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How to Go on Vacation with Lung Disease

14 Mar 2016
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How to Go on Vacation with Lung Disease

How to Go on Vacation with Lung Disease

It’s time for a vacation.

For someone with a chronic lung disease, going on a vacation can seem daunting or nearly impossible. If you have a lung disease and are preparing to travel, packing and actually traveling, might leave you feeling short of breath, fatigued or even frustrated. However, taking a vacation is good for you and important for your well-being. We’re here to help you make your trip successful with a list of tips on how to go on vacation with lung disease.

Why is it important to go on vacation?

How to Go on Vacation with Lung Disease

Many people feel stressed about their life. It’s normal to have a certain amount of stress in daily life; however, sometimes that stress level can become too high, taking a toll on people’s mental and physical health. Taking a vacation can inspire creativity, give new perspectives, improve relationships, help with problem solving and advance productivity. Everyone needs time to unwind, relax, explore and enjoy time with family and friends.

How to Go on Vacation with Lung Disease

How to Go on Vacation with Lung Disease

It’s important for people with a chronic lung disease such as COPD or pulmonary fibrosis to go on vacation, too. Consider avoiding cities with dirty, polluted air, and be careful about high-altitudes. Keep in mind that for air travel, advanced noticed is required to make arrangements for your oxygen needs. The airline may need a letter from your physician, a brief medical history, and proof of a current oxygen prescription. While new airline rules allow for portable oxygen concentrators, you won’t be allowed to bring or use oxygen cylinders or liquid oxygen on the airplane.

For traveling via train, bus, or cruise ship, it’s still important to call several weeks in advance to discuss your medical needs and oxygen use with your carrier. Even though it may seem difficult, there are travel tips and steps you can take to prepare yourself for a successful vacation experience.

Pre-Travel Checklist

How to Go on Vacation with Lung Disease

  • Notify your doctor
  • Wear emergency identification
  • Carry an oxygen prescription with you
  • Check your medications to ensure you have enough for your trip
  • Obtain important paperwork (letter from your doctor, verifying your medications and portable oxygen)
  • Have a list with the names and numbers of your primary care physician, pulmonologist, respiratory therapist, oxygen supplier, and any other important medical providers
  • Keep a list of your current medications both prescription and over-the-counter

Oxygen Therapy Traveler’s Basic Checklist

How to Go on Vacation with Lung Disease

  • Carry extra batteries for your oxygen with you
  • Direct flights are recommended whenever possible
  • Plan ahead to know if you will need oxygen refills during your trip
  • Call your home health care company and discuss travel plans with them
  • Contact your travel carrier to inform them of your oxygen needs and use
  • Learn how to use your portable oxygen system and know how long it will last
  • Check with your air carrier ahead of time about using personal portable oxygen concentrators
  • For car travel, crack the window a little and place your oxygen unit upright in the seat next to yours, secured by the seat belt

Vacation and Lung Health Success

How to Go on Vacation with Lung Disease

Before planning your next trip, think of some people and places you want to visit, and make a list of what you want to do. To help make your next vacation a success, you can try these tips on how to go on vacation with lung disease. Do you want to see the cowboy experience or want to enjoy a sunset on the beach? You could make your next vacation a trip to promote the healing of your lungs by receiving stem cell treatment at the Lung Institute.

With clinics nationwide in Tampa, FL; Scottsdale, AZ; Nashville, TN; Pittsburgh, PA; and Dallas, TX, you’re sure to enjoy all the sites, dining, and beauty these places have to offer while starting the process to improve your quality of life. If you or a loved one has a chronic lung disease and would like more information, contact us today at (800) 729-3065. It’s time to plan a vacation for you and your lungs.

6 Comments

  1. PB

    9 months ago

    Hello Jane,

    Because treatment cost varies depending on treatment type, to answer your question, it’s best to speak one-on-one with one of our qualified patient coordinators. They are ready to help answer your questions, and they have plenty of knowledge about stem cells, possible treatment options and cost. Feel free to contact us today by calling (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  2. jane butler

    9 months ago

    how much is it? approximately?

  3. PB

    9 months ago

    Hi Barbara,

    Thanks for your questions. Because the cost of treatment varies depending on treatment type, speaking with one of our patient coordinators is the best way to answer your questions. By talking to a patient coordinator, you can discuss your questions in depth and learn more about possible options. To speak with a patient coordinator today, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  4. Barbara McHugh

    9 months ago

    Can you make payments or do you have to pay the whole thing up front. Do you provide financing?

  5. PB

    9 months ago

    Hello Merrit,

    Thanks for your comment. To answer your question, it’s best to speak with one of our patient coordinators by calling (855) 313-1149. They have a wealth of knowledge and can help point you in the right direction. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  6. Merrit hudson

    9 months ago

    Yes i had this one time i need. It again but dont have the money can u tell me if u got a loan com. That well loan u the money if so let me no so i can try and see if i can get a loan ty merrit

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