Traveling With Benlysta: A Guide For Lupus Patients
As a lupus patient myself, I understand the challenges of traveling with this chronic illness. However, I also know that it shouldn’t stop us from exploring the world and experiencing new things. That’s why I want to share my knowledge and experience on traveling with Benlysta, a medication commonly used in treating lupus. With the right preparation, planning, and mindset, traveling with Benlysta can be a safe and enjoyable experience.
Before You Go
Before embarking on your trip, make sure to schedule an appointment with your rheumatologist. Inform them about your travel plans and ask for their advice on adjusting your medication schedule. It’s also important to bring enough medication for the duration of your trip, plus a few extra days’ worth, in case of unexpected delays or changes in your itinerary.
Don’t forget to pack your medical documents, such as your prescription, doctor’s note, and health insurance card. Keep them in a safe and easily accessible place, along with your medication. You may also want to consider wearing a medical alert bracelet or necklace, especially if you’re traveling alone.
During Your Trip
When traveling with Benlysta, it’s important to prioritize self-care and rest. Pace yourself and listen to your body. If you feel tired or unwell, take a break and rest. Don’t push yourself too hard, especially if you’re in a new and unfamiliar environment.
Make sure to also stay hydrated and protect yourself from the sun. Lupus patients are more susceptible to sunburn and photosensitivity, so wear sunscreen with a high SPF and avoid direct sunlight during peak hours.
Getting Through Security
Traveling with medication can be daunting, especially when it comes to airport security. To avoid any complications, always carry your medication in its original packaging and keep it in your carry-on luggage. Inform the security personnel that you have medication with you, and present your medical documents if necessary.
It’s also important to note that Benlysta is a biologic medication, which means it needs to be kept at a specific temperature. Make sure to bring a cooler bag or insulated pouch, and inform the airline staff if you need to store it in a fridge or freezer.
Exploring Your Destination
One of the joys of traveling is trying new foods and experiencing different cultures. However, as a lupus patient, you need to be cautious of what you eat and drink. Avoid raw or undercooked meats, seafood, and eggs, as well as unpasteurized dairy products. Stick to bottled or boiled water, and avoid tap water, ice cubes, and drinks with ice.
If you plan on doing any physical activities, such as hiking or swimming, make sure to wear appropriate clothing and gear. Don’t overexert yourself, and always have someone with you in case of emergencies.
After a fulfilling trip, it’s important to ease back into your routine and give yourself time to rest and recover. Make sure to follow your medication schedule as advised by your rheumatologist, and monitor any changes in your symptoms. If you notice any unusual or persistent symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
Lastly, don’t forget to cherish the memories and experiences you’ve gained from your travels. Lupus may be a part of your life, but it doesn’t define it. With the right mindset and preparation, you can still live a fulfilling and adventurous life.