On a World Detour
Even while we are on the road filming my show Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour I still have to manage my RMS. Although it may not be a surprise that it’s not too different from what I do at home, the main difference is that I’m not always sure where I am going to be spending the night or what types of restaurants will be nearby. Because of this, I’ve found that the only real problem I encounter with my management plan while traveling — and something I need to be careful of — is eating junk food. Why does junk food always seem like the best option when traveling? Sigh…
There is also the fatigue that comes with the long days. The way it usually works for us is we film anywhere from 9 to 12 hours a day. That often includes a lot of driving and anywhere from two to four different stops and/or activities a day. It’s a lot of fun but man it can get tiring. More often than not, I’m falling asleep at like 8 pm. I don’t really know if that’s from working long hours or if it’s the MS — either way it can be a real pain. Days off are a real lifesaver because I will stay in bed until 10 or 11 am, something that never happens at home now that I have kids.
I’ve seen so much of America while filming this show and met so many interesting people along the way — it has been truly amazing. I often found myself in conversation with people living with MS or who have friends/family living with the disease. It’s fascinating and touching to be able to have those conversations with different people with different stories, questions and advice, from all over the country. Traveling around and interacting with people daily makes me realize how many people out there are actually living with the disease. It also shows me how much work still needs to be done to break down the stereotypes associated with MS.
All in all, this has probably been one of the best shows I’ve ever been a part of. In Season 2 of Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour, we decided to make a stop in my wife’s hometown; however, I don’t want to totally give away what we did — you’ll have to just watch! My dad said it was one of the most memorable days we’ve had so far, so I guess that’s saying something. Having the opportunity to spend this kind of time with my dad is priceless. Never in a million years did I think it would have ever been possible. I’m truly grateful.
Anyhow, have a great day.
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