Sometimes life does not go exactly like we planned as accidents can happen causing us to re-evaluate our plans. Suppose you were scheduled to fly somewhere for something fundamental or but you have a concussion. Its only natural that you are going to have doubts and questions like is it safe to still catch a flight?
According to doctors, researchers, and therapists, it is possible to travel after you have spent at least three days in healing. Unless the circumstances are dire or even immediately if the injury did not cause any severe damage, it is safe to fly. However, before you make flight plans make sure you consult your doctor on whether it is advisable for you to travel. Different people recover differently depending on the extent of the injury and the post-injury care they have taken.
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Flying may alleviate some of the symptoms like headache, increased fatigue, and nausea. If after you have gotten the doctor’s blessing to travel, make sure you take precautionary measures to aid in making your flight as bearable as possible.
Here’s our checklist on what to run before boarding
Below are some of the things you should do to make your flight as smooth as it can get for someone with a concussion.
-Before the flight day, get as much sleep as possible as this will help relax your brain. Also, aspire to sleep through the flight if its a long one.
-Preparation is vital, so carry supplies like painkillers for the headaches, head pillows for comfort, sunglasses for the flashing lights and earplugs to muffle out the noise. In some rare cases, too much noise causes internal bleeding in the ears, and you do not need such a death scare. Excess sensory stimulation causes increased brain activity leading to headaches. That is why it is essential to keep it minimal.
-Depending on your country of origin, you are protected by law in the effect that you are sick while traveling. In that, the airline should provide exceptional care for you where possible in things like a wheelchair if you need one. Even though that’s the case, make sure you notify the airline at least two days prior. Doing so will save you the hassle of long check-in lines and crowds. It is also essential to let the flight attendants know so that they may provide you with extra care. It will also explain a lot if you start getting sick mid-air. Some will even make sure you have a first aider on your watch for an extra fee.
-Normal activities you do to relax like watching movies, videos, reading magazines stress your brain and thus are not advised as they will cause a migraine or headache. Anyway, since most things will probably give you a problem, carry medicines to prevent nausea, reduce the pain, and to avoid vomiting for safe measure.
-Since a concussion affects regular brain activity, making you rather slow on easy tasks. As a result, it will leave you confused, and in rare cases, you won’t be fully operational on your own. If possible, you should bring along a loved one or someone to help you with the flight procedures. You may also need help with your medicines and your luggage. Don’t put your faith in the flight attendants fully as they have a lot of people to tend to.
-It is highly recommended to make sure you have a constant supply of water to keep you hydrated as the humidity in the air is somewhat dry. It will also help with your headaches and any other symptoms you are likely to encounter. Also, try to eat as much food as you can before the flight to keep you energized and prevent you from fainting mid-air.
-Try to stick to the same routine you follow at home as your brain has already established that channel. This will reduce the pressures of the new environment. Making sure your brain undergoes the least activity is key to decreasing headaches. Difficult as it may seem, do the tasks you can; like taking medicines at the usual time, take naps when you are accustomed to. After all, the simple measures go a long way in ensuring your comfort.
-Avoid the alcoholic beverages served on the plane or at waiting lounges at all costs. Alcohol will increase your chances of getting sick hence making your journey harder than it should be. Stick to energy drinks or healthy juices.
If you follow the above tips, you should have a smooth flight. That is if nature does not have other plans. Remember, you’re not the only one flying on the plane. Unless its a private jet, you should refrain from situations that could spook other passengers as flying to most people is in itself a complete flight risk.