Last week I went on an adventure, one which involved a passport and long 8-9 hour flights over “the pond.” I traveled from Virginia to Switzerland for a meeting involving other MS patients. During this travel some of the things I was concerned about were fatigue and spasticity, both problems related to my MS.
The welcome dinner for the event did not take place until Sunday evening, but I boarded a plane Thursday to arrive Friday morning. The reason I traveled a couple of days early was to get adjusted to the time difference and to recover from the exhaustion of travel. Plus I wanted to see just a bit of the area.
An ‘overnight’ flight sounds like a great way to sleep on the way over; however, leaving at 6pm from the US and arriving at 8am (in a time zone which is 6 hours ahead of home) is like waking up around 1am on the plane to eat ‘breakfast’ and begin a full day ahead. I don’t know about you, but I don’t exactly function well on only a few hours of sleep (assuming I was even able to fall asleep and stay asleep on the plane).
Read this post in its entirety:
Taking MS On the Road: International Travel, Spasticity, and Hot Baths
Personal note: I was extremely fortunate to be able to find a way to deal with these MS-related issues. Not everybody is so lucky all of the time. Perhaps due to sheer will or the new medication I'm using (Rituxan), who knows, but I seem to have fully recovered from the trip without much residual effect.
I am very ready for next week's Rituxan infusion since my RA has started to act up again and my joints are feeling the effects. I've become a cranky RA person again. I'm told that some patients report even greater benefit after the 2nd and 3rd rounds of medication. That would be awesome, and maybe I will achieve as close to remission as is possible with my rheumatoid arthritis. That would be very cool.
Next week I've got another story related to my recent trip. This one, however, involves a bathroom, soaked underwear, and going commando. You can probably figure this one out ahead of time. ;)