Before I begin the arduous task of packing for a two day vacation, I figured I would take the time to write out what a mini vacation details for us CFers.
In my opinion, I would much rather take a long vacation than a short vacation because of the amount of time which goes into packing for either. With CF, a small weekend getaway doesn’t mean that we can throw our clothes into a bag, bring toothbrush/toothpaste, and deodorant and be on the road. Instead, it means we need to get our vest (airway clearance machine) packed up in its own roll along case, our nebulizer machine, our nebulizers sterilized and in plastic bags for transport, our medications (always bring more than two days worth..just in case) packed in a bag, which means about 6 or more different pill bottles, our flutter device packed to go, our nasal rinse packed to go, and a backup inhaler. Oh, and I almost forgot the least-favorite part. At the last minute (I HATE last minute..too afraid I will forget it), we have to pack our refrigerated medicines in a cooling case for the duration of the trip. In addition, I also have to bring a baby bottle sterilizer so that my nebulizers can be sterilized every day while I’m away. All this for a two day trip.
As you can imagine, I prefer lengthy vacations because I need to pack the exact same items, just in larger quantities, and then packing all of it up seems worth it. For a weekend getaway, it seems crazy. Plus, even with family, I always get the comments such as, “WOW! You packed for a month!” or something similar. When we look at our luggage, over half of it is always medications and CF related items.
Here it is - two days worth of packing. Even the suitcaseto the far left is half-filled with medications. Needless to say, it takes awhile to pack.
Since I have so much cleaning and packing to do today, I figured I would splurge and drink coffee. I’ve been trying to give it up since we’re trying to get pregnant, but today I definitely needed a caffeine boost. Back to no coffee tomorrow J
I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful labor day weekend!! I’ll probably post when I get back!