2016 Edition of Christmas & Traveling with Epilepsy

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?



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Another Virtual Coffee Date

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Christmas Ornament in a Tree

Christmas Vacation 2014 – It was sooo cold

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.

The Weather

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

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!

The Health

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.

The Family

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.

Happy Holidays!


“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

Happy holidays!


Christmas Trip 2014 – how many things did I forget to pack?

I flew yesterday to see my family for Christmas.  I woke up tired from all of the end of the semester grading.  I did not start packing until the day of my flight.
The flight itself was typical.  Children were throwing tantrums when I wanted to sleep.  The food at the airport was expensive.  On my layover, I had to walk at least 30 minutes to get to the next gate. Despite all that, I made it to my destination (hotel) without any problems.
Today, I will meet up with one of my sisters and go see my family.  It was only just this morning that I realized I forgot a lot of things.  I guess that is what happens when you leave packing to the last minute.