I don't like to fly. Even before my CD, it made me anxious. But I do like to travel so...Catch 22. I've only flown for fun a couple of times. Most of the flights I've been on have been work-related. But even then, I would guess I've flown less than 10 times in my life. So I'm not a frequent flyer.
Last week (work related) I flew for the first time since going into my first major flare. I downed a bunch of anti-D before getting on the plane. I did OK but it was just a 2 hour flight. But the whole time I was anxious about "what if" I have an urgent spell and needed to get to the bathroom?
I worried about that trip for 2 MONTHS. Which, of course, the stress of the worrying just made my CD symptoms worse. When I got back to work I found out they want me to attend another conference 2 months from now. Ugh!!! In this economic time, I don't really want to say NO...and the part of my brain that pretends I DON'T have CD really wants to go because it's a place I've never been before so I'd like to take advantage of my company sending me and spend a few extra days while there playing. But I'll have to fly again and this time it'll be a 5 hour flight.
So my questions for you guys:
Are any of you frequent flyers and how do you handle the bathroom situation if your symptoms kick in 35,000 feet in the air? I don't know what "the rules" are about
getting up to go to the bathroom. I know you're not suppose to get up during the beverage service or whatever but umm....what if you REALLY have to go? If before or during a flight I start to KNOW I'm going to have a spell, should I tell a flight attendant my situation? She I tell someone BEFORE boarding? And what are the bathrooms like on a plane?! I've never been daring enough to go in one. I know that sounds stupid but I'm claustrophobic and I guess I always think about
airplane bathrooms as small tin cans. I wonder what the lock is like. OMG...see? I worry about
every little detail!
Diagnosed in October, 2004 at age 32 (misdiagnosed with IBS in 2002)
Current Rx's: Imuran; Colazal; Librax; multivitamin; Probiotic; Omega-3 Fish Oil; V-D; Cranberry pills; Slow Fe
Secondary conditions: swelling ankles, extreme fatigue, mouth ulcers, joint pain
Previous/occasional Rx's: Prednisone, Flagyl, Levaquin, Xifaxan, Carafate
4/7/09: Gall bladder removal laproscopic surgery (gall stones)