The beginning of the week was medical appointments, followed by 4 nights in Abu Dhabi for the HSBC Championship Golf with the European Tour. I'm staying in Abu Dhabi only 45 minutes down the road as I have to move into the official bubble to comply with the Tour rules. So many rules to follow, but happy to do so. Not allowed out of the hotel other than to and from the golf course, all meals to be eaten outdoors or in your room and no socialising with more than one other but outdoors and at a distance of 2 meters. Exercise of 1 hour a day is permitted, but no access to the hotel pool, however I will be spending the 4 days walking around the golf course, so won't need my hour.
16 Saturday We ventured out on a 6 mile beach walk, ending up in KFC for lunch, then home to bed for me for the afternoon as my back was killing me. I didn't venture onto the rocks.
17 Sunday Follow up appointment after last weeks surgery, all good. Then a trip to the nail bar and hairdressers. In the late afternoon we went for a walk around the Marina.
Flamingoes at City Walk.
18 Monday Dropped Peter at work then off for a PCR test ready for the golf, collected Peter after lunch. Afternoon spent resting my back, then evening out at Bluewaters for dinner and to see the light show.
19 Tuesday Follow up appointment with the Doctor about my back. He decided to focus on my neck injury from 25 years ago saying that unless that is sorted I will continue to have a bad lower back due to poor posture. Yes, yes, I know this and NO I don't want more tests, they've been done many times, every Doctor offers to cure me, giving me false hope then at the end tells me the nerves are damaged and can't be repaired and once I learn to accept the chronic pain things will improve. Duh! I just need some physio and short term meds every now and then to get me back on track please.
20 Wednesday Off to Abu Dhabi, PCR test at Golf club then checked into hotel. I have a 1 bed apartment for the week, very luxurious and not a bad place to be isolating for the next 12 hours. Ordered room service, will be able to eat outside on the terrace the rest of the week.
21 Thursday Early morning start due to the US TV audience at 5am, however it was foggy and the golf was delayed for 3 hours. I walked round the course twice almost 30,000 steps with the last golfers having to finish half way round due to poor light. Back to hotel around 6 .30pm, I had dinner, a bath and was in bed by 9pm.
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22 Friday A lie in, breakfast and off to the course for 10am, another PCR test. One and half times round the course, 24,000 steps, back to the hotel at 6.30pm and after dinner and a bath, I was asleep by 8pm.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque, viewed from Breakfast terrace.
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My Sunday Photo - The view from above of Dubai Water Canal.
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Sounds like the golf is being well organised with regards to Covid and trying to keep everyone safe and you're certainly getting the steps in going around the course. Hope that you can manage to get some meds and physio to help sort out your back pain for now. It must be frustrating being told the same thing over again and knowing that it's going to end with the same diagnosis. #project365ReplyDelete
The golf was very well organised, hoping to get my back sorted in the next few weeksDelete
I hope you get help with your pain sooner rather than later. You have some great photos this week. Living my missing adventures through you at the moment. What a fantastic hotel room. Lots of Covid rules to comply with but I'm sure it is worth it #365ReplyDelete
It sounds like you've had a busy week.ReplyDelete
Those flamingos are fabulous!!
The hotel looks lovely. It really isn't a bad place to spend some time.
It sounds like you are getting plenty of steps in with the golf no wonder you were asleep at 8pm on Friday. x
I loved the flamingoes, a great find for me. The hotel was lovely and a great place to wind down after all those stepsDelete
We have just been offered PCR testing here, not sure if its going to make me more worried, or put my mind at ease. So nice to see some warm and sunny picturesReplyDelete
The PCR testing hasn't been an inconvenience at all, other than the long queues, unless you pay for private onesDelete
Sounds like the golf was good once the fog lifted. Hopefully you get some pain relief soon for your back.ReplyDelete
The golf was very good, but it took 3 hours for the fog to liftDelete
The view over to the mosque looks lovely with those colours. We saw a bit of the golf on the news but my son couldn't quite get his head around the fact that you were there too. Have a safe jounrney back - the rain is making an appearance for you again I believe #365ReplyDelete
Lol to F not processing me being there, my mum struggles with that alsoDelete
You did so well to get that 6 mile walk in! I would love to go for a vast hike right now and get some in some good fresh air! Those were some serious steps you put in around the golf course, you always make it sound so interesting, I bet it is quite fun! What a great place you got to stay in and glad you had a terrace that you could eat out on. Ordering room service and having someone else cook my food for me right now sounds like bliss! You must be a dab hand at all the tests now... I've got to this stage without needing one so far, I am not going anywhere or seeing anyone! Hope you are having a lovely week! Sim xReplyDelete
Back in the UK now doing all the cooking but lots of lovely long walks I can go onDelete
Sounds like the golf event is organised very well, in regards to the covid rules. You did an amazing amount of steps, walking on the golf course! Hope you get the back pain relief sorted. The view of the mosque is special. Love the flamingoes too.ReplyDelete
The golf is one of the few sporting events worldwide that has gone smoothly in regards to covidDelete
Good to know they have strict covid rules in place, the suite looks very nice and a good place to relax after all those steps. The view from the breakfast terrance looks amazing. The light show sounds interesting and something different to do. I am glad you did not attempt those rocks but it sounds like you are recovering well from the surgery?ReplyDelete
Had a fab hotel stay, the suite was lovely and relaxing, even if I'd had been able to use the facilities, I wouldn't have had the timeDelete
Glad there are strict rules to keep everyone safe. I have back pain caused by SPD while pregnant and things never aligned perfectly, hope you get some relief and not just more promises! #project365ReplyDelete
Sorry to hear that about your back. i have a friend who recently experienced this and had to have surgeryDelete
Shame about your back still giving you bother, hope you get the physio to help with it. It's nice you have a bit going on with the golf and light show. I like reading your posts as you get up to interesting things, plus love seeing the nicer weather there.ReplyDelete
Got to try and find a physio now I'm back in the UK, I try to find as many fun things to do as possible to save the monotony of being on my own day to dayDelete
That mosque is stunning. We went to see it when we went on holiday in Dubai. Sorry to hear your back is bothering you.ReplyDelete
such a shame all those buildings have gone up in front of itDelete