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So the plan was today was going to be my last day in the office for a week. After Labor Day, I was flying to Las Vegas for a short vacation with my husband.

As it turns out, I am leaving for Florence, Italy on Labor Day for two weeks for work. Sigh. Best laid plans and all that.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited about the trip. It should be quite an adventure. I’ve never visited Florence, and I am hopeful that even with long hours working, I will have time to explore the city. The company is renting me a car (yikes!) so I can get from the hotel to the office so I’ll have, I’m sure, an amazing adventure in Italian traffic.

But for those of us with RA, it’s a bit more complicated. For example, I’ll miss a dose of Enbrel. I can take one before I leave, but I really don’t have an adequate way to keep it refrigerated via two planes and a train and a week in a hotel room.

Add on top of the missed medication the stress of travel, all the lugging baggage around (which I have to do myself as I am traveling alone), sleeping in strange beds, exposure to strange germs, and you have a perfect storm just waiting to break into a major flare and/or case of the crud.

Please send good (stay-well) thoughts my way. I’ll post as I get the opportunity.

And people wonder why I have a bit of trepidation about this trip.

I hope whatever destinations are in your day, they bring you health and happiness.

Thanks for checking in.

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