I get questions about how to deal with Crohn's and travelling.
Well, I just had my first vacation in over 10 years. My last vacation was to England and it was not a good experience. It involved doctors, pills and a very large abscess. Not to mention the 10 hour plane ride home....not a good time.
This time, I took my family to Disneyland. We spent 8 days in Disneyland, SeaWorld, Legoland and California Park. We had a great time, but......
Basically for breakfast I had white toast with peanut butter and a cup of coffee (brewed coffee, not instant), everyday
Skipped lunch, everyday, but had a protein bar.
Lots and lots of water. I brought my Brita bottle with me so I could fill whenever I wanted.
It was very hot (for me) and after 2 days of walking around Disneyland I was done and I started to develop a perianal abscess. I missed SeaWorld so my wife took my 2 boys without me. I felt so bad for them as they wanted me to go, but thought it best that I rest. They understand about my illness and I appreciate that, but doesn't make it any easier for me about disappointing them. The next 2 days were Legoland and California park, both of which I have never been.
Thankfully I felt better after the rest and had no problems the following 2 days. I was still tired by the end of each day, but I had also brought my B12 pills with me which I think helped a lot.
We did Disney again the next day and my wife took them again to California park the day we were leaving whilst I stayed at the hotel to finish the packing she started.
I'm thankful for an understanding wife and family. I felt awful inside that I couldn't do all the things my kids wanted me to do, but at the same time, they know that I just can't.
Ironically, I didn't lose any weight while gone for 8 days. I thought for sure I would....but didn't. Skipping lunch and only having toast with peanut butter, I didn't feel hungry. Maybe the protein bars helped, who knows.
Would I do it again? Hell yes....