Tuesdays are Your Turn – Vacation Flares
When you have an asthma kid and you tell people you’re heading out on a short summer trip and then at the last minute, halfway to your destination, you have to turn around, head back down the mountain and cancel your reservations, you’ll probably get questions like this:
“Is it because of AG? Is she okay?”
To which, after our recent smoking car debacle, I wanted to answer, “Yes, she’s fine, but my sanity is being sorely tested right now.”
When I think back, though, I can’t remember my daughter ever having an asthma attack bad enough to cut a trip short, change its itinerary, or cancel it all together. Holidays, sure, but never travel plans, partly because we were young and poor and fresh out of college when I had AG, so what little spare money we had went to student loan payments and other university debt. We only traveled in order to visit our families. In other words, we never took real vacations because we couldn’t afford them, not until very recently.
But we’ve also gotten pretty lucky. Our only non-local ER trip involved the Sidekick and strep throat one Thanksgiving night while visiting Mr. and Mrs. Asthma Mom-in-Law when they lived in New Jersey.
How about you?
Have your/your kid’s breathing problems ever changed your travel plans or the vacation itself? What did you do about it?
Thanks for your consolation on the vacation fail, by the way. It’s been a rough week, but hey: life goes on for all of us and – related – so does AG’s breathing.
Those are the important things.