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    Advice?

    My husband and I are flying to see family at the end of this month. In a concise nutshell, L4 & L5 advanced spinal stenosis, herniated disc(s), osteoarthritis in both knees. Steroid shots in back went well. Tried steroid shots (Dec '99 and June '22). Both steroid & gel shots relieved nothing. Taking Gabapentin and prescribed lidocaine patches. Seeing pain management in just over a week. Hoping, praying, and not sure what to expect.....
    I know I will require a wheelchair during flight transfers and layover. Can anyone recommend travel tips? I'm presently using a cane daily and am severely limited in mobility.
    #SpinalStenosis #TravelTips

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    #TravelTips Options for comfort items to take while traveling? #WeightedBlankets #Comfort #Sleep

    I will probably need to travel within the next few day. My grandfather is not doing well #Death #Grief .
    I normaly sleep with a 20 pound #WeightedBlankets , but will not be able to take that with me.
    Does anyone have ideas for something that I can take/ have delivered to where I’m traveling, either to mimic a weighted blanket, or to help me sleep ( not pills)? Thanks!
    #help #Selfcare #Selfsoothing

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    Tips and tricks for air travel with dysautonomia

    I haven’t travelled on a plane since 2019, which was before my dysautonomia symptoms got significantly worse. The last few months have been the worst condition I’ve been in energy, symptoms, etc. wise and I’m planning a trip to England in July to visit family. It’s important to me to go and luckily I’ll be staying with family that also has dealt with POTS recently, but I’m most worried about the airport, flight and jet lag.

    I’m planning to get a wheelchair for the airport so I don’t have to worry about standing in lines, but other than that I’m trying to figure out what to remember to try to not end up in a horrible flare.

    Any ideas/tips would be great from anyone!

    #Dysautonomia #Spoonie #Travel #TravelTips #LivingWithPOTS

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    Wellness Wednesday: Diabetes and Holiday Travel

    Christmas is almost a week away and many of us are preparing to travel to visit family and friends.

    In preparation for the upcoming holiday, DiaTribe has provided a traveling guide for people with diabetes.

    The guide includes what we should take with us. Those items include:

    🧳 Medication for diabetes – insulin and other diabetes medications (metformin, SGLT-2 inhibitors, GLP-1 receptor agonists, etc.), syringes, pens, and insulin pump supplies for at least three extra days; delays and cancellations might change your travel plans.
    Blood glucose meter and supplies: alcohol swabs, lancets, etc.

    🧳 CGM users should always have a spare CGM sensor and a backup BGM in case one of the sensors fail or if the flight takes longer to get home than expected.

    🧳 Be sure to have three extra basal insulin injections should your pump fail. If you have an insulin pump, be sure to have a spare infusion set.

    🧳 Make sure you have a letter of medical necessity from your primary care physician or endocrinologist with you when you fly. You will have more success with TSA agents and flight attendants if you have proof of your diabetes on hand.

    🧳 You can bring through security fast-acting carbohydrates (like glucose tablets, or other non-liquid foods), and glucagon to treat a low while on the plane.

    🧳 Ketone testing supplies.

    ​​🧳 You may also need to discuss other medications with your healthcare team, such as antimalarials, skin creams, anti-inflammatories (Tylenol), and antiemetics, if going to a remote or exotic destination or a developing country.

    ⚠️Caution ⚠️
    You may need to take care when traveling with strong painkillers, such as opiates and codeine-containing drugs, as some countries do not allow these drugs.

    To read the article in it’s entirety, click on the link below:

    diatribe.org/traveling-guide-people-diabetes

    What how do you prepare for holiday travel?

    Share in the comments below 😀

    #Diabetes #DiabetesType2 #DiabetesType1 #prediabetes #TravelTips #TravelTips #AirTravel #Health #Medication

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    What podcast would you listen to while traveling for the holidays?

    Whether traveling for the holidays or going on a vacation for any reason what is a podcast you would listen to on either your drive, flight, train, boat ride, etc?
    Share in the comments below!
    #MentalHealth #DistractMe #TravelTips #Travel #Holidays #Podcasts #Podcast #podcastpeeps #TheMightyPodcast #listen #Share #TheMighty

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    Back home to Disney!

    This will be my first trip back to Disney since being diagnosed fibromyalgia. We have plans to do a park every other day and take our time and go at our pace. My question is, what shoe does everyone find is the most comfortable and breathable? Not to mention I trip when I start to get tired. There are days my feet, back and sciatica hurt very badly so I need support. #sciatica #FootDrop #Fibromyaliga #TravelTips

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    Tips for Traveling to a New Hospital

    Anyone have any tips for traveling to a big new hospital for appointments, tests, and possibly procedures? #ChronicIllness #TravelTips

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    What are some things you do/bring with you while traveling to save some spoons? #TravelTips #Disability #CerebralPalsy #Spoonie

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    Does anyone have tips for #Traveling with #ChronicIllness ?

    I’m flying cross country this coming June and I have no idea how I’m going to do things like, get through tsa in a wheelchair, sit for 4 1/2 straight, and get seating with my wheelchair... any tips would be super helpful!
    #TravelTips #AirTravel #Travel #Fibromyalgia #RareBloodDisorder #AutoimmuneDisorder #ImmuneThrombocytopenia #MuscularDystrophy