July 1, 2018
Currently our country count is at 25 in our quest to visit 50 countries in 50 months. Although this is our fifth stop in Denmark since we started travelling, we are only allowed to count it once according to our own set of rules. There are plenty of reasons why we keep coming back to Denmark. Family, friends, great weather and last but not least, our daughter Emma is in Denmark again with boyfriend Simon after travelling in Asia, India, The Middle East and Europe for the past 5-6 months. Check Simon's Flickr via the link to see photos.
Our connecting flight to Billund Denmark was delayed in Reykjavik, Iceland for 3 and a half hours. On account of the delay we were offered a free meal and later attempted a nap in a quiet end of the airport. The constant flight announcements made it tough to get any rest though.
Our original plan was to drive from Billund to Copenhagen but decided Copenhagen was too long of a drive after the long flight and delay. Simon's parents, Kristian and Karen in Assentoft came to the rescue and we stayed there the first night. This also meant we could drop off four large suitcases we brought along for Emma and Simon. We had a warm welcome dinner, a glass of red and then off to an early night.
July 13, 2018
The first two weeks in Denmark were nothing short of stellar. Lots of visits with friends and family in Copenhagen, Assentoft, Alslev and Aarhus. See photos below. We were on a roll and getting ready to head to my hometown of Lemvig.
major Speed bump ahead
Di had developed a bit of an ear ache and had trouble swallowing food and drinks. We saw a doctor in Aarhus Monday morning but were quickly dismissed with a; It's nothing really. As we arrived in my hometown of Lemvig, Di was going downhill fast. She stayed in bed with, what we thought was an ear infection. My cousin Vibeke, a physician, was incredibly kind and made a housecall to see Di during her vacation break. Pain killers and antibiotics were prescribed. Wednesday things got worse and Vibeke suggested we go to the hospital to see an emergency doctor. At this point Di had even more trouble swallowing and was developing paralysis on the right side of her face. She could only blink one eye properly had a crooked smile. At this point we were seriously worried.
This was the start of a weeklong stay in hospital where they had trouble diagnosing Di. It was scary to say the least and a painful time for her. She is out of hospital now and we are recuperating north of Aarhus with our friends Hanne and Jesper. We were at the hospital in Holstebro for five nights and later moved to the hospital in Aarhus for the last two nights. A stroke was ruled out early on and they were almost certain it was lyme disease as a result of a tick bite. The final diagnose however was Ramsay Hunt Syndrome (herpes zoster oticus) which occurs when a shingles outbreak affects the facial nerve near one of your ears. In addition to the painful shingles rash, Ramsay Hunt Syndrome can cause facial paralysis and hearing loss in the affected ear.
We saw a hearing specialist yesterday, and luckily her hearing is not impacted. More good news; the facial paralysis is slowly subsiding and a full recovery is anticipated. Di is still tired and it will take several weeks to get back in top shape. We are glad to be out of the hospital and lucky to have friends nearby who take such good care of us. We are bummed we have had to cancel all further travel plans but right now it is not a priority, as you can imagine. Di loves Denmark and it appears she will do almost anything to stay here a bit longer. The plan right now is to stick around as we have a follow up appointment on August 10th. We will be in the Aarhus area, probably for a couple of weeks while Hanne and Jesper are away on vacation. A huge thanks to Alice and Henning for hosting us and helping out during those difficult days in Lemvig.
We are crossing our fingers and surely our next blog post will be more uplifting. Stay tuned.