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    I have an "accident" on the plane??

    Also, how much do you tip a skycap?

    (Sorry if this is posted in the wrong forum)

    #2
    good question. where are you going? im going to Poland & Amsterdam in August. i think you should do a BP 2 days in a row before your flight. dont eat too too much and i think youll be fine. i dono how your body is and your level of disability sooo. im a C5/6 complete. have you ever flowen anywere before?

    if anyone else has any ideas or comments let us know.
    J2

    28/M/chicago/C5-c6 quad Comp.
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      #3
      Flying

      A twelve hour flight is not bad. When I flew to Qingdao, China, it takes about forty hours. Two days before departure I go on a juice diet to make sure I am emptied out. Morning of flight I have a light meal of solid food and drink energy drink to keep my blood sugar up. If I get hungry during the flight I bring along raisins.

      Always use the restroom before you are loaded on the aircraft.


      titanium4motion
      "We must overcome difficulties rather than being overcome by difficulties."

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        #4
        Review some of the other posts about flying on this forum.

        Don't depend on being able to get to a bathroom on the plane, or for your flight leaving or arriving on time.

        Clean out your bowel before you go. Consider eating a low residue diet and perhaps taking an Imodium the day before the flight. Wear a pad if you are really concerned or don't have a dependable bowel program.

        For bladder, guys can sometimes cath under a blanket on the plane with a self-contained kit, but that is out for women. I recommend putting in a foley for the duration of the flight. Take another kit with you so you have one to insert before you fly home too. That way you can drink plenty of water (which also helps to reduce your risk for DVT). You can drain a leg-bag into a opaque plastic bottle and have the cabin steward dispose, or even into the vomit bag if desperate.

        Consider wearing knee high compression hose to also help reduce your risks for airplane DVT (which can occur even for ABs).

        Sit on your wheelchair cushion. Do side to side or forward lean weight shifts if you can't do push-ups.

        Tip for services rendered. If the Sky Cap escorts you all the way to your plane and takes care of the luggage, we give $2 per bag plus $5-10 for the Sky Cap assistance to the gate, depending on the distance and time it takes them.

        (KLD)
        The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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          #5
          Originally posted by J2Extreme
          good question. where are you going? im going to Poland & Amsterdam in August. i think you should do a BP 2 days in a row before your flight. dont eat too too much and i think youll be fine. i dono how your body is and your level of disability sooo. im a C5/6 complete. have you ever flowen anywere before?

          if anyone else has any ideas or comments let us know.
          Hey J2, I'm flying from Israel to Montreal with a short stop in Toronto. This is my first time flying post-SCI and I'm a C5/6/7 complete.

          I don't usually have accidents but I had a few in the past two weeks. Good idea about doing BP 2 days in a row; I hadn't thought about that. Usually I do it 3 x / week. I also hadn't thought abt eating less prior. What a bummer!

          titanium, you didn't eat anything but raisins for the flight? Don't know if I could handle that.

          Re: everything else, I've read the other threads abt flying so I think I'm covered, just didn't know about this specifically. Will be putting in a foley, sitting on my roho. Thanks for reminding me about the compression stockings KLD.

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            #6
            can you fill me in, because I might have a long flight myself and this information is extremely helpful. What is a DVT?

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              #7
              Originally posted by Regine
              can you fill me in, because I might have a long flight myself and this information is extremely helpful. What is a DVT?
              Deep Vein Thrombosis = Blood Clots in legs
              "If everything is under control, you are going too slow." - Mario Andretti

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                #8
                I flu many times post injury from europe to usa[round trips]about 7 times ...and one time to quingao [china]...the only problem i had was the urine ...thanks god no bowel .use also your cushion to prevent sores ...a coated aspirin can prevent dvt as well.dont worry you`ll be ok.have a nice trip mimin.

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                  #9
                  Thanks adi

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                    #10
                    BIGGER what if: what if I get my period??!! I'll be sitting around 20 hrs from door to door... aaahhhh

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                      #11
                      Period

                      Hi Mimin, it is funny that you post that question because that is exactly what happened to me a few days ago. I flew London-Madrid-South America. A long trip that by chance became a 48 hours door to door one.

                      I was prepared in everyway, but the plane could not land in our final destination because of bad weather, and we were sent to another city where we waited for an additional 7 hours!! Luckily I had extra medication in my bag (take extra doses of everything with you, just in case) but my period started in the plane. There was no pharmacy in the part of the airport were we were waiting . I was about to start crying when I found a tampoon that had been left in my backpack one time that I went swimming!! Could not believe my luck. From now on Im carrying one when I travel.

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                        #12
                        Well, I'm sure if you ask other women around, someone's bound to have a tampon... problem is, I need to be lying down for someone to insert it (sorry if this is disgusting the guys reading this).

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                          #13
                          On the same vein (TMI) it will be a sorry issue if you don;t notice for s few hours. I personally can;t tell right away anymore. The signs are subtle (spasms increase, and back pain, but they can mean lots of things.)

                          If you aren;t 100% sure you are in the clear (ie, it just finished!) I would wear a pad just in case. I sometimes wear a tampon just in case when I suspect it will start, but a 12 hour flight, plus layovers, that is too long. Considering you are worrying about all the implications, maybe something like poise panties? They aren;t plasticy like a lot of the "adult undergarments"
                          T7-8 since Feb 2005

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                            #14
                            Diva Cup

                            I have heard that wearing a tampon is not good for you if you don't have your period. I purchased the "Diva Cup" in the past year and use it for the "what if" times in my life.

                            http://www.divacup.com/

                            I also like it for light days.

                            KAP

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                              #15
                              I'd agree with the Poise Pad or overnight longer heavy pad and wear a pair of undies that have seen better days. Those and dark pants should handle small accidents of any kind. I tend to take an imodium about 12 hours before we leave for the airport. Stay away from most fruits or juices with pulp. The pasta meal is normally a safe bet on board. If you sit on your wheelchair seat ask about something to rest your feet on. Most economy sections no longer have the steel bar for your feet. And aspirin is good for arterial blood flow but not vein flow.

                              Do your BP two days in a row as suggested and you should be fine. Obviously don't eat borderline items before flying like greasy food, sushi, etc. If your body is used to sitting up for 12 or more hours a day your system should react like normally.

                              And when they pass out those customs cards on the jet read them. Then either declare everything or leave it on the plane. I almost got caught "smuggling" trail mix into Chile. Who would think by seeds and nuts they included processed ones. I think Canada and the USA agree you should not bring in meats, produce and live plants.

                              Oh yea, should you feel impending doom about to hit while in an airport head for your airline's club area. They're meant for frequent flyers and first class types but they are pretty good for embarassing emergencies. I always carry an old pair of baggy jeans and individual packs of wet ones in my backpack.

                              Don't worry so much. Does horrid stuff to your stomach.
                              Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

                              Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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