Australia + fibro, hmmmm

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myjoy
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   Posted 6/26/2010 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
 
I just found out that my husband will be going on a business trip to Australia, and I get to go along. His boss is being extremely generous. Anyway, does anyone know how many hours it is to fly from the midwest in the states to Australia? I assume it's 15+ hours. This trip is supposed to happen in August. How will I be able to take this with my fibro? Am I nuts to consider going? I don't work outside my home, so I can sleep for a week after I get back. Has anyone here gone on a flight this long with fibro? I would love some pointers as to how to make this work for me.
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   Posted 6/26/2010 7:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Myjoy,

First of all, try to be optimistic about this. This would be a dream of a lifetime for me. Are you use to flying? If so, you should be able to do this. I would suggest getting up and stretching your legs whenever you can. I have never been on a long flight so I am not any help there. And I am sure that there are others going to come on and give you some suggestions. But most of all try to look at the good side of this. Don't worry about it because that is going to make your fibro worse. I am jsut saying that I am happy for you and I hope that you have a wonderful time.

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myjoy
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   Posted 6/26/2010 7:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Karen. I do feel very fortunate to be able to go. It's been a couple of years since I last went on a flight. But it was a short one to St Louis. I've never flown for more than 5 hours - and that was before I got fibro. Really....I'm very excited, and have decided to go. I want to live my life in spite of the fibro. I figure I can be in pain and sleep when I get home. :)
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   Posted 6/26/2010 7:16 PM (GMT -7)   
That is great that you are going. You can sleep part of the flight too. I am really excited for you!!!

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Chutz
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   Posted 6/26/2010 11:31 PM (GMT -7)   
This is great news!! From what I've been reading you are going to be in the air somewhere around 18 hours, add time for layovers possibly in LA.

And I agree with Karen! Look on the bright side of things. If we begin to worry about how miserable we might be then we likely will be even more so. Plan ahead. Take along any medications and devices (heat pads, small pillow..whatever makes you more comfortable), remember a note from your doc for anything prescribed or medically necessary. Check out the accommodations and see if there are things like a hot tub or similar available. What a delight! I'd fly to Australia for a week of lounging and sitting in the hot tub any time I want. ;-) Ya, fibro can sure be miserable but focus on the FUN! and the fact that you and hubby are on a second honeymoon. <wink, wink>

Get online and email the chamber of commerce in the area you are going. Ask them to send you brochures on what's in the area. Get yourself to your local library and check out lots of great books on Australia...make sure they have tons of pictures in the. ...lol Plan for a trip of a lifetime!

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harrington49
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   Posted 6/27/2010 6:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Myjoy

I was just surfing the forum and came across you post and felt I had to add my 2 cents worth. I am actually in Australia, about 4 hours north of Sydney but I am from Sydney originally. I'm not sure exactly where you are coming to.

The one thing you have to remember is that it is winter here, can be pretty cold and August is known as the 'windy month' to us. So make sure you pack warm clothes and a coat.

The flight from LA is 14 hours, pretty long, but like Karen said, get up and stretch your legs by walking around the plane, everyone does it so you won't be alone. Drink plenty of water and keep hydrated - don't drink alcohol. They have blankets and pillows on the plane, take your meds that you will need with you in your carry on luggage.

If you are well enough, and you're going to be in Sydney, you have to do the Harbour Bridge Climb. It is safe and your escorted and have safety gear etc. I haven't done it myself but I believe it is the best part of the holiday. You will find the shopping pretty good, especially because the greenback is worth around about $1.14 to our Aussie dollar. The trip to Manly on the ferry is pretty good as we do have the most beautiful harbour in the world.

If you're going to Queensland then the weather is completely different and I suggest you get on the net and google Queensland. If you're going to Melbourne, the shopping is even better but the weather is usually cold and wet in winter, a bit gloomy.

I hope you have a fabulous time and look after yourself.
Harrington49


crazykitty
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   Posted 6/27/2010 7:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Myjoy, jump at the opportunity, how exciting...think of all the fun you will have. I
am happy for you! You must be so excited, so much to see and explore! You will have
such a memorable trip. You will do fine, pace yourself and relax, but more importantly,
have fun!!!!

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myjoy
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   Posted 6/27/2010 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone! These are the responses I was hoping for. I am very excited - but thought maybe all of you would think I was crazy for doing this with fibro. Anyway - we will be in Queensland, I believe, the entire trip. Harrington - thanks for the tips about your country....but you said Queensland has a different kind of weather? What do you mean - I hope you mean it's warmer there. :o)
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Sherrine
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   Posted 6/27/2010 10:23 AM (GMT -7)   
MyJoy, I haven't been to Australia but I have flown from Florida to Rome and also from Florida to Frankfurt, Germany.  Those flights are nearly as long and I didn't have any problems.
 
Drink plenty of fluids and print out the Gentle Stretching Exercises in Fibro 101.  Those were developed for long airline trips.  Also, get up at least every couple of hours and walk up and down the aisles.  I never can sleep on a flight so I would walk around while everyone was sleeping and I got to know the stewardesses pretty well!  LOL
 
Don't worry about the fibro.  The worry just causes stress.  You are young and can do this.  When I went to Rome, from the time I left my house until I landed in Rome, I had been up 29 hours.  Then, when we arrived, the tour guide was there and the tour started!  I was tired but had a wonderful day.  By the time I got to bed, I had been awake for 43 hours....also in the same clothes, too!   shocked   Trust me.  I had no problem falling asleep that night!  Your adrenalin kicks in and you just enjoy your time.  I just made sure to remember to take my meds at the right time.
 
I'm really excited for you.  Australia is a gorgeous country.  Wish I had been able to go there.  Have a terrific trip and let us know about the fun you had.
 
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harrington49
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   Posted 6/27/2010 5:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi MyJoy

Yes Queensland is warmer, depending on where you are going. Brisbane, I think you will still need a coat but if you are going up further north, it does get warmer, inland is colder because of the mountains. Queensland is known as the Sunshine State, just google Queensland and the first one that comes up is the travel advice site, it is the official site and should tell you just about everything you want to know.

Good luck and have a great time.
Harrington49


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   Posted 6/27/2010 6:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't help with any details but have a good time!!!
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myjoy
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   Posted 6/28/2010 4:54 AM (GMT -7)   
harrington.....we will be a little south of Brisbane. Pretty close to the coast, I think.
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harrington49
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   Posted 6/29/2010 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi MyJoy

It sounds like you are going to the Gold Coast, it can be a little cool there and you might need a coat at night but probably not through the day. You should have a great time, there's a casino there if you're interested and lots and lots and lots of beautiful coastline and shopping and funparks, so have a great time. I would probably take three quarter sleeve tops.

Have a great holiday, I'm sure you will.
Harrington49


MT Lady
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   Posted 6/29/2010 7:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I have fibro and we flew from Chicago to LA, and then onto New Zealand. My son married an awesome Kiwi (New Zealander) and the wedding was there in her hometown. The flight is over 4 hours from Chicago to LA, then change of planes and with time change, it was FOREVER! Okay, just kidding, but you do cross the international dateline so going there, you actually skip a day. We left here on a Saturday afternoon and arrived in NZ on Monday! That Sunday was Easter so we completely missed the holiday! Very strange... in any case, it was ten years ago, but I don't remember the flight really causing me a flare. I think the excitement of it all got me through it. We then traveled, by car through the north island of NZ for one week and that I think was harder on me, pain wise, than the flight. Alcohol was free and flowing! - NZ wine...really lovely! and I think that helped me to sleep!

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myjoy
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   Posted 6/30/2010 7:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, harrington and MT Lady - all very helpful stuff! I can't wait for my trip!

Harrington - I just ordered a new 3/4 length sleeve shirt/tunic with a really cool patten on it. Hope I fit in!
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steppingstone
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   Posted 6/30/2010 11:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Myjoy, what a wonderful opportunity! I don't have any additional advice, but hope you have a great vacation!

kathydownunder
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   Posted 7/2/2010 6:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Myjoy,
Today the Gold Coast is expected to be around 18 degrees celcus that is around 60 degrees for you. The nights will be colder. As for things to see and do go to google and look up the Queensland tourist web site. They will have a lot of information for you, I work [volenteer] in one of our local tourist information centres and we are here to make things easier for you. I live about 4 hours drive north of the Gold Coast. I hope you have a great time, If I can help at all just contact me.

Kathy

myjoy
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   Posted 7/2/2010 7:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much, Kathy! :)
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TheChickenPrincess
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   Posted 7/2/2010 10:21 PM (GMT -7)   
You might want to check if your flight will stop in Hawaii or Singapore, or both. I had a client about 15 years ago who lives near Sydney - and I'm in the midwest. When he traveled back and forth, he said they'd have stops in either of those two places. I was just wondering, if your timing is flexible for this trip, possibly you could add a day in either of these two cities to break up that ultra long flight?

A nurse practitioner once told me that if you have to do a long flight, but can't get out of your seat very easily, make sure you do little exercises for your arms and legs while in your seat. Pick up each foot and rotate it - wiggle your toes - try to move your legs up and down - etc. Keep the circulation going. Very important for anyone - fibro or not.

What a lovely opportunity - and you get to go with your hubby. I hope it is fantastic! I'm a coward about doing anything anymore - but if I had a hubby to go with me as you do, I'd feel so at ease. You'll be fine. :)
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