Less than a month to go until my flight to Eastern Europe! The excitement is starting to seep in and balance out nervousness that I’ve been experiencing. It’s a minor panic. I have allowed self-doubt to creep into my enthusiasm. I’m working on embracing the excitement, and yet being realistic and dealing with the issues behind why I’m so nervous.
I’m especially nervous I will get sick on my trip, and missing work the last two days due to a fever, cough, and headache do not lift my spirits. I remind myself I have contingency plans in case of sickness overseas (stay in my hotel and sleep, regardless of what I had planned for the day – a simple solution actually!). I have medical insurance and travel insurance for larger, unplanned incidents. I have to remain positive and constantly reassure myself that I have thought through all the large “what-ifs” I can think of. If worse comes to worse, I have friends in various cities in Europe I can call up for help.
In the midst of my fears, I am in the final stretch of planning and preparation. I have visited the doctor to get a basic check-up and final go ahead, as well as receive all the necessary shots, such as Hepatitis A and the tetanus booster. I have also received a written letter from my doctor describing my condition. My primary care doctor – who has been there since the early days of endless tests, doctors, and questions, before my official diagnosis with fibromyalgia – is truly excited for me. The fact she is excited more than worried about me traveling alone for 5 weeks is a good sign. I have been “ordered” to bring in photos when I get back.
I am also typing up an itinerary for both my husband and my parents detailing where I am staying each night of my trip. This way, if they suddenly stop hearing from me, or I do end up in the hospital, they will know where I am and how to get to me. Hopefully they will never need to jump on a plane to find me, and instead they can refer to the itinerary to follow my trip and say “Wow, she’s in Budapest today!”
All of this planning is a lot to keep track of, but it’s vital to traveling safely solo and with fibromyalgia. Better safe than sorry!