We all look forward to Summer - being outside and enjoying nature, visiting a favorite lake, going to the beach, leaving the city for the mountains, yet for people with medical conditions, such as Cystic Fibrosis, enjoying summer activities take a bit more planning. Whether you are staying close to home or jumping on a plane to an exciting destination, there are some important health-related considerations you need to take to manage traveling with Cystic Fibrosis.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation published a great article about"Planning Ahead will Prevent Problems Later" (https:/on.cff.org/2LRuDEh). In this article, the CFF outlines the medical documentation you should take to elevate stress during your journeys.
- Health Summary - A health summary, signed and stamped by your doctor, will provide an overview of your health. This document should have your contact info for your hometown CF care center, a short description of your CF condition and your health status, any known allergies, a list of all medications and a detailed daily therapy guide.
- Oxygen Documentation - If you need to travel with oxygen be sure to check with your airline well before your travel date about what specific documentation you need.
- Customs Certificate - If you are traveling internationally, you may also need a customs certificate signed and stamped by your doctor. This document should explain why you are traveling with a large supply of medicine, medical supplies and/or medical equipment.
- Documentation for Theme Parks - Many theme parks and other special destinations allow people with chronic conditions like CF to obtain a specialty pass that may allow you to skip long lines for certain attractions. Contact the theme park you'd like to visit to find out what documentation they need prior to starting your trip.
Take the time to gather your medical documentation in preparation for your summer outings will provide you the peace-of-mind needed to fully enjoy your activities.