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    Dear ICers,

    Hi! I hadn't been on a real vacation for 2 and 1/2 years because I was nervous about traveling with IC. Well, this past thursday my parents, husband and I were eating dinner and talking about New Orleans. (I used to live there and love traveling there.) We decided to drive there that night.

    I was worried because I had a cup of coffee and a glass of wine with dinner. (I thought I wasn't going anywhere for a few days and could handle a flare). I drove the majority of the way there. Spent a day and half there and did a lot of the driving on the way back. And I made it!

    There were a few hours that I felt ill, but bathrooms were pretty easy to find especially since I used to live in New Orleans and had ideas where some were.

    If I could do this so can you! Don't be afraid of traveling. It is possible! My best advice would be travel to a location you are familar with for your first trip with IC. Also, the toilet paper in rest stops is so rough try bringing your own if possible.

    I also took bottled water to drink and stayed away from foods that I know for sure bother me.

    I really feel empowered and proud after this trip. I have a longer one planned in October and now I'm much more confident about it. I now know I can schedule events for my self out of Illinois and be able to make them (I'm a cookbook author).

    I hope you get to travel soon!

    I posted some pictures from the trip on my website under the Photos of Victoria in New Orleans July 2003 link.



    ICN Veronica (Victoria)

  • #2
    Yay, Victoria!!! That is so awesome you were able to go and to feel OK during and after. I bet you had a great time.

    Diagnosed August 2001

    Current IC meds: Elmiron (since 2001), Levaquin (one pill after intercourse to prevent UTIs), Effexor (for depression & anxiety)

    Past IC meds: Amitriptyline (Elavil), Hydroxyzine (Vistaril), Detrol LA, Lexapro (for depression & anxiety, but also helped my IC) (They all helped, but I was able to discontinue them.)

    I've been virtually symptom free and able to eat & drink whatever I'd like for about 8 years now.


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    • #3
      I'm so glad for you. And I agree that we sometimes need to get away. We usually go in our motor home, but last month we made a 500 mile trip in the car to visit one of our daughters and I made the trip just fine.

      Stay safe

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