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May 17, 2017 04:57AM
May 17, 2017 05:03AM
I would don the sleeve and gauntlet one hour before boarding the first leg of the flight at LAX (not always predictable when the flight will actually take off, so use boarding time as your touchstone). Good call on staying hydrated, watching salt (might want to pre-order a low-sodium meal because the airline catering default is extra salt in order for tastebuds blunted by flying at cruising altitude to be able to taste anything) and moving as much as possible on the flight. Fist pumps, hand circling, etc. (Might want to warn the flight attendants ahead of time that no, you're not signaling them). During that 5-1/2 hr. layover at Heathrow, remove it an hour after landing and then re-don it an hour before boarding the flight to New Delhi. Might seem easier to keep it on the whole time, but trust me—you want to give your arm & hand some comfortable recovery time before the next flight; keeping it on for nearly 24 hrs. is not a good idea (that's why we don't wear it to bed—and if we need compression for sleep, it's an entirely different type of garment). Keep it on after landing in New Delhi. Have someone else carry your bags, or at least don't use that arm to do so, regardless of whether your sleeve & gauntlet are still on. By the time you deplane, go through passport control, baggage claim & customs, an hour very likely will have passed so you can remove it in the taxi. At the very latest, take it off when you get to wherever you'll be staying.
Definitely take it off for hand washing, and put it back on after drying. As to a window seat on the LE side, make sure you pull down the shade when the sun is shining—you don't want your arm to get hot!
Don't put it on until an hour before each flight—2 hrs. ahead is way too long for comfort unless you actually have LE and need to wear it all your waking hours. And DO remove it after a hour has elapsed after each landing—and keep it off until an hour before boarding the next flight (the exception being a layover of less than 2-1/2 hrs). 4-5 hrs. after your final landing is just too long to wait before removing it. Follow these suggestions and there will be no need to change sleeves midstream for comfort. But you might want to put on a different set for the second leg, because after a very long flight there's some stretching & loss of compression until you get a chance to wash & dry it again. I've twice flown nonstop between Chicago & Rome, and it's about 10 hrs. Didn't need to change sleeves during the flight. (I’ve done Chicago-Tokyo, which is even longer, but that was way before breast cancer).
As to drinking water, every 2 hrs. isn't often enough, especially if you'll have alcohol or caffeine too. Shoot for at least a glass per hour—you will be thirsty and find it easier to drink in flight than on the ground. I know it's a PITA to have to get up and pee often, but that's the price we have to pay for health.
Good call on getting packed way ahead of time. Long trips are stressful enough as it is without the worry of doing everything at the last minute. The more rested you are, the easier the trip will be.
One of my most frequent recurring nightmares is that I am racing the clock to get everything packed before I have to leave for the airport and I might not get there in time to make the flight—and often it's on a group tour which might leave without me. Sometimes it's about the same thing happening on the day I have to return home—having to race the clock to get packed before checkout time. (A shrink would have a field day about those dreams—fear of time running out before I die? Not really—been having this dream since long before breast cancer. Probably more like fear of missing out or being unprepared—a variant of the old “naked in public" or “discovering you have a final for a class you forgot you'd registered for" nightmare).
Bon voyage! Someday I'll get to India.
Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters....
9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast
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