My blog posting has been somewhat erratic in the past few months. I thought I would update you on the latest. I will attempt to control myself and keep it to one latte. I hope you have a warm beverage ready.
On day 26 of my Chronic Illness Challenge, we discuss:
What impact has this had on your family, friends, partner, parents, etc.
How have your friends and family reacted to your epilepsy? Have they been supportive?
Day 4: How have your friends and family reacted to it?
I am making my annual trek to my family for Christmas. In Christmas, Family, & Traveling with Epilepsy, I talked about the preparations that I would make for my trips.
Last year, I was taken to the ER while visiting my family in another state. I wonder if there is something I can do to prevent a repeat of that incident.
In the past, I brought along a mp3 player (iPod) to listen to meditation / relaxation music. It helps keep me relaxed during the flight. However, my mp3 player died, so I will have to try to find an affordable replacement before the flight.
My neurologist bumped up my meds since the incident. I will need to double check my Medic Alert information to make sure it is correct. I already have enough medicine to last until January, so that will not be a problem.
I need to call my health insurance company to find out what sort of coverage I will have when traveling out of state. I changed my insurance since last year. If something does happen, I hope they will at least pay for some of the ER bill.
Do you have any recommendations for my trip? What has worked for you when you last traveled?
The city I live in has recently hit by a series of snow storms. At first, I thought the snow looked beautiful. But after a while, the subzero temperatures, cloudy skies, and mountains of snow have really started to affect my mood.
Getting to Work
Getting to work is a hassle. I take public transportation and walk to the train every morning. The mountains of snow that have built up make this difficult. The people who live in the neighborhood have done their best to keep some of the sidewalk cleared off. The train doesn’t work as efficiently as it normally does. I have been lucky and still managed to make it to my classes on time. I just want the snow to melt, so the train will work on its normal schedule again.
I have been only venturing outdoors long enough to go to work and back. For every other event, I seriously consider whether it is worth braving snow, cold temperatures, and slow public transportation. There were not many events that passed. I used to venture out on the weekends to coffee shops or free events in the city. I don’t go to those events because it’s ‘too cold.’
When is spring going to come?
I feel like a caged bird at the moment. I want to go to events and do things, but I don’t want to be cold in the process. I want sunshine, warm temperatures, and most importantly, no snow. When are the warm temperatures going to come back?
In an effort to change things, I purchased a plane ticket to fly out and see my sister. I will not leave until March, but hopefully the change in scenery will do me some good. I have recently found out that some of my bosses and co-workers travel to warmer locations during the holidays. I think I know why now.
I am back from my Christmas vacation. I had intended to update my blog more often than I did, but I had to use WordPress for Android. Unfortunately, I reached my roaming data limit very quickly.
Mother nature tried it’s best to get in the way of my plans. My plans were changed on many occasions because of snow, icy roads, and extreme cold. I was not even sure that I would get back home because the weather got bad on the day of my flight. During most of the trip, it was so cold.
The airline did an okay job. On the way to my destination, everything went well without incident. I did my best to get some rest despite the screaming kids on the plane. A bad snow storm had started just as I was going to the airport to come home. There was a delay due to missing flight crew. The airline did a good job of de-icing the plane so that I could get home safely. I am still unhappy with the number of delays that I had to tolerate and the long wait for my luggage. I got back home at 2am!
My health remained pretty good during the holidays. I didn’t have any problems on the airplane or during my travels while visiting my family. I made sure to bring along a good supply of my medicine so that I wouldn’t run out. I did eat a lot more than I wanted. My sisters and I have formed a small weight loss support group to try to help each other lose the weight we gained last year.
My family was all happy to see me. When I arrived home, I was given a gift in the way of some cash to help pay for travel expenses during the holidays. Who could ask for a better Christmas present? Despite the weather issues and flight delays, it was great to see them.
“It’s true, Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers. But when you look back on all the Christmases in your life, you’ll find you’ve created family traditions and lasting memories. Those memories, good and bad, are really what help to keep a family together over the long haul.” — Caroline Kennedy