Being High Maintenance Presents Travel Challenges

Being High Maintenance Presents Travel Challenges
Traveling has been difficult for me the past few years. However, I finally managed to take a trip this week. Until I did, I hadn’t realized how high maintenance I’d become. I actually giggled as I packed my suitcase chock full of the items I would need to maintain a minimal level of comfort. I cannot tolerate being cold, nor can I tolerate being too warm. Because the temperatures at my destination had been so variable lately, it meant packing for either extreme. This included long pants as well as shorts, short-sleeved shirts, and also sweaters. For sleeping, both a short nightie and a long-sleeved, long-length gown. Crazy, right? My worst recent pain is from occipital neuralgia, which is commonly precipitated by a stiff, painful neck. Prevention is easier than treatment. It requires heat and my special pillow to stave it off. I considered bringing my heating pad, but changed my mind in order to close the suitcase. I opted for Tiger Balm and a soft cervical pillow instead. Anxiety (as can occur with flight delays, lost luggage, and the many horrors modern-day airports inflict) can cause my back and neck muscles to tighten, pulling a cervical vertebrae close enough to the nerve below it to cause excruciating pain. In order to be prepared for this result, I packed my palm urchin to relax a possible muscle spasm, along with the necessary pain medication to keep me functional in the event that it occurred. Being
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