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Next Call: June 1, 2017 from 1:30 – 2:30pm EST; Evening Call is June 8 from 7 – 8pm EST
Pain Free Traveling….we wish!
- Plan your trip with realistic expectations for yourself as you are today. Try short day trips and see how you do. Gradually increase trips to overnights.
- Decide if you are traveling with someone or going alone. Write out a traveling plan (“How you can help me”, example. “If I look unwell, remind me to sit down, bring me an ice pack…”) for your significant other and write a self-care one for yourself.
- For plane trips and if you have the finances, get a nonstop flight. Lengthy layovers can be grueling. Also on plane trips ask for a seat with extra space and on the aisle to stretch your legs out and for a wheelchair when you land.
- Buy travel insurance that covers your trip if you need to cancel or need medical emergency care.
- Ask for hotel rooms that are handicapped accessible, if needed.
- Be careful of the type of luggage (eg. wheels) you are bringing to be checked in – ask for help with lifting. Bring something on board that will fit under your plane seat.
- Note any changes in time zones and weather zones. Work out when you will take your medications beforehand and how many doses you will need.
- Fill your prescriptions early and take extra with you in case your trip is extended.
- Prepare self to change positions while traveling (eg. walk around the plane, do gentle stretches in the car, get out and walk).
- Sleep patterns will be disturbed while traveling and sleeping in a different bed is hard to adjust to. You can for example bring your own pillow, spray lavender in the room, play music to help you sleep .
- If you have any diet restrictions, plan ahead on what you will need to bring with you. Do not rely on airlines to get it right.
- Contact the hotel or person you will be staying with ahead of time and let them know what you will need (eg. refrigerator in hotel room to store your medicines, ice-packs and food).
- Pack a little bit at a time. Do not overdo it even if you feel well. Pace yourself.
- Forget fashion – bring comfortable clothes and shoes.
- Plan to visit your doctor for a check-up and get a note if needed for travel. See your acupuncturist, massage therapist, biofeedback therapist for treatments and make appointments for when you return – you will need it.
- Rest before you travel and plan several rest days for when you return.
- Bring your heating pad, ice packs, cane and pillows wherever you go and use them. Sometimes it is hard to bring ice packs on board a flight. Be prepared to have them examined and explain your illness.
- Prioritize what you want to see while traveling. Pick one function to attend rather than committing to too many gatherings when visiting friends and family. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY and readjust your plans when needed.
- Ask for help.
- Set limits with family and friends. Practice saying “No” and say “No” when someone asks you to do something that you know will cause you pain. If traveling in a group have a plan when they do an activity that you are not able to do, ex. bring a book, laptop, music, drawing pad, and plan when you will all meet back together.
- Pay extra attention to diet and sleep. Drink plenty of fluids.
- Be prepared for things to go wrong and have a plan.
- Practice guided imagery and breathing techniques before you go on your trip, during and when you return.
- Have a sense of humor!
- Take pictures and buy yourself a special trinket.
- Be aware that holidays can be emotionally difficult for some, and this may reduce your available energy—tolerance levels may decrease.
- Look for miracles large and small.
- Focus on appreciating the small things you are able to do. It’s okay to sit back, listen to music, and watch everyone else go nuts while you enjoy the moment!
- Look closely at old patterns and re-evaluate what you truly “need” to accomplish during this time.
- Reframe having to slow down because of pain as a gift because it provides an opportunity to focus and appreciate what is truly important.
- REMEMBER to say thank-you to your significant other for carrying your luggage and helping you through this journey.
- CONGRATULATE YOURSELF ON TAKING RISKS AND ENJOYING YOURSELF.
HAVE A GREAT TRIP!
- Re-evaluate what worked on your trip and how you can improve your plan on the next one.
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The Pain Connection Live Conference Call is led by Gwenn Herman, LCSW-C (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) and Founder and Executive Director of Pain Connection, a US Pain Foundation program.
Each Call will have a topic dealing with different ways of coping with chronic pain and developing new skills. Participants have the option to discuss the topic or remain silent. Breathing techniques and guided imagery will be taught in the last 15 minutes of each call.
Pain Connection Live is open to people with chronic pain, family members, significant others, health care professionals and concerned individuals. Please respect each person’s right to express their feelings.
Afternoon calls are held on the first Thursday of the month from 1:30 – 2:30 PM EST.
Evening calls are held on the second Thursday of the month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM EST.
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