Chronically Ill: Travelling by myself to Mayo Clinic FL first time

Posted by kaytieg @kaytieg, Nov 15, 2018

Do anyone have any pointers on traveling while being sick. I’m very nervous about traveling myself. Normally someone would be with me but do to it being close to the Holidays nobody is financially able to go with me. Any suggestions will greatly be appreciated.

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Hi @kaytieg and welcome to Connect! It must be nerve-wracking facing traveling by yourself while sick.

While we wait for others to respond with tips and suggestions, you said you are traveling to Mayo Clinic. What condition will you be receiving a consultation or treatment for?

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@ethanmcconkey

Hi @kaytieg and welcome to Connect! It must be nerve-wracking facing traveling by yourself while sick.

While we wait for others to respond with tips and suggestions, you said you are traveling to Mayo Clinic. What condition will you be receiving a consultation or treatment for?

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Cyclic Neutropenia

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Hello @kaytieg, I would like to add my welcome to Connect along with @ethanmcconkey. Which Mayo Clinic Campus are you going to for your appointment? Rochester Mayo Clinic has Concierge Services that may be able to offer some suggestions or help with your travel arrangements:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/patient-visitor-guide/minnesota/becoming-a-patient/concierge-travel-services

If you don't mind sharing, what makes you the most nervous about traveling alone to Mayo Clinic?

John

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Hello @kaytieg

If you are traveling by air, I would suggest that you contact the airlines. They can often offer assistance to passengers in getting through airports and making connections, etc. When you board the plane you might also consider a mask that will help protect you from the recycled air that is part of the airline experience.

I am so glad that you are being seen at a Mayo Clinic. They are an exceptional facility with experience in rare disorders.

When will you be leaving for Mayo?

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@johnbishop

Hello @kaytieg, I would like to add my welcome to Connect along with @ethanmcconkey. Which Mayo Clinic Campus are you going to for your appointment? Rochester Mayo Clinic has Concierge Services that may be able to offer some suggestions or help with your travel arrangements:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/patient-visitor-guide/minnesota/becoming-a-patient/concierge-travel-services

If you don't mind sharing, what makes you the most nervous about traveling alone to Mayo Clinic?

John

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I'm going to the Florida, I really don't think it's one thing in particular. Thanks for the advice.

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@hopeful33250

Hello @kaytieg

If you are traveling by air, I would suggest that you contact the airlines. They can often offer assistance to passengers in getting through airports and making connections, etc. When you board the plane you might also consider a mask that will help protect you from the recycled air that is part of the airline experience.

I am so glad that you are being seen at a Mayo Clinic. They are an exceptional facility with experience in rare disorders.

When will you be leaving for Mayo?

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I will be leaving in December, thanks again for advice

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Hi @kaytieg,

I’d sincerely encourage you to check out discussions in the Visiting Mayo Clinic group on Connect:
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/traveling-to-mayo-clinic/tab/discussions/
Here are a few that might interest you:
– Making decisions about air travel when traveling for medical help? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/how-do-you-make-decisions-about-air-travel-when-traveling-for-medical/
– Tips for first dr visit and tests/appt schedules https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/tips-for-first-dr-visit-and-testsappt-schedules/
– First visit to Mayo: Traveling alone https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/first-visit/

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@kaytieg, I agree with @kanaazpereira's recommendation to review the discussions in the Visiting Mayo Clinic group. In fact, I added this discussion to that group as well. I also modified the title slightly to bring in members who are patients at the Florida campus, like @debbraw @travelgirl @v1crew and @windwalker. I know they will have great tips to add about what to think about when travelling alone for getting around, going to appointments and more.

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Thanks this has really helped out a bunch.

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@kaytieg welcome to connect. Mayo Clinic is Jacksonville is where I go. Many of the hotels in area offer you a free shuttle to and from the hospital. Super Shuttle can transfer you from the airport to one of the local hotels. I would arrange all this in advance that way you are not stressing to get to appointments. You will be surprised how smooth appointments run at the Jacksonville location.. I will be there for 5 days after Thanksgiving. Anything you want me to check out for you? Let me know?

Wish you the Best..
Jackie

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