Next week I’m off to Ireland. I’ve never been to Ireland before, so everything will be new and different and shiny.
Here’s how I’ve planned around my pain so far.
I’ll do all the right stuff to make the long flight more tolerable, including:
- Get to the airport ~3 hours before my flight leaves.
- Use the wheelchair service
- Bring my own food
- Bring my neck pillow
- Do in-seat stretching exercises
- Get up every hour and walk the length of the cabin and back at least once
- Stay hydrated
- Relax when disembarking–the prize for the “race” to the baggage carousel is to wait 20-30 minutes for the luggage to appear, and I don’t want to win that prize
All my hotel rooms are booked. Because I’m traveling on my parents’ budget rather than my own, they are nice hotels. Which means working elevators, other people carrying the bags, soft comfy beds, bathtubs, and room service. It’s not politically correct to say so, but rubbing money on the pain really does help.
On the ground transport
In Dublin, we’ll be walking and taking public transit. Because it’s a big touristy city, I know I can catch cabs if I need them. I also know that if I’m having an iffy day, I won’t stray too far from the hotel.
We’re hiring a car and driver for the longer hauls and our time out beyond Dublin. The ‘cars’ will actually be minivans, which means I’ll have a place to lie down if I need it.
I’ll be refilling all my prescriptions before I leave. None of my current meds are restricted in the EU. All meds will still be in my carry-on, in their original (labeled) bottles.
Ireland is a civilized country that sells codeine-based painkillers over the counter in pharmacies. I will likely take advantage of said civility.
I’ll be getting in touch with my bank early next week to inform them of the trip. These days, you want to do that, so they don’t suspend your account (for suspected fraud) when you suddenly start making charges in another country.
Yup, that’s a lot of planning. But every practical thing I take care of at home makes it easier for me to relax and enjoy