Walkin' and coughin'
October 18, 2011 5:37 AM Subscribe
Looking for first-hand experiences of the Camino de Santiago--with potentially complicating health issues. Can it be done?
posted by devotion+doubt to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (4 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
A friend of mine wants to walk the Camino de Santiago in the spring of 2012. Complication: emphysema.
My friend is 53 years old. He uses inhalers but no oxygen therapy or anything like that. He walks everywhere, so the walking part itself isn't the problem. (My knowledge of emphysema is pretty limited too so forgive me if I'm leaving out any crucial information.)
Here's his question to me:
"my biggest concerns are how best to tackle this journey with emphysema. i don't want to just do it on a bus or some lame tourist experience, but then again, i don't want to get stuck mid route because the hills are too steep or some such nonsense."
So, a two-parter:
1. Any first-hand experiences of the Camino de Santiago would be greatly appreciated!
2. (How) can he walk it?
(Please note that I'm not looking for medical advice--he'll check this all out with his doctor yada yada. Just, you know, what's the experience like and are there easier routes. Thanks!)