Travel with Dizzy
The following is written by Betty Scott, a remarkable woman, and mother to Dizzy, a UK Thalidomide survivor who has four-limb damage and is profoundly deaf as well. Betty cares for her daughter with great energy and panache, and not content to stay in their hometown of Eastbourne in the UK, they have travelled far and wide. This is a very engaging and inspirational article, by an amazing lady.
I can't believe I am doing this. When I retired nearly 14 years ago, I promised myself I would never write again. There were lots of other things I said I would never do again and I have done almost all of them. And then some....
I have done all of these with my shadow, my beloved daughter Dizzy. Her real name is Desiree but as she is profoundly deaf she has always called herself Dizzy and that is who she is, even in temperament. Also there is a good sign for her name in sign language.
So, what has all this to do with travel you may ask. Dizzy gets bored very quickly because, although deaf, she is very bright. So how to keep her stimulated without too much pain? In 1991 my only son Peter moved to Cannes, France, where he still lives. We went to visit first by plane. Difficult. Then we hired a car in France. Difficult. Then we put our car on the train. Car got taken off, but we did not. Difficult.
So we bought our first very small VW Camper in 1992. Bingo, it was OK and we got to France comfortably and without having a nervous breakdown.
That was three motorhomes ago. We had found a mode of travel that for us made almost everything possible. The photo of Dizzy above is our present motorhome showing Dizzy's bed and bathroom. We also sport a wide door and lift, air conditioning and of great importance, satellite dish. Very important when travelling with a deaf person. Little conversation.
We travelled Europe, stayed winters in Portugal and Spain and had some great times at the Camping and Caravanning Rallies and made some lovely friends. It became clear that we could do a lot of travelling but it had to be doable. A few years on, would you believe it, we got bored just travelling Europe. We tried a few long-haul flights but it was difficult and expensive, because of all the luggage we had to take, even for short trips. Since then we have given up flying altogether.
Then a friend introduced us to cruising. Eureka! we had found a way to see the WORLD. So we did. We had a number of small cruises, it was OK. So we went on a world cruise lasting 101 nights and packing 21 suitcases and an extra wheelchair.
Still, it worked. Taxi to and from Southampton. Special Vehicles booked in ports via internet and we found ourselves in places we never ever dreamt of seeing. We no longer try different modes of travel. It's car, motorhome or cruise. we have been all over the world. Greenland, Iceland, Alaska, Panama Canal, Suez Canal, New York, Boston, Canada, you name it.
I still get a thrill, every time we are out there with the 'rest of them'. Try it, its life changing.
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