Well, this is not a post I’d ever want to have the expertise to write, but alas, I do. We just returned home a few days ago and I’m still recovering. I almost never get sick, but when I do it’s bad.
First, let me share a couple tips that may keep you from getting a bug. You probably paid a lot of money for your vacation and I don’t want to see you waste any park days in bed. I did not follow these tips and I ended up missing two days of our trip. I blame myself for not taking care of my body.
- Stay hydrated while traveling. I was exposed to the bug a few days before I left and I thought I had fought it off. But on the way down I wasn’t drinking as much water (because I didn’t want to stop to pee! Duh) and my body couldn’t flush out the troublemaker.
- Go easy on the sugar! I don’t eat a ton of sugar at home (I used to, but not anymore), but Disney is special and the desserts are soooo good. I was eating dessert with every meal (darn you, dining plan!) and that’s when my immune system lost the battle with the bug.
- Sleep at least a little. I was up quite late, got up early, and I was up every 2-3 hours with my nursling. So I was a bit more worn down than normal. Be smart and go to bed!
If you do wind up sick at Walt Disney World here are a couple things that might help you out:
- Bring a few provisions. I always have: bandaids, Neosporin, Tylenol and Tums. After this sickness, I’m adding BioFreeze. It helped with the aches and pains. I’m also bringing epsom salts from now on!
- If you’re in a park, go to first aid. I was so grateful for their tremendous help. They have everything and they will give you over the counter meds (for free!), ice, puke buckets, you name it. They also have a place to lay down if you don’t want to leave the park. My kids were also sick and they gave us baby Tylenol right then and gave a dose for the road. I mentioned before that I’m fairly naturally minded and I do not like giving medicine, but if there ever was a time for it, I believe it’s at Disney World when your poor baby has a headache that’s knocking him on his back.
- All the quick service locations will give you water for free. It’s a Law of Walt. He made that a rule way way back and Disney has honored it. Many ailments are simply dehydration. It creeps up on you fast in Florida. Drink, Drink, Drink! And if you start feeling even the slightest bit bad, double up on the water. Skip sodas because of the sugar content.
- Take a bath. This is why I’m bring epsom salts. They are excellent at easing soreness so they are an asset on a trip even when you don’t get sick. So nice to soak your feet after walking all day. But when you are sick, they can draw toxins out and help you recover faster. If you have a car, head to the grocery store for salts, biofreeze and maybe a heating pad.
- If you have to go to the doctor, don’t worry. There are some excellent options. Centra Care is Urgent Care with free transportation. https://centracare.org/florida/visitors/
- If it’s an emergency or a case where Disney would like for you to see a doctor, they will pay for the transportation. When I had a problem during my last pregnancy, Disney paid for the ambulance and for a taxi back to the resort.
- Let Disney know that you’re sick. They will do what they can to help you and you may receive a little extra magic.
- Relax. I know it completely stinks to be on your back in bed, hurting when you are missing your vacation- something you’d probable looked forward to for months. But being upset about it won’t help you, so just let it go. Say a prayer, whine to God for a minute and then let it go, let it go! (See what I did there?)
Looking forward to the next few posts because they are much more fun than this one! See ya real soon, Smart Moms!
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