by: Rachel Brummert
With the holiday season fast approaching, many people will be making travel plans to be with family or friends. Travel can be difficult with chronic illness so it is important to plan ahead if you are able to travel. Quinolone Vigilance Foundation would like to share some traveling tips:
Choose your destination carefully. Climate change can negatively
affect someone with Fluoroquinolone Toxicity. The altitude in airplane
travel can also negatively affect someone who is chronically ill so
make sure you get medical clearance.
When buying your tickets, make sure the dates are flexible. You never
know how you will feel from day to day. Check the Terms and
Conditions, and the fine print for travel insurance. Some pre-existing
conditions may be excluded.
- 3. Check
with the airline, train station, or bus station to see if they have a
Meet & Assist program. Here in New Jersey at Liberty International
it is handled through the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).
A representative of the airline , train station, or bus station will
meet your flight, train, or bus, provide a wheelchair, and wheel you
where you need to go. You will need to fill out a medical form called a
Passenger Medical Information Form (MEDIF). These are available
through travel agencies and through the medical department of airlines
and transportation stations. Also have your doctor write up a letter
for the airline if you require extra fluids and medications on board.
- 4. Schedule days of rest into your trip. Overdoing it one day can mean feeling poorly the next day and longer.
Take the original pill bottles with instructions with you. Airlines
generally don't like when pills are in pill boxes. They need to be able
to identify the medications or they will have to dispose of them.
- 6. Keep a list of your medications and doctors, and inquire about what medical services are available at your destination.
If you're traveling internationally, Google-translate a brief history
of your medical issues into the language of your destination.
Pack snacks or prepared meals that suit your dietary restrictions.
Many people with Fluoroquinolone Toxicity have food sensitivities. When
you are traveling, it can be challenging eating meals on time for
- 9. If you require
assistance with feeding, lifting, or medication administration, you
will need an escort or travel companion. Airline hostesses cannot
assist passengers in these matters.
If you are visiting an attraction during your travels, check ahead of
time to see what is handicapped accessible and whether canes with
portable seating is permitted. Keep a copy of the letter from your
doctor in case you run into a problem with an employee that may not
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