Traveling with Chronic Illness

Summer is officially underway and vacation plans are in the works! Our big vacation isn’t until September but we’ve got some short trips we will take before then. I spent quite a bit of time in the car on Saturday driving Hubs to Camp Carolina Trails, where he works for a week every summer as a counselor to kids with diabetes. It is definitely a passion of his and something that he is very good at! We’ve been married over 6 years (together almost 10) and I had never seen camp plus his camp staff were amazing in their support of our adoption so Abby and I drove his up on Saturday so that we could take a look around as well as meet the staff.


The car ride up was peaceful and uneventful thankfully, however, the same cannot be said for the trip back! We had gotten about halfway home when the storm hit. Abby was asleep and opened her eyes briefly but pretty much stayed asleep throughout the whole ordeal which was great since I was crying for the both of us. I have driven in storms before but nothing like this. This one came out of nowhere. One moment the sun was shining and the next you couldn’t see five feet in front of you. Needless to say, traffic came to a halt. Soon it wasn’t just rain but hail that was at least the size of a quarter. That is when I freaked out. The sound of the hail hitting the car was so loud. I was just waiting on the windshield to break. Thoughts were racing through my mind. We were stuck in the left lane so there was no where to pull off. I felt like a sitting duck. What if the storm got worse? What if a tornado hit (not that we are in a major tornado area – but still)? The only thing I could see was the taillights of the SUV in front of me. I called Hubs crying and he prayed and it worked. The storm lasted another ten minutes or so and it lifted. Within 20 minutes there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. Abby was still sleeping peacefully in the backseat. I wanted to pull over and throw up but I refrained and it wasn’t long before we were safely home. Praise the Lord for His hand of protection!


Hopefully, that will be the last of travel drama for our summer. Ok. That is unlikely but a girl can dream right?


In honor of our weekend, I thought I would share some of my favorite links with travel tips for traveling with chronic illness! I know that I need all the help I can get!


Advice for World Traveler (or would-be travelers) with Disabilities and Chronic Conditions via Chronic Babe

Tips for Traveling with a Chronic Illness via But You Don’t Look Sick

Traveling with Extra Baggage via Women on Their Way

Travel Links via Chronic Babe

A Spoonie’s Guide to Disney



Hopefully this links can help give you some tips for your summer vacations this year! What is one tip that you would share about traveling with chronic illness?


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  • Reply adventuresindinner

    Thank heaven’s for the baby being asleep! We’re going through a nasty bout of our little one throwing-up almost every time we’re on a trip. It’s not making Summer Day Trips seem quite so appealing.

    June 13, 2011 at 10:16 am
    • Reply Jamee

      Oh, that is so not fun! Is it car-sickness or just bad timing with other issues (viruses, etc)? Hopefully that gets better for you!

      June 13, 2011 at 11:17 am
  • Reply FeliciaFibro

    Quarter size hail?! That would be scary to drive in! I’m sure Abby staying asleep made handling it all a lot easier. Thanks for sharing my post!

    June 13, 2011 at 2:57 pm
    • Reply Jamee

      Had Abby been awake & crying I think I really would have lost it because I know all of the noise would have really scared her but thankfully she was a sleep trooper!

      June 14, 2011 at 1:20 pm
  • Reply liz

    Storms are the worst! I used to love them until I was in a really, really bad one, and that completely changed my viewpoint. Thank goodness your drive went OK.

    June 13, 2011 at 10:20 pm
    • Reply Jamee

      Yeah, I’m not sure I’ll think about storms the same ever again! I was never so glad to see blue skies as I was on Saturday!

      June 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm
  • Reply Jessica

    The last week of school, my younger son and I were in the car rider line at the middle school when a torrential downpour started with bolts of lightening shooting down right in front of my car, wind whipping like crazy and tree branches flying through the air. This in a town prone to both tornados and hurricanes. Needless to say…I had a panic attack!

    June 14, 2011 at 10:15 pm
    • Reply Jamee

      OMG! How scary!!! I think I would have cried!

      June 15, 2011 at 8:11 am
      • Reply Jessica

        I did!!!

        June 15, 2011 at 9:28 pm

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