Flying and cant sit

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dreamer06
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   Posted 4/14/2009 11:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I have posted recently on how I have had three surgeries, two of them emergenicies in the last three weeks.  As I am in school and living on my own it has  made it almost impossible to do anything or get better.  I plan on flying back home to my parents next week but am coming up with some difficulty.  I am currently in London, UK and home is Washington State, USA.  about a 14-19 hour flight.  Now I've done this flight before but i cant really sit at the moment let alone for that length of time.  People have mentioned how airlines should be able to provide some support.  If I could get upgraded I think I have a much better chance of making it home.  The only problem is the price.  So if anyone has any specifics on how to get the airlines to be any help to me let me know. 
 
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MMMNAVY
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   Posted 4/14/2009 12:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Did you call the airlines that you will be on and tell them that you have had surgeries and are unable to sit?  They should be able to help you out with your (temporary) disablity.  Tell them that you have to lay down or whatever it is you need to get your thru.


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britt1449
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   Posted 4/14/2009 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   
So glad you are going to be heading home! It will be so helpful for your healing to be around loved ones who support you. I realize it's a long flight, but like MMMNAVY said, the airlines have policies for situations like this. They HAVE to accomodate people with disabilities, according to ADA laws. Good luck and let us know how it goes!
Brittany
 
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Have taken: Cyclosporine, Pentasa/Asacol, Aciphex, Imuran, Sulfasalizine, Cipro & Flagyl, Prednisone, various pain med's, Xanax
 
Surgeries: Appendectomy 2001, Ileocecotomy 2007


FitzyK23
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   Posted 4/14/2009 1:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I know the Quantas website said to call about discounts for patients and caregivers.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I take xanax prn for situational anxiety (aka no easy bathroom access). 


ivy6
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   Posted 4/14/2009 3:43 PM (GMT -7)   
QANTAS, Fitzy, QANTAS. :-)

Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services.

(Sorry, Fitzy, this is just an Australian bugbear. No-one overseas seems to know how to spell it :-) )

Dreamer, this might be a loony suggestion, but might you be more comfortable if you sailed home? At least you'd have a bed and a private bathroom that way. I have no idea what transport costs over there, so maybe it would work out cheaper than an upgraded flight... but then, maybe it wouldn't.

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FitzyK23
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   Posted 4/14/2009 4:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry Ivy. I spelled it how it sounds.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I take xanax prn for situational anxiety (aka no easy bathroom access). 


Ides
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   Posted 4/14/2009 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
My arthritic back makes sitting for any length of time [over an hour] impossible. We flew from Sea-Tac to Copenhagen and the flight was about 9-10 hours. I informed the airline about my difficulties sitting and got an aisle seat and permission to stand for 15 minutes every hour in the back near the galley.

If you tell them you have recently had surgery, I can almost guarantee you that they will require you to get a note from your doctor certifying you are well enough to travel. Also, if you tell them you can only lay down, they won't let you fly unless you get a wildly expensive medical flight.

As far as getting an upgrade to business or first class - notify everyone you and your parents know that you are looking for frequent flyer miles so you can upgrade to make your flight bearable.
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gachrons
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   Posted 4/14/2009 5:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Might I also suggest a doughnut made out of foam with a hole for butt comfort. Hope this helps and wishing you all the best.. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail
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FallColors
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   Posted 4/14/2009 6:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Dreamer!!

I am so glad you are going home!! How I understand you situation! After my abscess sugeries, there was no way I could sit -- at all. It is hard for others to understand unless you have been there. No sitting on pillows or even a reclined chair unless it was totally flat. No sitting even for a fraction of a second. None. Going to doctor appointments were an incredible challenge because I would have to brace myself with my legs so that my butt was totally up and not touching the seat of the car. Couldn't do that for too many minutes until I had to stand. Couldn't stand for more than about 5 minutes either. It really sucked. What also sucked was that the doctor's office had regular chairs. I had to lay on the floor (they finally got a sofa).

I really think this is the right decision. So how to get you there. You need a medical flight or air ambulance. Have you called the Embassy?? They may say call the air ambulence and pay for it yourself but please plead hardship. They may know of charities who can help pay for the air ambulance. I looke at the Embassy's website and they do have links to sir ambulance and what airlines offer. Also, maybe your hospital may have ideas about how to get some or all of the cost paid for. I know this is really really hard, but please don't delay. You could get worse! Pay the money or take a loan from family and get yourself home ASAP!

How are you feeling now?? Are you able to eat? Are you keeping hydrated? How about infection -- do you have a fever? Praying for your helaing and quick flight home!!
Diagnosed with Crohn's in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, and vitamins D and B-12.

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