The Woes of Traveling When You’re Chronically Ill
I just returned from an amazing six-week vacation to Sanibel Island with my parents. I didn’t know how badly I needed a break until I sat on the warm, salty-aired beach and stuck my feet into the white sand! It was amazing, relaxing and just the break from my hectic life I desperately needed.
However, traveling to and from my personal paradise is so stressful I now need a vacation from traveling to my vacation! Which leaves me with the question: Is it worth it to take a vacation when living with a chronic illness? I most certainly would encourage anyone living with the everyday stress of any illness to take a break every now and again and get away from your everyday life to relax and “just be.” However, if I’m speaking about myself personally, it’s extremely tough to travel.
For starters, I’d love to be that girl who can pack a small, super cute carry on suitcase and matching hand bag and be ready to fly in an hour! Grab a taxi to the airport in high heels and skinny jeans, looking cute, sassy and stylish! In reality, for me that is not only impractical, it’s highly unlikely due to the simple fact that I have a ton of stuff I need to bring to survive my life!
OK, forget I went away for six weeks and let’s say I only went for two weeks. The average vacation nowadays seems to be roughly two weeks. I would need to bring first and most importantly two weeks of my daily medicine. I take a variety of pills (32 pills to be exact) four times a day! That is not including acetaminophen, vitamins or any over-the-counter medicine. So there’s that. Then I need my clothes, of course but I have to pack not only for the beach and 90 degree days but also for the cold airport and plane, the air-conditioned restaurants, the cool Florida nights, rainy days, windy days, humid days, not humid days… you get my drift? So a small, cute carry on now becomes out of the question. Not to mention all of my toiletries which I have to buy special for the island.
The very first time I…