June 15, 2017 |  written by IVX Health

How to Go on Vacation with a Chronic Illness

Take Inventory of Your Health Needs The first thing you need to do is be honest about your needs.  Take a look at your treatment plan and your day-to-day life.  Figure out which parts of your plan have wiggle room and which parts are an absolute necessity.  Consult your health journal and records to discern out what your body can handle (long car ride? airplane flight? lots of walking?), and what it can't. Plan Your Vacation Around Your Condition Now that you know what your body needs, now you need to be honest about what you can do.  Look at how far you can travel and the activities you'll enjoy, and make your plans. Prepare for Your Vacation Make a list of all the things you'll need for your trip, and make sure you schedule it between outpatient treatments if necessary.  If you take medication for flare-ups, make sure you have enough with you.  Get copies of your prescriptions in case you need a refill while you're away from home. Listen to Your Body on Vacation Just like at home, you'll want to listen to your body on vacation.  That may mean slowing down or skipping an activity.  Consider making a couple of agendas -- one for when you're feeling spritely and one for when your body needs a rest.  Having options can help you feel like you're still in control even when your body isn't cooperating with one agenda.  Takes notes so you'll have a better idea of what to expect for your next vacation!

Take Inventory of Your Health Needs

The first thing you need to do is be honest about your needs.  Take a look at your treatment plan and your day-to-day life.  Figure out which parts of your plan have wiggle room and which parts are an absolute necessity.  Consult your health journal and records to discern out what your body can handle (long car ride? airplane flight? lots of walking?), and what it can’t.

Plan Your Vacation Around Your Condition

Now that you know what your body needs, now you need to be honest about what you can do.  Look at how far you can travel and the activities you’ll enjoy, and make your plans.

Prepare for Your Vacation

Make a list of all the things you’ll need for your trip, and make sure you schedule it between outpatient treatments if necessary.  If you take medication for flare-ups, make sure you have enough with you.  Get copies of your prescriptions in case you need a refill while you’re away from home.

Listen to Your Body on Vacation

Just like at home, you’ll want to listen to your body on vacation.  That may mean slowing down or skipping an activity.  Consider making a couple of agendas — one for when you’re feeling spritely and one for when your body needs a rest.  Having options can help you feel like you’re still in control even when your body isn’t cooperating with one agenda.  Takes notes so you’ll have a better idea of what to expect for your next vacation!

Treatment at IVX Health

If biologics like Remicade, Actemra or Orencia  are a part of your chronic illness treatment plan, then consider choosing IVX Health for your ongoing care needs. IVX Health makes it possible to receive your therapy in a comfortable, convenient, and private environment.

With a private suite for every patient, you can watch your favorite Netflix show or movie on the big screen TV in each room, use a laptop or other mobile device to surf the web, or simply hang out with family and friends. We always have chairs for guests, and each center has a family room that is spacious and private if you need to bring your kids to your treatment. We also offer flexible appointment scheduling – including evenings and Saturdays – at any of our convenient locations.

At IVX Health, we truly are invested in helping you live your best life. If you’re ready to experience a new kind of infusion clinic, click here to learn how to move your infusion or injection therapy to IVX Health.

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