Ya gotta love the occasional reverse psychology post…
- Don’t plan your trip to accommodate your pain. Or plan your trip at all.
Pretend you’re a perfectly healthy college student who can buy a plane ticket and pack a backpack and go–that’ll work! You’ll be away from your home, your doctors, your routines, and your comfort zones while you’re on the road. But that doesn’t mean you need to plan anything in advance–after all, nothing’s likely to go wrong. Really!
- Don’t research your destination.
Everywhere in the country/world is just like your home, so you don’t need to read anything about your destination. You’ll have no problems at all carrying your pain meds, getting the foods you need, etc etc. Right? Oh wait…
- Act rude, nasty, mean, and short-tempered with service workers.
The best way to get someone in the service industry to help you get what you need is to snap at them. Treat service staff at the airport, in the plane, in the hotel, and in restaurants like dirt to make sure they know your status. You’ll get the best service that way.
- Ignore your body’s warning signs.
Starting to feel a little bit of pain? Getting dizzy, nauseous, weak? Ignore it–it’ll go away! You’re having fun, and if you ignore your symptoms you’ll keep on having fun. No worries.
- Pack your meds in your checked luggage.
The flight’s only an hour long, your meds are bulky or heavy or liquid or inconvenient to carry. So pack ’em in your checked luggage. Only 1-5 bags get lost or delayed per flight on average–yours won’t be one of them. Probably.
- Rent yourself a sublet or Air-B-n-B room in a 6th floor walk-up.
You’re in Paris/New York/whatever, and you’ve read Paul Theroux or one of his disciples, and you feel like you couldn’t possibly experience your destination if you stay in a hotel with an elevator and a private bathroom. So you rent yourself a Real Apartment you saw on Craigslist. Great. Now every time you want to rest, you get to walk up seven flights of stairs that were built more than a hundred years ago. You’re going to get a Real Travel Experience that way, for sure.
- Decide not to get the wheelchair at the airport.
You don’t really need it–you can walk! And carry/roll your luggage. And stand in line, shuffling forward with your heavy bags. And walk some more. And stand in another line. And walk some more…
- Let your self-care routines go.
This is vacation–you don’t need to think about your self-care. Don’t bother with regular stretching or exercise, eat whenever and whatever you want, and take your meds when it happens to cross your mind. Your body will love it.
- Don’t take your meds on time (or at all).
This builds on #8, ’cause med schedules don’t count on vacation.
- Don’t plan your trip to accommodate your pain.
Did I mention this one already?