My husband is traveling to Europe in March for a work conference/collaboration, and I’m seriously considering having the baby and I tag along. It would probably be a two-week trip in 2-3 countries with most of our hotels and food covered, and we can use our airline miles for my ticket…so basically a fairly inexpensive trip.
Problem is, I haven’t flown since summer 2006, which was after my BPPV started but before my MAV started that fall. I did fine on those flights, but again, it was before the MAV. I am honestly really scared to fly now. I’ve had some issues with long car rides or train trips where I feel like I am still moving after I get out of the car (like I’m violently rocking on a boat). When that happens, I need several hours afterwards to just relax and rest.
With this trip, I’d be dealing with a long flight, a big time change, arriving in the morning with probably little sleep (and having to continue on a train that day to get to our destination), and taking care of a baby who will then be 12 months old (he has to come with…I’ll probably still be nursing and it’s just too long to be apart from him). Anyway, I’m worried that I’ll completely panic on the flight, or feel just so awful after the flight that I can’t function, or a myriad of other things. My worry too is that most “calming” drugs are not breastfeeding-friendly (need to ask my doctor about that). But dang, this is an awesome opportunity, and just like our wedding or having our baby, I really don’t want MAV to get in the way of it. I might be able to do a test run during the holidays this year…we recently moved further away from our families, and the drive is too long. It would be a shorter flight, at least, and no big time change to deal with.
So anyway, do you think this trip is manageable? I know that many of you fly, so how do you deal with flying? If you feel movement after getting out of a car, do you still feel that way after a flight? What medicine do you take, if any? How do you deal with time change and the lack of sleep? (the latter can be a big trigger for me). Thanks for any help