Traveling Smart While Sick
Being able to go to Florida for a few days last minute was exactly what the doctor ordered. He upped my prednisone and I had a nice little mental escape…and I think I’m getting better with travelling and minimizing the severity of flare symptoms during and after flying 👍🏼.
•Like I said on my last trip, hydrate hydrate hydrate. I start the day before my flight and drink Gatorade as well for some electrolytes. I also drink pretty nonstop on the plane.
•You’ll probably have to pee a lot from drinking so much but even if you don’t, get up, and walk around or wash your hands in the airplane bathroom. I made the mistake of not doing this until towards the end of the flight there and my knees and hips suffered…swollen and painful. So on the way home I made it a point to have an aisle seat and move around to prevent getting stiff and to get my blood flowing.
•Pack snacks! Being gluten free, you gotta have snacks on you at all times…cheez its won’t work on the plane.
•I’m over the “wheelchair” denial I had. This helps me. TREMENDOUSLY. Not having to walk through a huge airport like Orlando and stand and wait for luggage saves me so much energy. If you can do it…do it. And some airports let you preboard as well which is just an added perk 😉 (thank you @southwestair for being so incredibly accommodating).
•I barely spent any time outside in Florida, but I still had the biggest floppy hat and tons of sunscreen with me. I’m becoming more and more photosensitive so this helps prevent any symptoms (my face and especially eyelids are usually the first to start burning).
•Last but def not least, Elephant Pants! (Or at least something comfortable…but I’m pretty obsessed with these). Check out The Elephant Pants for some seriously comfy clothes. Plus, they’re a great company that donates part of the proceeds towards saving Elephants 🐘.
Am I where I want to be with travelling in my life yet? No. Can I fly cross country or overseas? HELL no. But I am making progress. I am learning. I can get away for a few days for a change of scenery and mental escape. No, my trips probably aren’t the same as yours. I don’t leave the house much and spend most of my time on the couch or in a bed…but I. Am. Away. And progress is progress.
I think I’m making a pretty tasty lemonade with the lemons I’ve been given and although my life is not what I thought what it would be right now, different doesn’t always have to be a bad thing. 🙂