Pursuing the expatriate life in Italy–“King of pain”–thank you, Police

OK, so I’m nursing an intense pain in my neck (insert joke). For some reason, I developed severe pain near my shoulder blade that shoots down to my elbow. Immediately, I began to panic. Nearly two years ago I suffered a pinched nerve, the most excruciating pain I’d ever experienced in my life. This pain was very similar, especially in its intensity. I was fearful the pain would morph into a pinched nerve like last time. Hence the panic.

I was house sitting for a close friend of mine who happened to be a chiropractor. When I picked him up at the airport, we went to his office where he adjusted me which helped tremendously. Today I saw my personal chiropractor and he helped me even more. I left his office practically pain-free, although he told me that the pain would be coming back. Nevertheless, I did find out that I don’t have the beginning of a pinched nerve. The pain has been ameliorated by meds that friends gave me. I’m praying that it improves. I will be seeing my chiro again tomorrow. My primary concern is traveling on three flights through four airports over the course of twenty-four hours. I don’t want to be screaming in pain. Continue reading

Pursuing the expatriate life in Italy–“Never can say goodbye”–thank you, Jackson 5 and Gloria Gaynor

WHEW! That’s all I can say right now.

Alright, I lied. After all, I’m a blogger. I’ve always got something to say, right?

My visa arrived. I am officially and legally leaving for Italy on Wednesday, November 12 for one year. I was confident that the visa would arrive this week. The Italian Consulate practically promised me. And something told me it just might be today. What a relief to find the envelope in the mailbox. Continue reading

Pursuing the expatriate life in Italy–“So very hard to go”–thank you, Tower of Power

If it’s been three or four days, then it’s time to write. I am having a hard time pulling a rabbit out of my hat for things to say. I’m totally tuned out and just biding my time to get to Italy. Everything is done and there’s nothing to do now except wait, wait, wait.

It’s been three weeks and five days since my visa application was received by the Italian Consulate in San Francisco. Yesterday I spoke with them. They have assured me that my visa will arrive by the end of next week. Cutting it close, but it gives me enough time to finish every last minute detail and get my euros. Continue reading