June 21st marks the first day of summer in Michigan and the rest of the northern hemisphere. With Summer, come vacations, and with vacations, come trips.
Recently, through StomaCloak, I had the opportunity to help sponsor a road trip – the Drive For Men’s Health. The Drive for Men’s Health was an 1,100 mile journey to raise awareness for men’s health. It turns out, it was also a great way to raise awareness for common issues faced by ostomates. Once on the road, Dr. Salisz and I had the opportunity, using Twitter, to ask ostomates on both sides of the Atlantic for their summer driving tips. For extra fun, I have added some suggested road trips to the links within this post.
Driving Tips for Ostomates
We received suggestions and tips from the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.
Our friend Thalia Skye who lives in the United Kingdom tweeted:
— Thaila Skye (@ThailaSkye) June 12, 2014
Canadians Jessica Grossman and Rashid Clark gave us some tips from “Up North”:
— Jessica Grossman (@JessGrossman) June 12, 2014
Back in the States, Stephanie Hughes and the Colitis Ninja had some helpful suggestions of their own:
Driving Tips from Dr. Salisz
I asked Dr. Salisz for his thoughts on making road trips with an ostomy. One thing led to another, and we decided to create this YouTube Video for the Drive for Men crew.
I hope that you find these tips and trips useful. Before embarking on your summer road trip remember to check tire pressures and your car’s fluids, review weather and road construction reports, and fasten your seat belts. Finally, you can make your road trip even better with this great music mix. Enjoy!
Lake Michigan Photo Source: Royalbroil