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China next week... supposedly

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Hi everyone, I haven't been on the Asia board for awhile. Life has been so busy (with a new man in my life). :-)

My daughter Julie and I are supposed to leave Friday for a trip to China. I haven't posted questions because we're (boo, hiss) doing a tour with G Adventures. Some of you may recall Julie and I went to Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia on our own several years ago, with much help from this board. Then I ventured back to Asia with Intrepid to India two years ago. Now it's China, with what I think is a terrific itinerary: Beijing, Xian, Yangshuo, Longsheng, and Shanghai.

The problem? I hurt my back (small tear in a disc) and am teetering on the brink of whether to go postpone the trip. The pain has been significant at times since July and I've taken one Prednisone pack (steroid), which helped tremendously for a week or so, and I had a cortisone shot in my back two weeks ago. I felt great for awhile, but now I seem to be declining somewhat. I have Prednisone to take along and I may try to get another cortisone shot this week if possible.

I'd like to go but don't want to be in China and be in a lot of pain and unable to do things. I can walk without much difficulty on level ground but hills/stairs are somewhat difficult. I can't do any heavy lifting - and bending over to pick up something off the ground is extremely difficult. I'm thinking the Prednisone will get me through if I get worse.

I do have trip insurance on the tour, but not on the airfare. I've called United (am waitlisted for business class) and I could rebook the flight up to six months out with a $250 fee for each ticket.

At this point I'm leaning toward going if I can get the cortisone shot this week. The doctor said I could go - just need to be careful. He did say he'd had patients in my situation who went on trips and they did well at first but weren't feeling so well toward the end of the trip.

So, given my itinerary and what I've told you about my physical condition, I'd welcome your thoughts. If I postpone, I'll probably reschedule for March or April. Not keen on losing the money and I am eager to go. Just feeling a little uncertain.

Thanks, everyone.

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