eek!!! i gotta go on a plane!!!

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summerstorm
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   Posted 4/10/2011 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   
my husband hates me, its the only explanation, that old meanie is making me fly!!!
I'm not worried about the bag thing, im too terffified of the other stuff, like the plane!  I have been one time on a plane and i hated it!  luckily i had this angel sitting beside me, her name was shirley, my grandmas name, and she let me hold her hand the whole way, im surprised i didn't break it! my husband however will probably be less patient with me, he thinks its funny!  I'm just going to atlanta so it's only 45 minutes BUT i get to worry until thursday, by then i'll be ready to have a stroke, and unable to breathe!
I was gonna drive down on friday but i didnt want to drive in atlanta and my mean old husband said, no you are flying!  i think he will tie me up and take me if i dont go on my own, lol.
I'm  not sure what im going to do down there though, he will be in meetings all day friday, and then saturday we have to check out at 12 and don't leave until 4, and he'll be in meetings then too!  and atlanta is a kind of scary place to walk around alone.
see so now, not only do i have the plane to worry about, i have the what will i do and how will i get somewhere without someone attacking me! oh and noone say nothing will happen, cause im superstitiuos and then something will happen, lol.

Disneynut66
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   Posted 4/10/2011 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Lol! Just keep reminding yourself that planes are safer than cars. Try to have a good time. Can you take something or drink something beforehand?
Diagnosed 2006. 1st step of 2 step j-pouch 1/3/11. 2nd step will be in April! So done with this disease.

esoR
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   Posted 4/10/2011 10:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Summer,

If you really don't want to go and he will be in meetings most of the time, don't go. Just say no. Sure wish I dared fly with all my gut adhesions. I admire you for being able to physically fly even bag and all. But if you are stressing this much, just say no. Good luck with whatever you decide. Rosemary

summerstorm
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   Posted 4/11/2011 6:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Rosemary I stress this much over everything! :-) before the cruise I was in tears abou having a balcony! we are going to disney in june and we are flying then and my husband thinks this will be a good way for me to get used to flying, that way he will only have our kid and my mom and dad acting like crazy people
Disney I want to take something but where do I get it? I don't want to drink because drinking sometimes gives me really bad gas and if got drunk enough to not care id throw up.
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-
No matter what kind of day you are having, take five minutes to sing loudly and dance like a fool!

Disneynut66
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   Posted 4/11/2011 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   
You could either ask your doctor for a Valium type thing or take a benedryl or Tylenol pm. Or if you have any pain med left from surgery that always relaxes me :). I know your feelings are very real. I hate to fly, but love to travel so I manage.

Enjoy Disney when you go. I want to hear all about it...where you are staying, what you are doing, etc. I will live vicariously through you this year!
Diagnosed 2006. 1st step of 2 step j-pouch 1/3/11. 2nd step April 4, 2011. So done with this disease.

2b ColonFree
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   Posted 4/11/2011 8:02 AM (GMT -6)   
hope you make it through safely summer :) if anyone attacks you, just spray him with your bag ;)
Hodaya
06/05/2007 - STARR procedure
colonic inertia w/pelvic floor dysfunction
08/16/2009 - total colectomy w/ileorectal anastomosis
07/08/2010 - loop ileostomy

stripey
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   Posted 4/11/2011 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I think as a well done to yourself for going through with the flight and as a punishment for your husband for him making you do it then I reckon a obscenely large spending spree on his credit card is in order. If he complains just say you you still under the influence of whatever medication you decide to take to get you through the flight and you were not aware of what you were doing, oh and no you couldn't possibly take the purchases back as you have managed to destroy all the credit card receipts and cut all the labels out and throw away all the bags. Of course this is all still while you where under the influence.

Have a great time. :)
Crohn's dx 1989, loop ileo 1992, end ileo 1992. Arthritis developed 1990 Stoma abcess 1995. Azathioprine started 1995. Panprocolorectomy 1999. Stillbirth 2000, antiphospholipid syndrome dx 2000. Flare up 2004, stoma abcess and strictoplasty 2004. Low blood pressure dx with impaired kidney function 2006, fludrocortisone pres. flare up 2010, steroids, Humira, codeine.

Disneynut66
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   Posted 4/11/2011 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I second that stripey!
Diagnosed 2006. 1st step of 2 step j-pouch 1/3/11. 2nd step April 4, 2011. So done with this disease.

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 4/11/2011 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Calm down...deep breaths...I hate to fly too shocked but I did really well on my last flight (5 hours) by just reminding myself that the pilot AND crew did not board the plane thinking it was going to crash! People fly daily for work and go home every night...so for me, it worked to calm me down...and a few beers before hand didn't hurt and made it more enjoyable! One flight was at 6am so I went without beers shakehead but it was still ok.

Go and have fun in Atlanta!! I was there this time last year and had a lot of fun smilewinkgrin

Let us know how you do....
formally known as OHIO76 ~ honoring my daughter's passion!
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my temporary ileo in 2001
Proctocolectomy w/end ileo in 2008
...wish I knew then what I know NOW!

fish1
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   Posted 4/11/2011 8:43 PM (GMT -6)   

Here you go...sage advise

 

"No matter what kind of day you are having, take five minutes to sing loudly and dance like a fool!"


summerstorm
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   Posted 4/11/2011 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
lol fish! thanks, that is good advice, but i think they will frown on that on the plane.
oddly enough, and don't laugh cause i know this is stupid, i,m not really that afraid of crashing, im just afraid of being stuck on there, i don't like being places i can't leave. and, this is the really dumb part, im afraid something of mine will fall out of the plane, like just fall out the door or the window. and yes, logically, i know that the windows and doors don't just come open :D thats also my fear of bridges, not that i will fall off, but that something like my phone, will just for some reason fly out of the window, or that i, for no known reason, will toss my pocketbook out of it! i'm crazy!

disney-i realize that it sounded up there like i was trying to get in on a drug deal! LOL. I will be sure to tell you all about disney, we are taking my son for his bday! he knows he is, and knows when his bday is, he just hasn't put the dates together yet, and we have dinner at chef mickeys on his bday planned, and are gonna get the bday surprise delivered to his room! that kid is not getting a regular bday party this year!

stripey-i am sooo gonna do that, lol. i love the cocacola place, and turns out its right at the hotel,, so i can walk there easily and thats kind of a touristy place so it's pretty safe. i think i can walk to the zoo too, the page says its only a mile, but im not sure what it's like through there.
ok done rambling now, lol
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-
No matter what kind of day you are having, take five minutes to sing loudly and dance like a fool!

Disneynut66
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   Posted 4/12/2011 5:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I didn't think it sounded like you were trying to get in on a drug deal, LOL. My best friend has to take a Valium every time she flies so I understand.

Wow, what a lucky boy! I want to come. You all will have so much fun. Can't wait to hear all about it. Due to my surgery we are not taking a big vacation this year. We are going to visit my family in Seattle. It should be fun because we will do all the touristy stuff that we didn't do when we lived there and my daugther is very excited because we moved when she was three so she doesn't remember a lot. I do get to go on my yearly girls' weekend in October...this year to Savannah.

Ok, now I'm all done rambling! Have fun in Atlanta.
Diagnosed 2006. 1st step of 2 step j-pouch 1/3/11. 2nd step April 4, 2011. So done with this disease.

stripey
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   Posted 4/12/2011 4:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Summerstorm just a bit of technical info for you to ally your fears about doors opening. The aircraft doors have to be pulled inwards first and then pushed out, as the pressure in the aircraft is higher than outside then it is impossible to open the doors due to this pressure from inside the plane.

As to things falling around inside, that depends on how much duty free has been consumed by the stag party at the front of the plane and how much food they throw around. :)
Crohn's dx 1989, loop ileo 1992, end ileo 1992. Arthritis developed 1990 Stoma abcess 1995. Azathioprine started 1995. Panprocolorectomy 1999. Stillbirth 2000, antiphospholipid syndrome dx 2000. Flare up 2004, stoma abcess and strictoplasty 2004. Low blood pressure dx with impaired kidney function 2006, fludrocortisone pres. flare up 2010, steroids, Humira, codeine.

summerstorm
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   Posted 4/12/2011 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks stripey! i know, logically, that the doors won't open, but my brain just doesn't seem to care!
i think i could deal wtih a bachelor party on the plane, at least there would be something to take mymind off the trip :D
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-
No matter what kind of day you are having, take five minutes to sing loudly and dance like a fool!

flchurchlady
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   Posted 4/13/2011 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Stripey... all you need is Valium, Vodka, and Visa! smilewinkgrin
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.

summerstorm
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   Posted 4/16/2011 10:57 PM (GMT -6)   
well i made it back! flying is awful!
on the way there, it wasn't so bad, just really unknown and i got kind of motion sick. Anyway, atlanta wasn't a whole lot of fun, since i was by myself. I did end up going on the marta to lenox mall and phipps plaza where i found a rain coat that cost THREE THOUSAND dollars!!! no, i'm not making that up, thats true! the only thing i could afford in those places was a cupcake that i bought my husband, lol. And then i found a target, where i could actually buy things! which was dumb cause i found something at target for 5 dollars that the exact same thing in that mall was 45! anyway, regardless, then i got lost trying to get back to the marta, and was almost in tears by the time i found the stupid thing again, anyway that was friday then today i went to the cnn tour and to the gift shop at hte coke place, that was ok, but kind of sad alone. But at the cnn place these two people were nice and pretended to know me, lol. but then i got lost on the way back and thought i would never stop walking! oh and to make this better, we are in the peachtree westin (look it up, its pretty cool, although the rooms aren't that nice) which is this 74 story glass building with a rotating lounge on the top, where we kept having to go, but it was making me dizzy so i left. anyway, while we were there, friday night, they had a tornado warning and high winds and that building was moving we were on the 64th floor!
and then...the plane today...
i had to go through the body picture thing! and they pulled me over, and she asked if she could run her hand on my stomach, and i handed her the card i printed from the uoaa site she offered me a private patdown also, and she said, oh that's what i feel there, and i said yes, so she showed the card to another guy and he said, you need a specialist, but then they just got donna, showed her the card, she took me over to the side, and asked me to put my hand on my bag under my shirt, but she didn't need to see it and not to lift it where she could see it, then she put some stuff on my hand and put it in a computer. everyone was really really nice and professional, it was a little weird, but as we were leaving i saw another guy getting patted down, and boy they were doing some serious stuff on him! so i guess i got out easy! so my advice, print that card out and take it, if they mention something just give the card, noone ever spoke the word ostomy aloud, i mean it wouldnt have been a big deal if they did, but i didn't really want them yelling it across the place or anything. when we left charlotte i went through a metal detector and noone said anything, and noone mentioned any of my supplies.
but then, my husband got us on an earlier flight, we were supposed to leave at 6, but he got us on a an earlier flight for 320, which was delayed orginally until 420 and ended up we didn't leave until 558! i was not happy, we could have drove home by then! and the ride was bumpy AND i had to sit beside a door, which was my major fear! but i made it, lol

flchurchlady
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   Posted 4/17/2011 4:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow, what an adventure! I was thinking about you with all of the tornadoes up there and am glad to hear you're okay and that you survived the plane flights. :-)

Thanks for the tip about printing out the card from UOAA. Here's a link to it for anyone planning to travel soon: http://www.ostomy.org/ostomy_info/pubs/Travel_Card_2011a.pdf

Cece
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 4/18/2011 7:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Glad it went well...When's the next trip?!
formally known as OHIO76 ~ honoring my daughter's passion!
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my temporary ileo in 2001
Proctocolectomy w/end ileo in 2008
...wish I knew then what I know NOW!

summerstorm
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   Posted 4/18/2011 9:32 PM (GMT -6)   
i forgot to tell yall the best part, you will love this! when we were at the party thing, i went into a public bathroom, to pee, well luckily it was just to pee, cause while i was sitting there the ceiling started leaking on me! A LOT, so i vaulted up off the toilet, stopped my pee and jumped up! cause i had no idea if it was leaking from a bathroom or what. and i had to stand right up against the door to get my clothes situated and all!
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-
No matter what kind of day you are having, take five minutes to sing loudly and dance like a fool!
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