I wasn’t going to post today. Yesterday I got out of school – after a ridiculous day, goodness gracious – and had to pack and clean and go to bed early because I woke up at 4:30 this morning. Long story short, because of that winter storm going on, my flight to Philly got delayed, so my flight to Boston would have been missed, so I got rebooked to Charlotte, where I’m enjoying wi-fi and waiting for my flight to Boston. Wish me luck on getting to Beantown in time for suppah!
If you’re traveling with a chronic pain condition, then you probably dread traveling. I know that I do. It can be completely and totally miserable. Here are some of my tips for surviving traveling while in massive pain or trying to prevent medium pain from getting much bigger.
1. Wear comfortable clothing.
If it’s skinny jeans, sweatpants, oversized t-shirts, whatever. If it’s comfortable, wear it. You have triggers like turbulent flights or stress to add to your pain – you don’t need to add uncomfortable clothing to the mix.
2. Keep your medications on hand.
Make sure they are easy to access and do not, whatever you do, forget to take them. If you have emergency pain meds, never let them out of your sight. Ever. People might try and steal them, which is the last thing you need to deal with right now.
3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
If you need help putting your carry-on in the overhead or if it turns out that you need a wheelchair to navigate the airport, do not be afraid to ask for assistance or ashamed to give in. It is not a bad thing. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve arrived at an airport and realized that my gate was on the opposite side and immediately wished I had requested a wheelchair. I didn’t request one today, but I already requested one for my December/January flights because I’ll be traveling pre and post infusion.
4. Breathe. It will be okay!
It is so easy to stress out when traveling, which can trigger your pain to rise. Try your best to stay calm and go with the flow right now. You’ll be at your destination soon enough – it will all work out!