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First time traveler, short travel date, lots of questions

First time traveler, short travel date, lots of questions

Apr 3rd, 2019, 08:29 PM
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If I still had diarrhea after two days I would at the very least head for the nearest pharmacy, if not the nearest Urgent Care. I'm not entirely convinced about the safety of the water in the airplane bathroom, although I do use it to brush my teeth.
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Apr 4th, 2019, 11:13 AM
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Well it wasn't a very smart idea to use the water in an airplane bathroom, but I doubt it would make you sick for several days.

Without knowing what all you ate it's hard to comment. Nausea on the plane rides could have been simple motion sickness (those "barf bags" aren't in the seat pockets for nothing!).

Have you tried Pepto Bismol or Immodium?

You know yourself better than we do. At home if you are stressed would you have these same symptoms for a few days??
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Apr 4th, 2019, 12:09 PM
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Immodium is useful if you have to travel with diarrhea, but otherwise it will keep you from hopefully expelling the bad bacteria causing the problem.
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Apr 4th, 2019, 12:15 PM
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We don't know the cause of the problem. Whether it is from nerves or bacterial from bad food somewhere along the line.
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Apr 4th, 2019, 09:51 PM
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Lol, Rachel. Bend hasnít seen 20k since circa 1990😂 donít know if Iíd call it a ďmetroĒ area, but yes, itís been very built up. Everyone wants to live in Bend; not everyone can afford to, so they move near it. There are different reasonsómy sister, for example, wanted to live there because of the sunshine. Itís much sunnier and dryer than the coast. A lot of people move there for the outdoor rec. Some move for the beer scene. A lot of the boom probably comes from the same thing that causes a lot of small towns to skyrocket in popularityóitís made a few ďbest places to liveĒ lists.


Iíve rinsed my mouth with that water too, and thatís probably not what caused it. My guess is since you donít travel often, the change in diet/sleeping patterns is just messing with your digestive system. That happens pretty often to me, and two days isnít long. Unless youíre feeling really terrible, I wouldnít worry unless it persists even longer.
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Apr 4th, 2019, 10:22 PM
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Please, people (suze, marveolusmous), quit offering medical advice! I'm sure you mean well, but unless you are physicians, you have no business offering medical advice. And if you are physicians, I'm sure you know that you risk loss of your medical license(s) by providing medical advice in the absence of requisite diagnostic interactions.

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Apr 5th, 2019, 05:26 AM
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I would see a dr. since it's getting worse. There is a stomach bug going around where I live, but as stated above, we are not doctors and cannot diagnose you.
I hope things are going well with your family!
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Apr 5th, 2019, 12:19 PM
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I did not offer medical advice. None of us, and apparently not Rachel either, know what is causing her distress.

I don't think it takes an internet travel forum to know you should see your doctor if you are seriously ill.
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Apr 5th, 2019, 05:00 PM
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Originally Posted by suze View Post
I did not offer medical advice. None of us, and apparently not Rachel either, know what is causing her distress.

I don't think it takes an internet travel forum to know you should see your doctor if you are seriously ill.
yup. That was based on personal experience only. Thank you for your concern for my license, but I cannot imagine that any regulatory board is going to look at that post and see ďmedical adviceĒ.

Contact your Primary care provider if you feel like the diarrhea is noticeably impacting the quality of your life, Rachel. And stay away from the internet, because soon youíll be convinced your symptoms are caused by cholera. Or Ebola. Or mad cow. (none of which you have. Thatís a joke, in case someone didnít pick up on that.)
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Apr 5th, 2019, 07:03 PM
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My apologies. I should have said, "please be careful not to say things in ways that sound like medical advice."

Rachel: I hope you are feeling better.
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Apr 6th, 2019, 01:07 PM
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If someone at work says "I have a head ache" and I say "Maybe you should take some Tylenol or Advil or something?" I don't consider that attempting to give "medical advice".

Hopefully Rachel is feeling better by now and will check in with us at some point so we can hear how the trip turned out!
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Apr 8th, 2019, 10:23 PM
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I survived.

I didn't mean for it to sound like I was asking for an internet doctor, I was looking for answers about water. Someone suggested motion sickness so I clarified how long I'd been on the ground. Sorta like my cat forum, someone said her cat ate her salad and wanted to know if a vet was warranted; we didn't give medical advice, we asked for an ingredient list so we could tell her if there were toxic food and a vet was needed or if the salad was safe and no vet needed.

It has been quite the learning experience, and I need more help, and hopefully people are still up. My flight home has been delayed, and there's now a 20 minute wait between expected arrival and the next flight's boarding. So I need to fit waiting to be allowed to get off, waiting for everyone in front of me to get off the plane, get off myself, move from one letter terminal to a different one, and get on the new plane before they shut the door. That's not a lot of time (and zero time for food). What happens if I can't get there in time?
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Apr 8th, 2019, 10:47 PM
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I'm glad you survived and no worries for asking anything. I've apologized for over-reacting and hope my apologies have been accepted.

NOW: I'm no expert, and I hope one chimes in, but it sounds like your time is limited, so here's what I would do:
1. Assuming you are at the gate, awaiting your delayed flight, go to the counter and ask the attendant whether there's anything that can be done to facilitate your transfer.
2. Once on board, speak to a flight attendant to see if there's anything s/he/they can do to facilitate your early exit. I've had flight attendants agree to move me close to an exit when time is of the essence and a seat is available -- which is not always the case. Talk to the attendant as soon as you can after boarding (but of course without being rude or overly insistent), as they might not be able to move you if you wait until late in the flight to ask.
3. If you have time, grab a wrapped / sealed snack before boarding. If you don't have time, decide whether it's more important to eat or to make your flight.

Good luck!
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Apr 8th, 2019, 10:57 PM
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Thank you for the quick response. I'll try the flight crew. The woman at the gate keeps saying there's plenty of time unless I stop for breakfast, even though the online map she directed me to says it's an 11 minute walk between the gates.

The woman who checked us in said the plane was delayed by just over an hour and put us on a new connecting flight since we would miss the original one. However since that moment, just over an hour turned into nearly three hours late, which is why it's so tight.

When checking that app I saw I could have changed to a 7:30 or 8am flight at no charge. Another thing on the "I never even thought about asking the question" list. If I had known earlier in the evening I'd be snoozing in a hotel right now.
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Apr 8th, 2019, 11:04 PM
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Let us know how it goes!
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Apr 9th, 2019, 05:31 AM
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Originally Posted by thursdaysd View Post
But not PBJ.

That's silly. You can take a PBJ sandwich on a flight if you wish; peanut butter does NOT have to be in a container, nor does jelly. It's possible (though unlikely) that the TSA agent might ask to look at your food regardless of what you take.
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Apr 9th, 2019, 07:07 AM
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Who said any of this made sense? Peanut butter and jelly DO come under the 3-1-1 rule, although you will probably get by with the sandwich. See:

https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-...canibring/food

PBJs could also be a problem if someone on the plane has a peanut allergy.

Don't you have anything more useful to say about this thread?
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Apr 9th, 2019, 10:41 AM
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doug, Please read this thread before going off topic. There's some kind of important stuff going on here.
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Apr 9th, 2019, 10:50 AM
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How it went......well, I lived through it.

I had planned on eating around 11:30pm, so that I wouldn't get hungry on the flight. Turns out that at Portland the food vendors, well all vendors, shut down at 10pm, and I didn't realize it until the businesses were being blocked off. So that's why we were hungry.

I learned that American Airlines sucks big time. First that less than helpful gate agent, then the stewardess that demanded I shut the cover on the window when I was enjoying the landscape and the sunrise. Their customer service is pretty terrible. So is their planning, when I got to Charlotte I found that my flight was one of many that landed very late with minutes to spare for connections this morning.

I learned that United is great all the way around. I should have flown with them to go home. (And they have handsome pilots.)

I learned that no medicine plus lots of turbulence means that it's probably pretty good that I didn't eat. The fasten seatbelts light was on most of the flight from Portland to Charlotte.

I learned that unlimited mileage is definitely the way to go with a car rental and that the rental car folks have no issue at all with you taking full advantage of it and putting 1218 miles on a car (that started out with only 963 miles on the odometer) in 7 days.

I learned that I forgot how to not pump my own gas.

I learned that clouds are not my friends and that it is entirely possible to drive the stretch between La Pine and Bend twice a day, or sometimes four times a day, without once being able to see Mt. Bachelor.

And I learned that impulsively getting a tattoo 2700 miles from home 1 day before flying home and water restriction during the travel is a terrible idea. Hope I can get my skin hydrated fast.
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Apr 9th, 2019, 11:23 AM
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Glad things (mostly) worked out well for you. This is better than I could have anticipated! Well done.

A few things you are misunderstanding though... At certain times they ask everyone to close their window shades. That's just how it's done, nothing personal. And it's not bad "customer service" that flights are late, that is part of flying and just something you need to plan for. Don't buy flights with short connection times. Yes sometimes clouds block mountain views. If those and an impromptu tattoo are the worst things that happened (compared to what you expected) I say this was an exceptionally successful trip.
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