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Old February 16th, 2007, 06:55 PM
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My DH saw our doctor today and before he asked how he felt, doctor asked when was our next cruise.

Does this Officially make this addiction to cruising an Illness?
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If it is I hope my insurance covers it.

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Sail, I think Tom and I have the same illness and each year it get's worse and worse.

We knew this year at Christmas when 90% of our holiday cards were from people we cruised with, people who work on the ships or people we know from cruise chat boards. Our social and daily lives revolve around cruising one way or another. If we did not have cruising we would be lost souls out on a dark ocean.
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My DH saw our doctor today and before he asked how he felt, doctor asked when was our next cruise.

Does this Officially make this addition to cruising an Illness?
I can verify that when I don't have a cruise booked I am clinically depressed.

In Europe they DO commonly prescribe SPA visits for health reasons and in countries like Italy where the health care is nationalized they do pay for fpr people's sap visits. We had that confirmed in an Itlaian spa town full of "pensioners."

Not as far fetched as your little bit of humor indicated, eh?
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Does this mean if I can get my Dr to prescribe a cruise I can get my insurance to pay for it
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Well if you can get your insurance to fly for a cruise then I'm their next customer! Cruising is certainly the sort of activity that gets in one's blood. We're relative latecomers, having started cruising only back in 2001. But we've taken 10 and have one booked. That's pretty close to two per year.

Yeah, I'd call it an addiction!
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Sail,
Our dermatologist has been asking that of us for years! He is just as bad as we are, his cruise total is higher than ours, but he is a bit older than we are. He tells us he plans to keep going and practicing as long as his mind and his money holds out.
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When I was doing my physical therapy for my back fusion operation, my therapist design a program for me to do in the hydro therapy pool on the Zuiderdam and it was so effective it shorten my therapy by 2 months and because my Doctor had signed off for it, I was able to deduct my spa bill on my tax return
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Venice, if you could get a prescription for sea air inhalation therapy then you could deduct the entire cost of the cruise!
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Deduct it from your taxes as a medical expense - now THERE is a novel idea. I like it!!
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If that is the case, shouldn't we be able to deduct the whole price of our cruises as 'stress therapy' or at least for heart healthy relaxtion?
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Works for me! However, I seriously doubt I'd find sympathy within the IRS!
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all i can say is that the day after coming home from a cruise i come down down with severe pcd (post-cruise depression), and the only cure is an immediate trip to my ta to book another cruise. this year, because i bought a new home in the mountains, i'm having to go eleven months (!) before my nov. cruise to hawaii and it is causing health problems!!! not to mention the wearing out of stacks of hawaii brochures and travel guides. i have even developed a death wish: to die on a cruise and have my body shoved off the fantail into the wake -- but it has got to be in warm waters!!!
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I agree. When I do not have cruise booked I feel like there is nothing to live for, and as soon as i have one to look forward to I am happy again.

The need for change of scenery, for open seas and the rocking of the ship, the gentle vibration of the engines and subtle rocking, the uninteruppted relaxation of it all. It is like a narcotic for me, a stress-buster i need.
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I agree. When I do not have cruise booked I feel like there is nothing to live for, and as soon as i have one to look forward to I am happy again.
Thank God I'm not the only one. I was beginning to think I needed a shrink. As soon as I return from one cruise, it seems that I cannot relax and get back into "normal" life until I replace that cruise with another booking. My father told me I should seek out some good counseling ... cause I was probably maniac-depressive.

Yep ... that gentle rocking motion ... especially late at night when I am in my bed ... that's what defines cruising for me. I never sleep as well as I do when on a boat. Nice deep invigorating sleep ... ahhhhhhhh ....

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I don't think your doctor asking about cruises is an indication of an illness; of course the first step is admitting you have a problem.

What he was saying, I beleive, is he feels cruising will heal all your ailments.
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This is the first time in our lives that we actually have 2 cruises booked. It makes us feel so good we don't even have to see our doctors!!!!!
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No cruises booked! Get with it, girl!

We have just one, but I hope to get another one in the pipeline soon.
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I always have one booked, if only in my mind
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Hi sail7seas,

That's always the first question our doctor asks, too! If anyone figures out a way to deduct a cruise as a medical expense let us know !

I admit it. I have a problem. I'm a cruise addict :o ...
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Fern....

The truth of the matter is that when I first started seeing this doctor, it was because of a recent very serious illness. DH and I had a cruise booked and final payment was due. I asked him if I would be able to travel as we would incur a penalty if we made final payment and he didn't approve me for travel.

He told me I would be healthy enough and he had no problem with my traveling/flying on the embarkation date but he did not approve of his patients cruising....period.

Huh??? I could see this was going to be a problem. Seeing we have this 'ADDICTION', how could I see a doctor who didn't approve cruising?

Me: "Okay......what's your complaint about cruising?"
Him: "The heavy emphasis on food and the horrible eating people do while aboard."
Me: "No one stuffs it down our throats."

I told him that (at that point) we had been on over 50+ cruises and we are of average weight. (He had no issue about my weight).

Him: "Well, I guess if you have been on 50+ cruises and your weight is fine, you must have enough control to not over indulge"

He said, "Fine......go on your cruise."

In the three years since I started seeing him, we've been on at least 15+ cruises and he knows it.

Not only does he approve of DH and me cruising the best part of this story is:


HE TOOK HIS FAMILY ON A CRUISE OVER CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR!!!

I saw him about 2 weeks after they returned and he said it was the best family vacation they ever had!!!

How cool is that?

He's a keeper. Gotta love a doctor who keeps an open mind!!!
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Me: "No one stuffs it down our throats."
Gee. There goes MY excuse!
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He's a keeper. Gotta love a doctor who keeps an open mind!!!
You are absolutely right ... hang onto him.

So many doctors have very closed minds about all kinds of activities. I discovered that after my injury in 1999. The doctor who operated on me was very openminded about skydiving. Of course, he was based in Florida and had operated on several skydivers who busted themselves up. I remember how depressed I was after my surgery ... couldn't stop crying ... felt I had nothing to live for any longer ... skydiving was just a big addiction to me then as cruising is now. This surgeon came to see me a few days before I was discharged from the hospital and he made it very, very clear to me. There was no reason I couldn't get back into the air again. It would take about a year of hard work, physical therapy, etc., ... and then another surgery to remove the hardware ... but it was certainly doable and had been done by several of his other patients.

Then I come home and start treating follow-up care with another orthopedist. This guy didn't want to hear the word skydiving. He told me under no uncertain terms ... "your jumping days are over." No debate, no attempt to learn about jumping and how to make it possible again.

Bottom line is that I made my own decision to give up the sport for other reasons ... frankly, I never was any good at it no matter how hard I tried. But, that was my decision and not that of any doctor.

The experience taught me that an openminded doctor, especially one who is willing to work with his patients to keep their quality of life high, is as rare as hen's teeth. So, yeah, Sail ... hang onto him.

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I HOPE they don`t find a cure for it crusing is a great addiction.
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