As much as we wish it weren’t so, chronic illness doesn’t take a vacation. No matter how many frequent flyer miles we have, or how terrific it is to see friends and family, our aches, pains, medications, and other health baggage come with us.
As difficult as it might be to travel with an illness, good planning can help make the way a bit easier and a bit less worrisome. Here are some tips:
Talk with your doctor about the trip you’ll be making, and ask what you need to take with you, as well as what you should do should an emergency arise. Today, many docs have contacts in other cities, which can be very helpful if you need immediate, personal assistance. Also, with modern ways to communicate, your doctor might only be a call or a text away.
Make room in your luggage for what you need to take care of your health – Insurance cards, prescriptions, etc. And, make room in your schedule for rest, exercise, and the other activities that help you take care, too.
Communicate with loved ones and family in advance about any restrictions you might have – reducting sun exposure, for example, or not participating in strenuous sports, hiking, or other physical activities. Help them understand you want to spend time with them, but need to manage your health situation carefully.
Pack all of your relaxation techniques and prayers – and put them to use as you navigate highways, airport lines, and other tiring aspects of travel.
Allow yourself to look forward to the trip, even if it does mean extra work. Although illness doesn’t take a vacation, that doesn’t mean you can’t!
Blessings for the day,