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CHRONICALLY ILL AND PLANNING A TRIP? 15 THINGS THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW. PART 2

CHRONICALLY ILL AND PLANNING A TRIP? 15 THINGS THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW. PART 2

 

CHRONICALLY ILL AND PLANNING A tRIP? 15 THINGS THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW. PART 2 - ROADTRIPPING
CHRONICALLY ILL AND PLANNING A TRIP? 15 THINGS THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW. PART 2 – ROADTRIPPING

 

Today we are going to continue with the things that you need to know when planning a trip.

This time we are going to talk about road-tripping.  Travelling by car or truck, or going camping ( are you crazy?) I am long past the time when I think sleeping in a tent is fun, but I know there are some of you out there who still do it, this post will be for you.

If you travel in an RV, you are still going to want to have a read and see if any of the remaining five things (did 10 in Part One) apply to you.

As I stated in part one, the first thing you have to do is make sure your doctor is aware you are going and approves. Get any shots or medications that might be required where you are going.

Travel insurance, I don’t care if you are going 10 miles or 10,000 miles travel insurance is necessary because you need to know that you are covered regardless of whether or not something happens.  As I said before “better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

As with travelling by air, you need to put a checklist together a few days before so that when you do start to pack for the trip, you don’t get overwhelmed by not knowing what you need to take with you.

THE OTHER 5 THINGS YOU NEED WHEN PLANNING A TRIP.

2. —

Make sure that you tell your travelling companions everything.  They have a right to know what can happen and what to do if something does.  You should tell them what it looks like before you crash, signs to watch for that you are becoming unwell.

They must understand that if you say that you need to rest, or leave, or even stop entirely, that it means it has to happen right now.

The last thing any of us want is to impede the fun of your companions; but, they have to be aware of how bad it can be if you don’t rest, or if you are too overwhelmed by the chaos around you, or what happens if you don’t get to stop right now.

Nobody wants to be sick when they are on holiday, take precautions to make sure that you aren’t.

 

3. —

Try to make sure that you stick to your usual schedule as much as possible.  Eat, sleep, rest, and meds should all be taken at the same time as you would take them at home.

For the most part, try to stick with the foods that you are familiar with.  You can’t always be sure how your body is going to react to new ones, I know that half the fun of travelling to new places is what the regional food tastes like, but why take the chance on ruining your holiday.

 

4. —

Stay HYDRATED, half the battle of overwhelm and exhaustion can be as a result of dehydration.  6-8 glasses of water per day and more if you are exerting yourself.

Don’t underestimate the importance of this, it can bring on the migraine and the problems with your stomach, or the pain that you feel can be increased by not keeping topped up with your fluids.

Drink lots (and I don’t mean alcohol), you may have to spend more time in the loo, but what it does for your body can’t be compared.

 

5. —

Don’t let anxiety about your illness spoil your fun.  Take a risk, do what looks like fun even if it is out of your comfort zone.  Don’t have any ‘I Wish’ moments when you come home, you are there to have fun and get away from the every day, be prepared to deal with the results of your fun, but don’t let the results stop you.  We only have one life and it is meant to be lived.

 

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Finally, make sure that you take along your I.C.E. bag with you and have a Day of Rest Bag too.  Let your companions go out and roam around while you sit by the pool being waited on by a great looking waiter or waitress, and enjoy just a little bit of down time.

 

THE I.C.E. BAG AND THE DAY OF REST BAG FOR YOUR TRIP

THE IN CASE OF EMERGENCY BAG SHOULD CONTAIN:

  • All of your doctor’s information, name, address, phone #, and hours of operation
  • A list of your meds and their dosages
  • A list of your allergies
  • Nightgown or PJ’s (just in case you have to spend the night in hospital)
  • Clean underwear  (bra, panties etc.)
  • Slippers
  • A Book or something to keep you entertained
  • A charger for your phone
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • and anything else that you can think of that you might need for a hospital stay.

This bag should be carried with you at all times, in your car or any other vehicle you travel in.

 

THE DAY OF REST BAG SHOULD CONTAIN:

  • Books
  • Movie
  • Laptop/Tablet
  • Pillow
  • Blanket
  • Crossword puzzle or whatever keeps you entertained
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Pack everything that you would need if you were in flare and staying in bed.

The main thing to remember in all of this, whether you are flying away or going on a road trip, you are supposed to have fun, don’t let your body trip you up.  LISTEN to it, you can always do whatever tomorrow.  Take the time you need to help yourself.  And:

HAPPY HOLIDAYS – ENJOY YOUR FUN IN THE SUN

 

CHRONICALLY ILL AND PLANNING A tRIP? 15 THINGS THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW. PART 2 - ROADTRIPPING 2
CHRONICALLY ILL AND PLANNING A tRIP? 15 THINGS THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW. PART 2 – ROADTRIPPING

 

 

THINGS I LOVE, USE, OR MAKE 

I have just begun using Weight Watchers again, I have been a member for about 5 years and I have gone up and down like a yoyo.

However, this past weekend was the graduation of my niece and we all took some lovely photos of her in her dress.  She looked amazing, and everybody was taking turns getting their picture taken with her.  Once she left to go to the dance, we headed home and I started flipping through the pictures to send them on to the others.

Once she left to go to the dance, we headed home and I started flipping through the pictures to send them on to the others.

I at first, went right past the one of her and I because I didn’t recognize it as myself.  When I went back to line them all up to send out to various family members, I finally realized that it was me standing next to her.  Needless to say, I was not impressed with what I saw.

I guess because we always only see parts of ourselves, we don’t really get an idea of how we look as a whole.  In my opinion, I looked like the Pillsbury Dough Boy. I hadn’t realized how much weight I had put back on since last year.  So, I did the only thing I could think of and stepped on the scale to see how much I had put back on of the forty I had lost.

I hadn’t realized how much weight I had put back on since last year.  So, I did the only thing I could think of and stepped on the scale to see how much I had put back on of the forty I had lost.

This is harder than I thought, but if I’m going to hold myself accountable for my weight gain, then I have to be honest.  I have gained back 26 of the 40 lbs I had lost up until the end of last year.  I know partly why, with all of the snow and rain of the last few months, I wasn’t getting out and walking as much, but lack of exercise is only part of the reason.

I know partly why, with all of the snow and rain of the last few months, I wasn’t getting out and walking as much, but lack of exercise is only part of the reason.

REASONS 

I sat down and really started thinking about what I was doing to myself, I was responsible for all of the the weight gain, I was eating more, and more of the bad stuff, chocolate, candy, bread, and of course sugar.

My portion sizes have steadily been climbing, I did know that I was eating larger amounts, but silly me, I thought that since I was making the food from scratch and it was all healthy that I didn’t really have to worry about how big a portion I ate.

WRONG!!!!!  I was deliberately fooling myself, giving myself a pass on all the other junk too.  Well, no more.  This time I am going to stick with the program and I am going to try harder to put more movement into my days.

I know it’s going to be hard because just going up and down the stairs is hard but, I have to give myself a kick in the butt and a swat on the back of the head and get my ass back in gear.

I will keep you updated as I go.  If there is anyone out there that wants to do this with me, just give me a shout on the Contact me page, I will be glad to have some friends along.

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

 

I found this one on Pinterest today, it seems to be just what I need to hear right now.  Thank you Inspirational Quotes Magazine for posting this.

 

 

FAMILY LIFE 

I guess this must be the week for reflection because I was sifting through some productivity websites the other night (I am always looking for a new way to do things that might be faster than the tried and true) and I came across  a site that says ask yourself these three questions and it should be all the motivation you need to keep going  on whatever path you are on.

The site suggested that you take a few days and think about the questions and be sure to be thorough because once you have seen your answers, you will be eager to get going.

I did as they asked and spent a lot of time really thinking about the answers, and you know, they were right.  Once I had my answers, I had my answers on how to keep going and to stop feeling as if somehow I am a not worthy of you people out there.

I have rediscovered my confidence, and with the help of some people in a group I belong to on Facebook, I am raring to go on my blog and my new business.

So here are the three questions, ask yourself:

  1. What do I really want from or for my life?
  2. What can I do to get there?
  3.  What will it cost me in energy, time and money; and is it worth it?

Once you sit down and really start to think about these three questions, you will find yourself dreaming at first of the perfect life, but then you will come back to reality and really start to focus on what is important and why.

I know that I found every reason I will ever need to keep trying and to keep going forward.

What will you find?

 

 

RECIPE OF THE WEEK 

SAUSAGES AND PIEROGIES 

PIEROGIES AND SAUSAGES

 

 

 

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