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 Post subject: Re: Overseas travellers - avoid blood clots
Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:38 pm 
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Wow Stark
such bad luck
So sorry for you
And thank you for the warning
I always try to do some exercise and walk through the plane from time to time
And very little alcohol on the airfield and in the airplane

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 Post subject: Re: Overseas travellers - avoid blood clots
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So sorry to hear this Stark and wish you a complete recovery.

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An ounce of prevention is certainly worth a pound of cure. Take care, mites!

Thanks, Stark and you take care too :k

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 Post subject: Re: Overseas travellers - avoid blood clots
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Thanks for the warning Stark :gflower: and hope you have a complete recovery.

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Wishing you a speedy recovery Stark...........so sorry to hear of your medical problems. :cry: :gflower:

Yes DVTs with the possibility of a following Pulmonary Embolus are very real complications from flying, and need to be highlighted.

Your warnings should be taken on board by all long haul travellers...........better safe than sorry. :rtm:


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Especially so Val :thumbs_up: and I believe anyone sitting inactive for a long time

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 Post subject: Re: Overseas travellers - avoid blood clots
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Especially so Val :thumbs_up: and I believe anyone sitting inactive for a long time


Absolutely Dotty. :thumbs_up:


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Thank you all for the well wishes, I'm pulling through. :gflower:

I travel a bunch for work and pleasure, and I never really thought about blood clots - never had to! I just wanted to do my part to keep our online population as healthy as possible. :thumbs_up:

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Glad you're recovering, Stark :gflower: Deep vein thrombosis and clots are a very real concern for anyone who takes long-haul flights, I guess that I'm kinda surprised that you weren't aware of it. BA even has a series of in-seat exercises published in their in-flight magazine, plus they encourage passengers to move around from time to time during the flight — but then, perhaps BA is the world leader in long-haul flights? I know that some US carriers discourage passengers from moving about the cabin even during longer flights, despite the dangers of DVT :roll:

It's great that you've started this thread so that others who may not have known about the risks of DVT for long-haul travelers are made aware :thumbs_up:


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Having just done a long haul flight to US and back, we were well aware and warned by our airline to do exercises and move around .... BUT I do think it is a case of (for us anyway) 'it will never happen to me'. Will certainly take it seriously in future now though.

Stark, wishing you a speedy recovery!

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Hi Stark. Sorry to hear of your DVT problems and I wish you a speedy recovery.

DVT can be minimised by wearing compress stockings on long haul flights. They are usually available at most airport pharmacies and are relatively inexpensive.


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Flew with KLM this year and they had some tips and tricks in the magazine issued to each traveller
suspect most airlines have them in the magazine which can be found in each seat

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I battle to sleep so move around quite a lot, but imagine if all passengers did this and several hundred people were trying to walk around.
The 'in seat' excercises also help.
I think they put on seatbelt signs at night to try to keep us in our seats to avoid disturbing others in the limited space. :doh: :doh:


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I battle to sleep so move around quite a lot, but imagine if all passengers did this and several hundred people were trying to walk around.
The 'in seat' excercises also help.
I think they put on seatbelt signs at night to try to keep us in our seats to avoid disturbing others in the limited space. :doh: :doh:


We all have to visit the loo on a long haul flight, so after I've finished, I always make that an opportunity to take a long wander via the next compartment before going back to my seat! :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Overseas travellers - avoid blood clots
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When travelling long haul we travel Premier Economy.
This equates to the cost of three economy seats.
Being somewhat large the extra room is hugely beneficial.
Also being in a separate area is far more relaxing.
It is quiet, relaxing and easy to move around.
The queues for the toilets are shorter and you are not on the route to the toilets in economy class. This is an issue particularly at night.
It is particularly good when flying overnight, the ability to relax, sleep and to arrive at your holiday destination ready to enjoy it.
Whilst I appreciate not everyone can afford or indeed wants to travel premier economy it suits us, both of which are nearing old age pensioner status!!
Wearing lose fitting clothing and socks is highly recommended as is removing or at least untieing shoe laces.
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