Life after a spinal cord injury is rather challenging. Things that you didn’t think much about before the injury are suddenly more complicated. When you decide that you are going to go on a trip, you have to make sure that you have everything in order so that you can enjoy the time away from home.
You still have to think about the usual things when planning a vacation. These include things like planning the route and figuring out your accommodations. When you do make reservations for the hotel, condo or another place to stay, be sure to let them know that you need to have wheelchair access to all areas that you will need to venture.
While people tend to remember that they need to remain hydrated during the hot summer months, they also need to do this during the winter. On average, an adult will need around two liters of fluids per day. If you are sweating a lot, that can increase. Because failing to drink enough can have a negative impact on your excretory system and other bodily systems, always ensure that you have access to water and electrolyte replacement products.
Bring your medications
Bring medication to last for your trip. It might behoove you to ask your doctor for a 10-day course of antibiotics just in case you start to show signs of an infection. Learn about any limitations of your medications. Some medications can’t be exposed to sunlight, and others can’t be exposed to heat. You should also learn about how the medications might affect you. For example, you may feel lightheaded in the sun if you take vasodilators or some bladder medications.
Monitor your body temperature
Your body temperature can be challenging when you travel. If you are going somewhere that it is expected to be cool or cold, wear layers. Choose light clothing if it is expected to be warm. If you have a higher-level injury, you might suffer from a reflex that makes you wheeze or feel shortness of breath when you transition from a hot environment to a cold one.
Many aspects of living with a spinal cord injury are more costly than living without one. If you suffered the injury in an accident caused by another person’s negligence, you might choose to seek compensation. This can help you to cover the expenses that are directly related to the injury, including medical care and loss of earning capacity.