This post answers Jerry’s question, asked on Facebook in response to the contest I’m running.
I leave a 6am from San Jose and have a one hour layover in Chicago the arrive Cleveland at 4:45pm. Any suggestions on how to stay comfortable with my fibro on the trip?
Step 1: Before you leave, eat, drink, and be comfortable. Click this link for a post I wrote last year about the things I do before I leave on any plane trip.
Step 2: Give yourself plenty of time in San Jose. Plan to arrive at SJC at least 90 minutes before your flight time. Here are a bunch of other tips for staying comfortable in the airport.
Step 3: Get a wheelchair to take you from curbside all the way to the door of the plane. Note to my other readers: I know Jerry personally, and this particular bit of advice is based on that knowledge. You may not need a chair at all; you may need it only from the counter to the gate–do what’s best for you regarding the wheelchair.
Here’s a bunch of other advice for the at-the-first-airport portion of your trip.
Step 4: Take good care of yourself while on the plane. Like this.
Step 5: In Chicago, use a wheelchair to get to the gate for your flight to Cleveland. Here’s my advice about what else to do on a layover, although most of these ideas work better when your layover is two or more hours long.
Next time you fly, try like mad to avoid 1 hour layovers. I know it’s too late this time, but next time try for at least two hours. Especially if you’re laying over in an airport as massive as Chicago.
Step 6: Keep taking good care of yourself in-flight.
Step 7: Ease off the plane slowly. There’s no cash prize for being the first one to make it to baggage claim. Usually I chill out and let most of the other passengers get off the plane before me. That way I’m not crushed by other people, I can walk as slowly as I need to, and I can get help with my carry-on without pissing off the rest of the passengers.
Step 8: Remember to take care of yourself after you leave the airport. Here’s some advice about what to do once you’re back on solid ground.
Have a great flight, Jerry!