Summer is over, and the weather is changing rapidly.
When you are suffering with a chronic pain condition it means the battle with the heat may have ended for now, but a new battle emerges, the cold.
Unless you are lucky enough to live in a warm climate all year round, the change of seasons when you suffer with chronic pain can be something else to add to the list of things you are trying to cope with and overcome on a daily basis.
So, have you considered escaping to get some winter sun? Perhaps a warmer climate will make your symptoms more manageable and some extra daylight will help your mood? It all makes complete sense until the thought of leaving your house; your life, to go somewhere unknown fills you with dread.
It can be done. We have seen it and clients tell us it has done wonders for them and given them a little respite from their constant pain. An escape of sorts, a tantalizing prospect of better sleep, even if only a little better, perhaps less reliance on medication and a feeling of change.
There are a lot of things to consider and rightly so, you want the best experience at the airport, tailored to your needs, a flight that can ensure you are comfortable and a hotel where nothing is too much trouble.
1. The Location
Find somewhere you would like to visit. Ensure you are comfortable with the environment, getting around, slopes, hills, rocky ground can prove challenging. Is the temperature steady and will you have access to transport when needed?
2. The Flight
Once decided and you are good to fly medically (might be worth checking) find a flight and an airport who can get you there safely and with limited disruption. Is assistance available to get you from check in (unless doing this online of course) to the gate, then gate to plane? You can be taxied inside the airport, taken by wheel chair, you and your luggage can be boarded first or last. Upgrades for leg room are available and on long haul access to better toilet facilities in first class. A list of airlines and what they can offer is in the link at the foot of this article.
3. The Hotel
It is essential to check the room you book is on the ground level, unless you can manage the lift. Check the facilities, adapted rooms are larger they have additional facilities in the bathroom and normally space for family or a carer to sleep. Interconnecting rooms may be an option. Check any hotel you select on Trip advisor, see what other people are saying, call them to ask what they can do and see how you feel they respond when asked about this.
You may benefit from a room away from noise and vibration, but close for you to get to and from the main entrance. You may require more frequent sheet changes, towels and help getting a taxi if you venture away from the hotel. Check you are happy with the air conditioning available and that you can regulate the temperature.
4. The Luggage
Check how much you can take with you. Find out the cost and how you will manage getting your luggage to your destination. Make a list of your creature comforts, what you need on the plane, in the room, what you can buy over there. If you have all of the things you need you will be happier to be away from home.
5. The Insurance
It is important to consider insurance. Ring around; ask on any forums you are a member of. Insurance can be for so many things from cancelled holidays, lost luggage to needing medical assistance. Find out what is right for you and your needs, and if you think you need medical clearance have a chat with your doctor before you book anything.
There is a lot to consider when travelling, you may travel with family or arrange for support when you arrive. With so much that can be done online and via an app it is good to know there are options.
Check out this link below for any further assistance when flying and resources. https://www.purpleparking.com/travel-advice/preparing-for-your-trip/air-travel-for-disabled-or-reduced-mobility-passengers
At Goughs we specialise in claims resulting in chronic pain conditions, including CRPS, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome. Find out more about our specialist areas here https://www.goughs.co.uk/site/individuals/pi/chronic_pain/
As a result we have developed a thorough and unparalleled understanding of the debilitating effects that these conditions can have on a sufferer, which allows us to achieve the very best results for our clients.
We utilise our specialist knowledge of chronic pain conditions and form close relationships with other experts in this field to secure interim payments for our clients, not only to ease their financial burden, but also to fund vital treatments to help our clients towards recovery.
We will travel to meet you anywhere in England and Wales to discuss your claim and offer a free and highly confidential initial consultation to make your life as easy as possible.
We also offer a no win, no fee agreement.
We listen, we advise, we are here for you.