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How Well Will Multiple Sclerosis and Jet Lag Play Together?

Is jet lag worse for those with multiple sclerosis?

Diligent research and planning have left me confident in my ability to enjoy upcoming travels, while managing  MS and health concerns. Decisions have been made regarding luggage, medications, airport travel, car rental, and accommodations. I know whether to expect sun or snow, cobblestone or freeways, and have been practicing my rudimentary Spanish with the help of Duolingo and some dear friends.

My oft-underused planning muscles are stretched and I am content to leave some choices until closer to departure. My travel companion knows MS is unpredictable and, based on my body’s cooperation, we may need to spend the day lounging poolside, trying to look like 1940s Hollywood stars, rather than marathon museum-ing. Getting this reality out in the open removes any worry that I may “disappoint” if we need to change our plans.

Of course, all effort will still be made to keep my MS in check. I was encouraged by a reader who commented on my last post and strongly suggested that I get assistance at the airport. Good advice. In Tips and Tricks for Traveling with MS, “Dave” at Active MSers writes: “Check the ego. You have lots of tools at your disposal to make traveling easier — use them. Wheelchairs, canes, trekking poles, scooters, rollators, disposable undergarments, you name it. Is someone staring? Who bloody cares.”  I will take that advice and have a wheelchair meet me at the plane in Madrid. I simply don’t know how my body will react to a long flight, and the reader wisely pointed out that customs’ lines can be slow.

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