Monday, October 20, 2008

Monday Updates & Discussion

Good Morning Everyone,

It's another rainy day in Portland and all is well in the Lucy Office. Plenty of email, stacks of papers, running around, and three computer monitors to look at! As we walk through fall and approach winter, the mood begins to change! The colors that had once bloomed in front of us now begin to fade in front of us. People get ready for the holidays and the colder weather (depending on where you live in the world). I guess what I'm trying to say is - take time to enjoy the life and special moments we are given. I was driving down the street a couple days ago on HWY 217 when I saw a flipped car. At the time only the tow truck was present and it was obvious that the accident had been present long before I passed by. Do you ever find yourself wondering, what if that was you in that car. Half the time I say - It will never be me! Luckily and sometimes unfortunately, we get reminded that this can indeed happen to us. Spend a few moments today to appreciate what you have and appreciate those around you.

I do have one question that has been on my mind since the my trip from Colorado. Does anybody have any fears about Flying on an Airplane? If so what helps you cope with that fear and what kind of advice can you give others?

This should be a fun and interesting discussion! I look forward to hearing about your feelings on this issue!


Marilyn Shoemaker said...

Luc I have a fear of heights but for some reason not of flying. I've flown in jumbo jets, helicopters, float planes, just about every type of aircraft. My favorite is a helicopter, you feel like you're floating.

However, I've known people who either take a "pill" or have many adult beverages in order to fly.

This discussion should be interesting!

Jane said...

I don't have a fear of flying, but I've heard that Xanax might help.

Judy said...

I worked for the airlines, in reservations, for almost eight years. I've talked to a lot of people about their fears, and I have a few of my own. I'm a bit claustrophobic, and turning control over to someone else so complete can be an issue. Meds and I don't respond well to each other, but I've found that a really absorbing book will see me through. I've taken Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and last flight I took couple of Lucy's Harlequin Presents. I found Lucy's most helpful. :-)

lidia said...


I fly a lot for my job. The past 3 months is the first time in years when I can actually drive to an assignment.

I have no fear of flying but do get motion sickness. I always take a dramamine right before a flight (the non-drowsy kind). I end up taking a nap and the flight goes by in no time.

Michele L. said...

Hi Lucy,

I have never had a fear of flying since I love roller coasters and anything that goes fast! I did fly with a friend though that had a fear of flying. She wore headphones and listened to some of her favorite music during the flight. She also reclined her seat and took a little nap which also helped her.

Looks like you have a lot of great suggestions from eveyone. I hope we have helped you out some!

You take care Lucy! Have a great week!
Melis L.

Amy said...

I have a huge fear of heights so I don't fly. I hate to even get on a escalator at a shopping mall.

Unfortunately I have been that person in the flipped car. Twice! Both times happened so fast that you don't have time to think. I was hit by someone coming out of side roads both times. Now I have a fear of people not stopping at stop signs. I have learned Thur the years to take nothing for granted because you really don't know what will happen.

Andre Martinez (Promo Guy) said...

I personally have had a serious problem with flying. When I was young I absolutely loved getting on the airplane. When I turned about 15, something changed and I couldn't possibly stand the turbulence. I've been all over the world and traveling for me has been a huge part of my life. I'm surprised to see that some of you are taking drugs. I never even knew that there were drugs that could help calm you while in a plane. I've personally never taken anything.

These are some of the things I do to help!

I usually calm myself down just before take off. I close my eyes, say a prayer, and imagine that I'm on a bumpy road in a school bus. Lifting your feet when there is turbulence is a great way to make it feel less bumpy. Also, seating placement has been somewhat controversial. I like to use common sense to solve this problem. Front- less bumpy, but during takeoff you generally have a larger distance initially from the ground. So when the plane is lifting you will feel it more! Back - Plain and simple, don't sit back there if you don't like turbulence! Middle (by wings)- the best choice in my mind. You may initially get the bumps faster but the reverberation from the wings will usually increase the feeling in the front and the back much more. Also, the best emergency seats are in the middle!

Headphones are also great too. The biggest thing you can do is relax yourself, distract yourself, and inform yourself. They say you have a better chance of getting in an accident driving to the airport!

Remember - would you rather drive 20 hours or fly for 2.

Andre Martinez (Promo Guy) said...


I'm glad to hear your still alive! One of my family members had that happen to them. How do you cope with the fears of even getting in the car?

Amy said...

The first wreck was not too traumatic, I was bruised and my hubby as well but no one was seriously injured. The second almost cost my hubby his life. He had to be carried by life saver helicopter to a trauma center and his life hung in the balance for a couple of weeks.(15 years ago) This time I was badly bruised but came thru it without serious injury again.
After the second wreck I have had problems traveling. I get panic attacks. I went thru a period of about a year when I just could not hardly get into a car. Over the year's the panic attacks have gotten better but I still only travel long distances when I have too. I just try to stay as relaxed as possible, keep to the speed limits, and I keep a close eye on the other people on the road. I have found that I just have to push my way thru the fear or I would spend my entire life sitting at home.

flchen1 said...

Wow, Marilyn--I do have a fear of heights and while I'm OK in an airplane, helicopters completely freak me out!

For me, I find prayer helpful in helping to let go of some of the anxiety and reminding myself what I do have control over. And as Judy mentioned, bringing myself absorbing reading material and other treats helps distract me well :)

CrystalGB said...

I have never flown any where. I think I would be a wreck.

Andre Martinez (Promo Guy) said...

Crazy enough, last night Dr Phil (yes I watch it sometimes!)had a guest on from Portland who had EXTREME anxiety. Just when you think you have it bad, someone else has it a lot worse!!! This lady was afraid of almost everything in her life.

Susan said...

I have never flown and I don't plan to ever try it. Boy am I big help or what?! :-)

I have been in one of those wreaked cars. It was a one car accident in which I was the passenger, which left me a quadriplegic. I was in the hospital for 3 months followed by another 9 months of living at a rehab center.

limecello said...

I'm deathly afraid of heights, but I love flying. During take off or a landing - if you're worried, chew some gum, breathe deeply and calmly.
And/or read a book. Keep your eyes fixed inside the cabin.
Or, if it makes you feel better, look out. Personally I just try to not let anyone else bother me. Flying is safer than driving or a number of other forms of travel.
Listen to music, pray - do whatever comforts you.
Driving I'm not good with - PTSD from accidents, but flying - even 20+ hr international flights, I'm fine. [If a bit cramped :P]