Life with MS & EDS

June 23, 2009

Traveling with Copaxone

Filed under: Uncategorized — by mseds @ 10:18 pm
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Since starting Copaxone back in February, I’ve avoided traveling.  I telework from home, but my office is in D.C.  I traveled down last month, my first trip down since last fall, but stayed at a friend’s house so that I’d have access to a freezer (for my ice pack) and a microwave (for my heat pack.)

This week I had the opportunity to attend a conference.  I need the training credits to maintain my project management certification, so I decided it was time to figure out how to make a hotel stay work.  I’m afraid of doing shots without heat and ice, so I had to work out a way to get those things without microwaves and freezers since staying at a suite wasn’t an option.  I discovered that glove-warmers (those things you snap or shake to warm up) make fantastic heat packs.  I also remembered those old-fashion ice packs that you unscrew and fill with ice.  All hotels have ice machines.  I’ve never used them before, but I finally have a reason to need them!

Tonight’s shot took longer than usual, but it went well!  I should have read the glove warmer instructions sooner.  Once exposed to air and shaken, it takes about 15 – 30 min. to get hot.  Other than that delay, the glove warmer and ice pack bag worked just as well as my standard routine.  It’s nice to know that I can travel without worrying.

Tomorrow’s challenge will be reaching my shot location.  It’s one my husband usually helps with, so I have a feeling I’ll be finding an alternate location instead.



  1. Another thing to keep in your kit as a back-up, on the off-chance you’re somewhere that doesn’t have an ice machine, would be those ice packs where you have to ‘break’ them to get them cold.

    (Do you know what I’m talking about? They have an outer bag and then an inner bag, and, when you break or pop the inner bag and shake them, the chemicals combine, and they get cold).

    They’re not ideal and never seem to get QUITE cold enough or last long enough (for regular injuries, imho; I have EDS but Chiari and SM instead of MS, so, same ol’ stuff mostly but no injections (or product-placement nurses calling me or anyone who knows what it is… 😉 ), so it may or may not be enough, and/or, you may need more than one, depending on how long you like your cold, but, just a thought as a back-up plan for some Bates-esque motel that doesn’t have a working ice machine), but they’re fairly typical and essential mainstays for a decent first aid kit anyway, so, if you don’t have any in your car, you should anyway 🙂

    They’re like the inverse of the heat pack to me, so, I figured I’d throw that out there, but, it sounds like, otherwise, it sounds like you came up with a great solution: so glad it worked out for you!

    Comment by Eliza — June 23, 2009 @ 11:16 pm

  2. Thanks, Eliza! I remember those from childbirth. I took an armload of those ice things home from the hospital. I had forgotten all about them, so thanks for the idea! I’ll definitely get some of those as back-up for next time. My back-up plan this time was to go down to the bar and ask them to fill the ice-pack 🙂

    Comment by mseds — June 24, 2009 @ 6:13 am

  3. Going to the bar should, obviously, be the FIRST-LINE plan.

    Comment by Eliza — June 24, 2009 @ 10:58 am

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