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    12 hour flight: what if...

    I have an "accident" on the plane??

    Also, how much do you tip a skycap?

    (Sorry if this is posted in the wrong forum)

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    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?

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    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.


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    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.

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    Quote 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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    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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    Quote 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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    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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    Thanks adi

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    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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