

    • InvisiblyMe
      December 3, 2016 / 4:23 pm

      I definitely care and really do appreciate the comments I get, always makes me smile when someone has written something! The thermal baths look lovely, especially if you can get the rooftop one in nice weather (I think I’ve just talked myself into another trip..) Happy blogging to you too and have a lovely weekend x

  3. Steve
    December 5, 2016 / 7:51 pm

    Never visited Bath – would love to though! Steve

    • InvisiblyMe
      December 5, 2016 / 8:12 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Steve. It’s certainly a worthwhile trip if you ever get the chance. It’s a beautiful place, very interesting architecture, plenty of both branded & independent stores, attractions and the museum to look around, and I found it to have a generally pleasant atmosphere when I went 🙂

  4. January 26, 2017 / 9:00 am

    Hope your results were what you wanted. I also hope that being able to stroll around such a beautiful place after your hospital visit, was a way of relaxing your mind; inspite of the cold! I too struggle in the cold weather; my fingers and toes do NOT cope well!

    • InvisiblyMe
      January 26, 2017 / 11:01 am

      It really was a lovely city, would love to go back in the future without the excuse of having to go to the hospital there. I’m sorry you’re a fellow cold-sufferer – Make sure you wrap up warm with thermal gloves and thick socks (or two pairs of socks like me). x

      • January 26, 2017 / 2:06 pm

        I was super wrapped up today whist walking the dogs…so cold!!

  5. November 18, 2017 / 6:25 pm

    I dislike the cold as well…it’s super hard on the joints. And in addition, you have the moisture of your English, maritime climate to endure. As a result, the cold really bites. I lived in front of my space heater from September through May when I lived in Surrey. Praying for you. <3

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