I had a ton of pre-trip anxiety, and now that my vacation is over with, so is my anxiety.
One of the things I was really anxious about was taking my medicine through airport security. So I decided to mail my meds to my sister so that I wouldn't have to take them through security. Even though you are allowed to take medicine through airport security (even unmarked, such as in a pill organizer), I was still nervous that they would cause a problem for me.
So I mailed them to my sister, and I asked her to bring them to the airport when she picked me up. That worked out fine. I was also nervous that she was going to say something to me about all of these meds I take.... I was having plenty of irrational thoughts.
Irrational thought: She would think bad of me for taking all of these meds.
I tried to replace it with the rational thought: She would be glad to see me and happy that the medicine works for me.
One thing I did not plan for was that my airplane was late and I missed my connecting flight, so I was at the airport for 5 hours. So I didn't have my morning meds to take on time, but as soon as I did arrive, I took my lithium and I felt fine. So, in retrospect, it may have been better to have the meds with me... but I did the best thing for my nerves.
|Sunrise, as seen from airplane, during red-eye flight.|
On the way home, I still had some of the meds that I mailed her, and I brought them through airport security without any problem. They did rescan one of my bags when the X-ray machine beeped, and the TSA agent thought something was funny (I don't know what.. I didn't have anything funny in my bag!), but it was fine. The TSA agents were actually quite nice and relaxed.
By the way, I had a terrific vacation! My mood was good the whole time! I got to see my family and it was so wonderful. I just wish I didn't have so much pre-trip anxiety.