I recently went on a trip to Mexico for a couple weeks. As I've had more ear surgeries I am more and more prone to motion sickness, so I got a prescription from my ear doctor for Transderm Scop, which is a patch I put behind my ear a few hours before an airplane flight. The medicine works wonderfully in preventing motion sickness, but has some annoying side affects: a VERY dry mouth, drowsiness and sometimes blurred vision. I need to put the patch behind my ear about four hours before take-off, and a few hours after take-off is when I start to get the driest throat in the world--it's so dry that I need to always suck on hard candy or a cough drop. I make sure to ALWAYS bring along a bottle of water, but in spite of all I try, my throat is aching. I've just gotten used to be uncomfortable because I would rather have this symptom than get motion sickness.
Well, on this last trip, the flight to Mexico went really well, and besides the sore throat, which I totally prepared for and expected anyway, it was a pretty smooth ride. Then for the ride home, I needed to get up really early in the morning to catch the flight, and slept really poorly that night before, so I just felt like "blah" when I put the patch on in the a.m. Then, it was a full day of travel when you take into consideration all the time needed at the airport prior to take-off, customs when we reached the United States, and then another flight to our home state.
Maybe it was just because I was excited to get home that it seemed like the trip took FOREVER, but I noticed that because I had less patience, it seemed like my irritating patch side effects were even more irritating. Sometimes I wonder if I should just try the next flight I take without the medicine?
Noooo! The fear of getting sick is far too great to take the chance! Instead, I will continue to prepare by bringing plenty of throat lozenges, bottles of water, and try to get a better night's sleep the night before take-off. It is simply the price I pay as someone who is prone to getting sick on airplane flights. Much better to do the preparation and go anyway than to not go at all right?
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