So You Have COPD And You Want To Travel
The Key To Travelling With COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) Is In The Preparation I have been suffering with COPD for ten years now, with twenty years of Asthma before that. I know what a hard time it is to do any kind of travelling for and that matter, any exercise at all. Your life doesn't have to be one of staying at home; you can still have a somewhat active life if you follow a few precautions.
Maybe you use oxygen or get tired easily and staying at home is easer than travelling or doing any extra movement at all. Getting out of the house is good for your physic and helps promote a healthier attitude. I know, having limited breathe is debilitating and hard to contend with at times. At the very least it's a nuisance but you can function at a reasonable level, if you have a strong will to do so.
Don't become housebound The longer you allow yourself to be cooped up the worse your condition will seem to be. You will become depressed, and your reasoning for living will be questioned and if that's not bad enough, your relationships will suffer. But wait, you don't have to climb Mt. Everest, or run a five K race you only have to get out and take a little trip. Don't dwell on what you used to be able to do and find out what you can do now. you can probably do a lot more than you give yourself credit for.
I know, it is not only a hassle to prepare for travel it can cause an anxiety others may not understand. Remember, although others may be trying to be supportive, they aren't you and it's you who is contributing to your own self-imprisonment. You have to take the first step to overcome your condition and venture into the world. The world hasn't changed, so you're not as capable, so what - do what you can. It's your attitude that keeps you from experiencing life.
I know what you are going through I guess by now you realize I am writing this as much for me as I am for you. I also question my ability to venture out into the world. I can't walk more than a few feet, I no longer can have intimate relations with my spouse or play with my grandchildren but I am not dead yet. My mind is still active and I can still contribute, in a since, so I look for and try to find that which keeps me going.
Now certain oxygen equipment can be brought into airports and pass through security. Some airlines will allow oxygen equipment to be used during the flight so why not take a trip to see the grandkids? If you're like me, I don't require oxygen but I do need a wheel chair if I am to move any distance. Hay they let people in wheel chairs enter the plane first, that's one plus, anyway.
Be upfront with your doctor Before you go you need to ask your doctor a few questions. You probably already know what they are but just in case, here they are.
* How much medication will I need to last me through my trip?
* What if any, over the counter drugs can I use while I travel?
* Will I need extra medication?
* Which rescue inhaler should I take and how often can it be used?
* Should my current oxygen prescription be adjusted for the extra activity?
* Who should I call if I have a problem?
I am sure there are many other questions you have, just write them down so you can ask your doctor before your trip.
It's just a matter of planning ahead. What form of transportation will you be using for your trip? If you're going by plane, check on Airport and Airline regulations before you attempt the trip. If you're going by car, check motels along your route and make arrangements for your stay. Make sure they understand your condition and special requirements. If you're going by train, check beforehand for any regulations that you may encounter which might hamper your travelling success. Make sure they support and are equipped to handle your special needs.
Maybe you need an Attitude Adjustment Before you can attempt any form of travel you must adjust you attitude. Think I can instead of I can't. Make your own decisions, don't let others influence how you experience life. Step out, or at least roll out, and enjoy the pleasures of travel.
It's always good to Stay Well If COPD is your only affliction then use the rest of what you have. Using your eyes and ears won't effect your breathing but they can bring a lot of enjoyment into your life. Using your legs, although limited, helps stimulate the heart and keeps them working to a degree. My legs swell and I can't feel my feet most of the time but I still walk as far as I can. My spouse, God bless her, is my helpmate. If it weren't for her, I would be out of luck. Anyway, buckle up Dubby, and take a ride. So you can't run any more, you probably didn't in the first place. So you can't go bungee jumping or parachuting, you can watch, it's safer on the ground anyway. Hay, you can play a mean video game or write articles of your experiences, see, all is not lost.
Get out and take a trip Ok, so we've established you should take a trip, go on, enjoy yourself, don't let COPD get you down. It may seem like a lot of extra work to travel with COPD but at least you can travel. There are a lot of people who can't. I knew a women who had a stroke at a early age and was in a coma. For fifteen years she could not get out of bed or feed herself or anything. I thank the Lord I only have COPD, I can get out of bed, I can travel, I can be self sufficient for the most part.
Be all you can be, take a trip, see the world, lay in a hot tub, do something, anything but most of all be happy.
About the author:
Donald Yates, Former Director of Business and Leadership Development for Imperial Research, is now retired but continues to assist young people in engaging life through self discovery, Life course planning, intuitiveness and fulfilment.
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