Airplane trip any advice?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by minkanyrose, May 2, 2007.

  1. minkanyrose

    minkanyrose New Member

    my son who is in the navy called me last night and said mom if I pay for a round trip ticket would you fly to florida to visit me?

    I was excited at the thought to go visit him as I only get to see him once a year as it is. I told him I would love to come visit.

    I have flown before I was diagnoised with FM but that was over 20 years ago. i loved to fly but after I hung up I got to thinking how I would manage the flight.

    I need to know people's experiences with flying and what to expect or take to help make it a comfortable flight. I live in Iowa so I would have to change flights at least once to Chicago or St Louis and carrying to much baggage would not be good but do I need a pillow or something to help keep me comfortable.

    And with new laws what are you able to take with you don't want to get arrested or accused of being a terrorist.

    Not sure when I will go probably sometime in june or July.
    I think my son is conspiring to get me to move down there with him. He and his fiancie are buying a home closing is june or july. He has been asking me if I would move down there with them. He is worried because I am struggling financially and health wise and wants me to live with them so to take the burden off me.

    My youngest daughter just started college last month and my oldest daughter to start with in a year or so and my son wants to make sure I am taken care of.

    Oh well getting a head of my self here. the flight scares me so any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    WISHING ALL A GREAT DAY
    Brenda
  2. jole

    jole Member

    Lucky you! I am thrilled that you have a son looking out for you, and that you have a chance to go to Florida! I loved it there when we went a few years ago on vacation.

    I didn't have any problems with the flight, other than dizziness and feeling like my ear was going to rupture - forgot my chewing gum!!

    The only other thing is the walk in the terminal, but they have wheelchairs and attendants who will push you and your luggage to your designated loading area. Don't be afraid of asking for help if you need it. You do want to get there feeling as good as possible.

    Also, if your flight is early a.m., stay at a nearby motel with shuttle service as they will get you there on time and take care of your luggage to/from the airport. Plus you can keep your car at the motel and not have to worry about it sitting at the airport the entire time. That was a great benefit to us.

    Hope you have a great time....
  3. BobinGermany

    BobinGermany New Member

    Hi Brenda,

    I live in Germany and travel to the US to see family from time to time. If you tell the airline in advance that you need wheelchair support they will have one there for you, take you through security in it, take you to the next plane, etc. You don't have to walk at all. And it does not cost anything. I have had this on several airlines. I have a letter from my doctor requesting it but have never been asked for the letter. The wheelchair support is a life saver for me.

    Hope this helps and God Bless,
    Bob
  4. clerty

    clerty New Member

    and fly home a lot to Scotland this does kill me but
    I love t go home worth it yes a wheel chair is a good idea
    I take more medication so I can sleep for a few hours a 16 hours is a very long flight I love flying so do relax perhaps you can pr book your seat so you can get plenty leg room also drin loads of water and try and move about I get sore a lot !!!

    Clertyx
  5. minkanyrose

    minkanyrose New Member

    that there is wheel chair help and baggage help soooooo looking forward to seeing son and future daughter in law as the last time I saw them was sept 2006, when they came home for a visit.

    I will talk to doctor to get a note stating I need wheel chair assistance as you all know "you don't look sick".

    Thank you for the pointers.I live 20 minutes from airport here so a daughter or son will take me. getting an a.m. flight sounds like good advice to as that is when I feel the best by noon I start wearing down.



  6. naturebaby

    naturebaby New Member

    Hi Bren,
    I'm about to rush off to an appt. so can't post my ideas but this topic has come up quite a few times...try a search for "travel tips" "airline" "plane" "long distance trip" or that kind of thing in the search box on this message board (at the top of this page).

    There have been some really good tips and tricks in these older posts which I hope will help. How nice that your son has arranged this for you...lucky Mom!

    Wishing you well, nature
  7. Juloo

    Juloo Member

    The good thing about the flight is that you've got a break to stretch your legs.

    It is very sweet that your son is thinking of your long-term situation in this way, even though you may not immediately need him.

    The main thing to remember about Florida in June and July is that it is HOT, HOT, HOT! I am in north Florida on the ocean, and it is already predicted to hit the 90-degree mark this week. If you get cold easily, make sure you dress in layers for the flight and that the bottom layer is very light, so that when you arrive, you can take off the heavy layers and be comfortable waiting for your luggage and such. On the other hand, there's lots of air conditioning as well, so having a top layer is a good idea if you're sensitive to that.
  8. confetti11

    confetti11 Member

    I think I have different issues than you may have...as I've posted many times, I mostly have nausea and uneasiness so flying is really hard for me!

    I flew not long ago and the tips I have would be to get a seat over the wing...you'll feel the motion of the plane less there.

    I also get tons of magazines and just constantly flip through them. I do this to distract myself from being trapped on a plane while I'm nauseous, but this may work to distract from pain as well!
  9. clerty

    clerty New Member

    How long will the flight take you wil be fine honest If I can fly for 16 hours then you can fly to florida take a sleeping tablet or a valuim I am not sacared of flying right enough what part are you scared of taking of or landing or it all!!!you will be fine and plenty of people to talk to on the plane.

    Good luck!!!

    Clertyx
  10. BobinGermany

    BobinGermany New Member

    Please be sure to take enough of your medication with you on board to last you for a few days in case your checked baggage gets delayed. I always do that and it paid off one time as the airline lost my baggage and I didn't get it for 4 days. If you take any narcotic meds it may not be a bad idea to get a doctors note for that also. You could probally just photocopy the prescription and be ok. I have never been asked but I always carry one just in case.

    Have a super trip! You will do fine.

    God Bless,
    Bob

  11. Greenbean7

    Greenbean7 New Member

    My main thing is I can't sit with my feet on the floor without my feet going to sleep! Even with the hassles of sitting in an aisle seat I still request one. Then I can stand up and move a little to get the circulation going. As little as 15 minutes of sitting that way puts my feet to sleep.

    Neck pillow is also a good idea so you can sleep without falling over on the guy next to you!

    If you take a water bottle make sure it is one you bought inside of security.

    My DH says this can all be avoided if "you just stay your butt home!"

    Hugzz
    Greenbean

    Choose Joy!
  12. Adl123

    Adl123 New Member

    Dear Brenda,
    How wonderful that you have such a loving and caring family. I congratulate you!

    I just have a few things to think about:
    If you are on oxygen, you might need it for the flight. My Dr. told me not to go above 3500 feet, because there just isn't enough oxygen. The same is true of any oxygen-reduced environment, like a casino or an airplane. Some people have hert attacks afer a flight. I don't know if you have any kind of heart problem or need for extra oxygen.

    Second, if you are offered a flight on a military transport, be aware that the air you breathe will be filled with chemical spray. A friend whose husband was an admiral in the Navy was told this by him.

    Good luck. Have a great time!
    Terry
  13. GranmaBB

    GranmaBB New Member

    I always take all my meds with me in my purse or carry on bag. Also, carry all your jewelry with you as well (if you are taking jewelery).
    Be sure to bring twice as much meds with you that you think you will need, because if you don't go home as planned you will have enough.

    Buy bottled water near the gate so you can drink when you need to and don't have to wait for beverage service on the plane. Bring a snack with you because you won't get any food on the plane.

    Don't worry about the wheelchair service - there are many people who use them today. Just request it to be waiting for you when you make the reservations. And request the wheelchair upon arrival as well.

    Relax and have a great trip!
    ...Bobbi
  14. obrnlc

    obrnlc New Member

    hi brenda--
    the last time i flew to florida, from PA, i used alot of thermacares on my legs to avoid spasms from keeping them in one position. I actually got the "back and hip" ones and wrapped them up and down my leg with an ace, instead of around, so i would have good heat coverage for the trip.
    (they do not set off xray sensors, i asked first) that is my big issue, the leg pain, and this helped alot, although did start to fall once while walking and i had to go into ladies room and rewrap. It was 2002 and not one person found it odd to be wrapping things around my legs at the airports, i thought that was kind of scary, i would have reported it!

    also, if you have compression stockings to prevent blood clots, depending on length of flight and your other risk factors, they are good to wear on planes.
    have a great time--L
  15. minkanyrose

    minkanyrose New Member

    everyone has listed things i never thought of like lost luggage and the meds getting lost. I will deffenatly keep this information handy when I get ready to go.

    I get leg and hip pain alot and beleive it or not sitting indian style feels the best for some reason I know I will not be able to do that so shifting from leg to leg is what I will have to do.

    I do get cold easy so the layers idea is a good reminder for me. I love hot hot weather i feel the best when the temp is 80 or more cold gets me really bad even the 70's.
    immagine that living in iowa with the weather changes.

    great information everyone thank you and I will look for more that I don't think of. I will have this to refer to.

    Thank you all
    wishing you a great day
    Brenda
  16. Catseye

    Catseye Member

    You don't need a doctor's note for the wheelchair request. Just call the airline and request it and then when you get there tell any airport employee as soon as you walk in the airport that you have requested wheelchair service and with what airline. They will have someone pick you right up and wheel you to the front of every security checkpoint and ticket line. It's great.

    You may want some earplugs for the flight. The times I flew when I wasn't feeling particularly good with cfs were always easier to take with earplugs. I got real sensitive to loud noises with cfs; the engine noise on the plane had never bothered me before. And try to bring your own healthy snacks on the plane, too, of course.

    happy trails!

    karen
  17. SpiroSpero

    SpiroSpero New Member

    Does anyone have tips on what to take in order to avoid nausea? I never had problems with that but since I have CFS I start to get this sick feeling very fast as soon as we get into some turbulences. I have to fight so hard to not throw up (sometimes I have to which is disgusting for me and the others) I just hate it and I pray everytime that the flight will be smooth.

    Greets

    Manuel
  18. Chilene

    Chilene New Member

    i bet you've heard each one of these suggestions already, but i'll mention what helped me. (lots i got from this board when i traveled).

    (and boy, was flying with cfs/fibro different than when i was healthy!)

    for me:

    -avoid the very small planes (the air was so thin/bad i nearly passed out; literally). the Airbus seemed to be ok.

    -i request the "Exit Row" area seating (reserved for disabled folks)--if this is still available (though when i confirmed, they'd forgotten; check twice)--my legs cramp up with little leg room with regular seating. if no room left in Exit Row, request an aisle seat (stretch often; indian style sitting-- lifting the meal tray-- may work; tight though!)

    -definitely ask for wheelchair assistance (i was too stubborn before and paid for it physically once). confirm wheelchair day of flight.

    -not sure what water/container rules are now, but drink/take lots of water (don't worry, the bathroom trips will be good for stretching!). i also ate SMALL amounts to conserve energy.

    -YES to bringing a jacket and/or sweater on the plane (it gets way too cold for me).

    -try to pack/shop little by little (i always blow this part!)--it all catches up later.

    -check as much heavy stuff as possible! (lugging anything extra is tiring). by the way, i also have herniated discs and had to ask strangers to lift my luggage where it is checked (airlines employees told me they were not allowed to lift it for me; a rule!!!). there ARE still some kind strangers;)

    -fun magazines/etc.!

    do have fun! let us know how it goes! hugs!;)

    Helene
  19. minkanyrose

    minkanyrose New Member

    I for got to mention that I will be going to florida georgia border. My son called again last night (wed) and said the offer on the house he is buying went through so will most likely go in july. he wants me to see his new house.

    while reading through these I am making a list of needed things to carry on with me magizines and ear plugs and notes on where to sit. I am so forget full have to keep a list available.

    you guys are so great. Thank you.
    hoping you have a great day
    Brenda
  20. Greenbean7

    Greenbean7 New Member

    With the meds I take it isn't safe to take Dramamine or other nausea meds.

    I get nausious (I still can't spell that!!) every time I fly. What I've found that works for me is sour hard candy. Lemon drops, sour flavored Life Savers, stuff like that. For some reason it settles my stomach and, of course, doesn't make me sleepy.

    It won't take all of the queasiness (can't spell that one either) but it definately helps for me.

    Hugzz
    Greenbean

    Choose joy!