Holidays are a great way of recharging batteries and relaxing. Here are my top tips for making sure you have a relaxing time away.
- Make sure that you take enough medication with you. Always take 10 days’ extra supply just in case. Remember the ash cloud which grounded all flights for 10 days!
- If you are taking Sinemet or Madopar and have an early flight, take it as soon as you wake on your travelling day, or if you have an especially long day, you will also need an extra dose.
- If you are going on a long haul flight, wear flight socks and drink plenty of fluids (avoid alcohol).
- Keep your medication in your hand luggage and carry a list of what you take. Your repeat prescription will be fine.
- Shop around for travel insurance and mention that you have Parkinson’s. If you don’t and something happens, you may not be covered.
- If you need care but would still like to have a holiday, check out Respite Holidays (see revitalise.org.uk/respite-holidays). They have facilities for people with Parkinson’s and their carers with 24-hour care in various locations around the UK (other providers are disabledholidays.com and ageuk.com). You will be surprised how many options pop up once you start searching the internet!
So all that is left for me to say is Bon Voyage!
PS I now have a secretary, Sue Ellis. She is based at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and looks after all my appointments. If you have an appointment query or need to bring your appointment forward, she can be contacted on 01296 316563.