Refusing to Allow Crohn’s Disease to Hijack My Freedom to Travel

Refusing to Allow Crohn’s Disease to Hijack My Freedom to Travel
Now that my children are grown (mostly) and out of the house, one at college, one at graduate school, I have vowed to travel a bit more. Besides financial constraints (paying for college is expensive!) there's nothing holding me back — except Crohn's. Last fall, I accompanied my husband on a a trip to a trade show in Las Vegas and had a wonderful time. I didn't have a flare-up, but I took all my extra medications with me just in case. Last week, I took a one-day trip from my home to Washington, D.C., to participate in the Women's March. I felt anxious all week leading up to it, wondering if I would be too sick to go. With prednisone, I've been in pretty decent shape, but I'm on my taper and over the past couple of weeks, I've noticed a few symptoms returning, albeit mildly. I also was worried how I would feel after the march. Would I be non-functional for several days, as happens after I have an extra long day, a lot of physical exercise, or movement? I didn't know. I got up at 4 a.m. Saturday, packed all my extra meds, and didn't get home until 10:30 p.m. On Sunday I felt pretty bad. I spent most of the day on the couch, resting. I was achy, sore all over and weak. But by Monday I was pretty much back to normal. Tuesday was my younger daughter's birthday. Her college is a seven-hour drive from my house, or a one-and- a-half hour flight from my airport to hers. I really wanted to be with her on her birthday. So, a couple of months earlier, I attempted to find a cheap-enough flight (for some reason, despite the short flight, it's re
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