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tiaeight
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   Posted 5/19/2008 10:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I have to travel next week.  By plane.  We've talked about it before but now it is here.  Please tell me how "not" to get an attack on the plane.  I take Lexapro and Toparol.  I also have Zoloft.  Any words of wisdom would be great.
 
Thank you so much
 
Lynda
 

nervymeg
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   Posted 5/20/2008 1:43 AM (GMT -7)   

Lynda, ahh plane travel...how not to panic?!!! It sounds to me like you are prepared, do take those meds, but I find it useful to take a relaxation tape with me so that I can block out what is going on (and pretend I am anywhere else). 

Do you have any breathing techniques or tapes that help you out? I would take as much arsenal with you, books, dvd's etc that will distract you.  Remember, even if you have an anxiety attack, (that sounds negative doesn't it?) it will pass and you will get where you need to be.  I wish you all the best, please let us know how you are doing okay?


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jordaNZone
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   Posted 5/20/2008 1:43 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi there tiamarie..

Well this has been a major one for me..took me quite some time before I could get on a jolly plane believe me eyes !

This is how I manage (everyone will have a different view I am sure)...I don't like looking down from up above so I try not to have a window seat, Idle chatter to anyone who will listen, Pretend to be in the 4WD on a bumpy journey, Electronic games are good distractions but most important concentrate on your breathing and you will be fine I am sure :-)

Sista J.


 
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wen4003
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   Posted 5/20/2008 4:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Tiamarie,
 
You've gotten some great advice from Meg snd Sista J.  I agree that having as many distractions with you as possible should be a big help to you.  Just try to keep yourself occupied and if there is something that you normally do tht you can get "lost" in, that may be a great source for you (like reading or listening to music).  My best wishes to you and have a safe trip.
 
Take care,
Wen

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stkitt
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   Posted 5/20/2008 7:53 AM (GMT -7)   

Tia,
I agree with the wise members that have already posted........stay in the moment.  Don't get caught up in the what ifs?  Just get on the plane and know you will be ok. 

Remember it is ok to get out of your seat to stretch or just walk a bit down the aisle and back.

Have a good trip and hugs to you.

Kitt


 
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percycat
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   Posted 5/20/2008 10:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Tiamarie,

I think there were some web sites listed in the resources here about dealing with anxiety about flying. At any rate, I have two such sites in my bookmarks. Mind you, I haven't read them yet, so I can't say whether they're worthwhile or not.

One is called GetOnThatPlane (http://www.getonthatplane.com/) and seems to be a support forum for folks with fears and concerns of all types about flying.

The other one touts itself as a free online fear of flying course (http://www.fearofflyinghelp.com/) designed by an actual pilot. I clicked the enrollment links just far enough to see that it does really seem to be free. Mods, if this one's a no-no (or the other one for that matter), please yank the link.

Good luck, Tiamarie!

percycat

tiaeight
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   Posted 5/25/2008 1:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you everyone. We fly on Thursday!!!! I'll check back in!

tiaeight
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   Posted 5/25/2008 2:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Percycat...The second website that you listed is awesome.  If you haven't had a chance to watch it, you should.  It also makes scense about life in general.  Thank you

tiaeight
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   Posted 5/31/2008 12:17 AM (GMT -7)   
As soon as I got to the airport in Moline, Il, I started getting real nervous.  When we passed through security, it was worse.  OMG...I was shaking so  bad that I told my wife that I didn't want to do this.  I kept thinking of the doors closing, and having no where to go.  I was stuck in mid air.  She made me get on the plane.  I put my head in her lap and breathed deeply.  We flew from Moline, Il, to Chicago Ohare...to Dallaws Ft Worth, to El Paso.  Here I am talking about it!!!  Thank you everyone.  I so wanted to just freak out on run off of the plane.  My wife just held my hand and talked to me!!!  Yeah!  One more step!

tiaeight
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   Posted 5/31/2008 12:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I did watch it and it is great!!! I watched it over and over. If someone does or does not have PAD, this is a great film!!!

jordaNZone
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   Posted 5/31/2008 1:43 AM (GMT -7)   

Well done..I am sooo proud of you :-) I know from experience just how Brave you are!

Sista J.


 
  •  'Raindrops on roses..'
  •  'Peace of mind will come to us when we are happy with 'not knowing'...
  •  'No more stinkin thinkin...'
  •  'It's not how we survive the storm..But how we Dance in the Rain..'
 
 
 
 
 
 


percycat
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   Posted 5/31/2008 4:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Bravo, bravo, BRAVO! I am so proud of you! Not just one flight, but three! Wheeeeeeee!

Congratulations on a massive success!

Hugs,
percycat

PS - Was it the second web site that you watched over and over? I'll definitely have to check it out before my next go-round!

tiaeight
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   Posted 5/31/2008 10:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, it was the second and it was great!  Fly back tomorrow.  Not 3 flights, only 2.  Just want to get home.  I don't think that I could have made it with out everyone in this room.  Thank you soo much everyone!!!

percycat
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   Posted 6/1/2008 5:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Tiamarie,

Good luck on that flight tomorrow. I hope that making it through the outbound trip successfully gives you a little more confidence and comfort in facing the return.

One distraction I kind of enjoy when flying with friends is to take out the catalog in the seatback pocket (Sky Mall, or whatever it's called) and compete in finding the most ridiculous item they have for sale in it. It doesn't take up much time, but it certainly gets my mind thinking about things other than flying. Since you're flying with your wife, maybe you could compete in finding something that would be most ridiculous in your house or your lifestyle.

We'll be thinking and praying for you tomorrow!

Hugs,
percycat

wen4003
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   Posted 6/1/2008 10:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Tiamarie,
 
Congratulations on your HUGE success!!  That was awesome how you handled it - you were a nervous wreck but you got through it.  I know you will be able to do the same thing going home and with only two flights this time.  Good luck and let us know when you get home how things went.
 
Take care,
Wen

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I am not a medical professional, any advice give is purely from personal experience.

Always seek professional advice from your doctor.

Dx: Agoraphobia, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Barrett's Esophagus, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Essential Tremors, Fibromyalgia, I.B.S., Mitral Valve Prolapse, Narcolepsy, PTSD, Restless Leg Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Sleep Apnea

Rx: Abilify, Flexeril, Lamictal, Neurontin, Nexium, Requip, Ritalin LA, Rozerem, Valium

 “Be a good listener.  Your ears will never get you into trouble.” - Frank Tyger


tiaeight
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   Posted 6/2/2008 9:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Percycat..Thank you. The second link is what brought me through. I honestly did not want to fly. I hated the entire idea. I was afraid and knew that I was going to be in the middle of who knows where, without medical attention available our my home, which seems to be my blanket.. I think knowing that I was not going to die up there, and that my feelings were trying to over take me, helped alot. I'm home now. I have to fly without my partner next week but I really think I'll be alright. Thank you everyone and I hope you websites help others. Because it also helped me with other issues in my life!

percycat
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   Posted 6/3/2008 3:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow! That is fabulous! I'm so glad it helped and that you feel some confidence about flying again next week.

Lots of poker chips for you in our poker chip thread!

percycat

Howlyncat
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   Posted 6/3/2008 4:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Totally agree with Wen and Percycat


YOU have come so far my friend
We have supported you yes,......But
YOU DID IT with your partner at side
Could we perhaps have WEN put that in her Resources at top in yellow.I know she wouldd do it if asked to make sure others can go directly to that link to get the support and info there

Thanks and I am really and truly proud of you

LOTTTTSAAAAA poker chips in your game in that thread

Luvs
LYN
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stkitt
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   Posted 6/3/2008 5:59 AM (GMT -7)   

You have earned your wings...........whooooooo hooooooooooo.  Next thing you will be wanting to be the pilot.  yeah yeah yeah .

So very proud of you and as the others have said, you have come a long way.  Do pop into the Poker Chip Line and bring a wheel barrel to collect your chips.

Hugs
Kitt


 

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FitzyK23
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   Posted 6/4/2008 6:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Percycat!!! I posted those sites awhile back. I LOVE THEM. It is the only way I got through my flights. I am NOT a good flier but am much less afraid after I found those websites. I recommend them to everyone.

percycat
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   Posted 6/4/2008 8:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Fitzy,

Thanks! I had bookmarked them, but couldn't remember where they came from. I have yet to read them myself (haven't had to fly in ages), but with your and tiamarie's recommendations, I'll be sure to do it.

Thanks!

percycat
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