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CHRONICALLY ILL AND PLANNING A TRIP? 15 TIPS THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW PART ONE

CHRONICALLY ILL AND PLANNING A TRIP? 15 TIPS THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW PART ONE

 

Chronically ill and planning a trip? 15 tips that you need to know. Part One
Chronically Ill and Flying away on a holiday? There are some tips that can help you have a better time

 

SUMMERTIME AND THE LIVIN IS EEAASY (insert deep voice here).

Summertime, when we all think about getting away and relaxing for a while.  You plan everything down to the last-minute, but did you take into consideration how your chronic illness may affect you.  If you didn’t then guess what, you may not have as good a time as you think you will.  Some simple preparations can make or break your holiday.

I have here 15 tips for making your holiday one you can truly enjoy, knowing you have all the bases covered and all you have to think about is having fun.

I have 10 for those of you who are flying away, and another 5 for those of you who are brave and road tripping or camping.

THE FIRST FOR BOTH FLYING AND ROAD TRIPPING

For both Flying and Road Tripping the first one is check in with your doctor to make sure he/she feels you are healthy enough to go on a trip.  Also, make sure that you do this at least a couple of weeks before hand so that if there are any vaccinations that you need (mostly if you are flying) you can get over the reaction time.  Be sure to tell them when you make the appointment what vaccinations you will need so that they can be prepared for you by ordering in what’s required.

Make sure your travel insurance is up to date; if the last time you went away you were not chronically ill, you need to let the insurance company know that there is a condition that could be a problem outside of the country.

Yes, they will probably charge you more to cover you, but better to have the coverage and not need it than to not have the coverage and need it.

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Chronically Ill and Planning a Trip? Here are some tips you need to know

9 MORE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN FLYING AWAY

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A couple of days before you leave, sit down and make out a checklist of everything you might need while on the plane,  think about all the discomforts you might come across while flying.  A noisy child, a delay, close proximity to others; for people like us noise and proximity to others or too much going on around us can overwhelm us.

Be prepared by bringing along in your carry on:   a pain reliever, (Tylenol, Advil, etc,) a book, some ear plugs, a neck pillow, even a sleeping mask,  a refillable water bottle, some snacks (especially if you are on a special diet). Your medications should also be in your carry on;  if your luggage gets lost and you need your meds what would you do, better that they should be with you, or at least 3 to 4 days worth so that you have them while getting more.

Also,   a couple of days beforehand,  pump up your vitamin C so that you can be prepared for what might be in the air of your plane.  Who wants to be sick with a cold or the flu while on holiday?

3. —

On the day of the flight, try to arrive early so that you can be first in line to pass through to the gate area, especially if you are using a wheelchair or a walker, mind you, the airlines usually accommodate you if you tell them in advance that you have issues.

If you are like me and need to use a wheelchair for any kind of distance then be sure to let them know when you are booking, you will be seated first on the plane, you can get yourself settled and be ready for the overwhelm of people pushing past you (of course if you are flying first class, lucky you, you won’t have that problem.)

The other reason to arrive early is so that if there are any problems you can have time to deal with them before you have to board.  If you suffer from IBS or Crohn’s Disease you may have an issue before your flight because of the excitement, if you arrive early, you can see to your needs and make your flight an enjoyable one.

4. —

While on the trip you may not be able to participate in all the activities, for instance, if everyone else decides on a mountain hike, and like me, there is no chance you are making it;  have things with you that can allow you to entertain yourself.  Things like books, movies, your tablet or laptop, snacks that you can eat.  Think of it as a chance to rest and prepare for the days ahead, when you can do things that are more your speed.

5. —

This one is where you have to set your pride aside.  If you are travelling with companions that are not familiar with your illness, then you have to sit them down and explain things to them.  Explain how often you might have to stop, or why you might have to have rest breaks or eating breaks; it all depends on what restrictions you may have, your companions have a right to know.

They can also be brought up to speed on what to watch for in case you overdo something or you are pushing yourself too hard.  Sometimes we are enjoying ourselves so much that we ignore warning signs that we are failing, it’s nice to have someone else that can see where you’re headed and try to prevent the crash that is coming.

Finally, and I know this one will be hard, if you are part of a tour group then the tour guide needs to know and what to do if something happens.

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Trevi Fountain in Rome

6. —

This one may be the most important of all; STAY HYDRATED!  You need 6-8 glasses of water on a normal day, if you are exerting yourself then you need to increase that amount.  Yes, I know, it means more trips to the bathroom,  but it may just keep you out of the hospital.

7. —

LISTEN to your body, if you need to stop, do it;  what is the point of pushing yourself so hard that you can’t enjoy your holiday.  Get lots of sleep, try for 8 hours.  I know, I know, most of us can’t get that kind of sleep at home how are we expected to get it on holiday, just try please, it will definitely make a difference in whether or not you will pay the price when you get back.

8. —

Take a day off once in a while, sit by the pool, or take in some entertainment that doesn’t mean running all over.  Your holiday will be much more enjoyable for you and your companions if you don’t throw yourself into a flare while away.

Maybe you could have a bar night in the hotel lounge or if they have a club in the hotel maybe you could take the day and watch the action in and out, believe me, it will be interesting.  Or, if you are somewhere where you can gamble, have a casino day and play the penny slots.

9. —

Make sure you have your I.C.E. bag (in case of emergency) with you at all times.  Pop it in your backpack or the backpack of one of your companions.  Your ICE bag should contain the following:

  • Nightgown or PJ’s (in case of a hospital stay)
  • Clean underwear (bra, panties, etc.)
  • List of your meds and dosages
  • Your Doctor’s name, address, phone # and hours of operation
  • A list of your allergies
  • Slippers
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • A book

In your normal life, you should have one of these with you at all times, but it is especially important when you are on holiday.  If you should have to stay in the hospital you will want your own things.

10. —

HAVE FUN!  Just because you are chronically ill, you don’t have to give up doing all that you want to.  It takes some planning and preparation but you can have the time of your life.

Oh, by the way, one more tip sort of off the cuff, LEARN to say Thank you in the language of where you are going.  Being polite takes no effort from you but goes a long way when they realise you took the time to learn a little of their ways.

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When you are Chronically Ill rest is really important, so enjoy the view.

 

I hadn’t realised how long this post was going to be, I will save Road tripping as a PART TWO for you in next week’s post.

 

THINGS I LOVE, USE, OR MAKE

Recently I was turned on to Essential Oils.  I had heard about them before but I kind of thought they were for the new hippy generation, you know the patchouli wearing bunch that always seems to be smoking pot (weed) in the park.

Then I was reading a post about how to use them when cleaning around the house and for personal care, that there were health benefits to some of them as well.

I decided to give them a shot and of course, I now love them and wouldn’t be without them.  I use them every single day, from using tea tree oil and lemon oil for cleaning to using lavender oil for going to bed.  My favourite though is something I discovered by accident, bugs do not like peppermint; they don’t like being anywhere near the smell.

I use peppermint oil for everything, I put about 20 drops in a spray bottle with some water, shake it up and spray around the doors and windows and guess what the wasps have not been coming in the house.  The flies do still come in but a quick spritz of the solution into the air and they disappear.

I even use it on the dogs, I mixed up several drops of peppermint oil with some jojoba oil in a small bottle and I just put a little on my hands and then run my hands over their bodies.  It is supposed to prevent fleas and ticks, so if it works that’s terrific and if it doesn’t well at least they smell nice.

If you have never tried them or like me, you thought they were for the new hippy generation, then have a read up on them.  You will be surprised at just how effective they are, also you will be surprised how inexpensive it is to have them and use them.  There are a couple that are an extreme price but I think I can live without Rose oil or Frankincense oil.

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK 

“COURAGE DOES NOT ALWAYS ROAR.  SOMETIMES COURAGE IS THE QUIET VOICE AT THE END OF THE DAY SAYING “I WILL TRY AGAIN TOMORROW.”

This quote struck me as so appropriate for chronic illness sufferers, all we can do is keep on trying.  Today we may not be able to fight, but watch us tomorrow or the next day or the next.  When you live with chronic pain, you just keep getting up every morning and start trying, that says and feels like courage to me.

 

FAMILY LIFE 

This past weekend was the long weekend for those of us in Canada, and, for a change, the sun shone brightly the whole weekend (that has not happened in 20 years.)  So what do people who live in the Lower Mainland of BC do with the first sunny weekend of the year, we work.  We work on gardens, on cleaning the outside of our homes, on the driveways and bushes around our homes.  Making everything look neat and tidy and full of colour.

First was a run to Home Depot to pick out the plants and herbs we wanted this year, as well as soil for the pots (which we reuse every year).

When we got home, Hawkeye started on cleaning up the outside of our area (we live in a three-story townhouse), washing down the garage door, the patio out the back and the front deck area.

Sunday we spent cleaning up the upper patio that goes off the living room.  Then finally, yesterday, I got to start planting into the pots.  We have twelve pots so it took quite awhile to get everything sorted into each pot.  Then the front garden area of our home, which we share with our next door neighbour, was planted by Hawkeye and by that time we were both exhausted and just kind of slumped into chairs and took it all in.

In the pictures below, the first two are of some of the pots out the back, then there are a couple of the pots out the front, and finally the front garden.  Hope your weekend was as productive and that you had great weather too.

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FRONT GARDEN 2017

PLANTER AT THE FRONT 2

  PLANTER AT THE FRONT 2

 RECIPE OF THE WEEK

WATERMELON, BLUEBERRY AND FETA SALAD 

WATERMELON, BLUEBERRY AND FETA SALAD
SO REFRESHING AND NOT TOO MANY CALORIES

 

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