Thursday, January 22, 2015

How to Travel with Mesothelioma or other chronic disease

Previously on Yahoo Voices... With advance planning, travel with mesothelioma or for other medical reasons or vacation may be possible. If you haven't already done so it's important to find out all you can about the illness. WebMD describes mesothelioma as a disease where the cancer cells attack the lining of the chest or abdomen.

Per WebMD Some of the Mesothelioma symptoms include:

Shortness of breath
Lumps in the abdomen
Pain under the rib cage
Unexplained weight loss

I've found that advance planning and flexibility crucial for anyone who is going to travel with a chronic disease. Everyone on the trip should expect there to be adjustments to plans for both small and large activities. It can greatly relieve the stress to keep a loose schedule instead of having to strictly adhere to a packed itinerary.

It is normal for anyone who is going to travel with mesothelioma, copd, asthma or other health challenges to tire more easily than other family members. Frequent rest breaks should be factored into any vacation plans. Breaks should include bathroom facilities and a place to walk for a few minutes.

Trip planning should begin with a the doctor, ask for suggestions on the ctivities that can safely be undertaken and for vacation destination ideas. People who have the disease probably should not plan to travel alone. Having friends and family along can not add to the fun, but the can be invaluable in the event of an emergency. A care plan should be developed and shared with others on the trip.

 Depending on the stage of progression, some people with mesothelioma may be restricted to car travel. Use of a scooter or wheelchair on excursions may be suggested. A doctor can provide a prescription or help make arrangements for any equipment that may be needed while on vacation.

Plan to get handwritten copies of any prescriptions and get information on any restrictions that are to be followed. It may also be helpful to get a letter from the doctor for travel with mesothelioma that includes the current treatment plan, medications and contact information for the practice.

It may be helpful to apply for a special parking permit for your vehicle. Be sure to bring any needed paperwork with you. If you are traveling for medical reasons a list of mesothelioma travel and lodging sites may be helpful.

The writer of this article has experience in traveling with chronic illness for medial and pleasure trips. However, I am not in the health care field.

Always consult with your doctor before you travel with mesothelioma or any health challenge. He or she is the person who is the most qualified to give the best advice on any vacation or getaway.

Once armed with this information you can now plan your destination. Travel with mesothelioma, for pleasure or medical reasons can often be done successfully if you take a relaxed pace and plan accordingly.