jeffro, I like the name. We have a third son named Jeffrey and we always called him Jeffro.
Now, the traveling issues with Sjogrens are a burden, pure and simple. I would have a visit with your regular doc to see if your ears are ok to fly this next week. There are the nasal sprays that will help you when you have the cold/virus issues, but remember that they will also dry out your mucus membranes.
One thing you can do is get a face mask and wear it on the flight. These masks can be gotten in the hardware store 3 to a pack I believe. Also, if you can find some of the cloth ones or have your wife make you some cloth ones this will help also. There are so many germs on the airplanes that I always got sick when I flew.
Another thing you can do for your dry mucus membranes is to bring some clean wash clothes with you from home. Pour water from a bottle of water to wet down the cloth and place it over your mouth and nose. You will have to experiment to find out how to do this in such a manner that the air you are inhaling feels moist. This is a lifesaver when you are ill or feeling really dry. I also have bought cheese cloth by the yard and cut it in smaller pieces that work well for this.I pack the cloths in plastic bags so that I can even carry them with me wet. I even take these in the car as the AC or heat drys me out so bad.
Make sure to get a letter from your doctor telling what disease you have and that you need the water, eye drops, mouth gel etc so that you can present it when necessary. The airplanes are pretty strict so you will need to plan your method of getting things on the plane to make your life better. Always carry antibiotics along with you when you travel and Pepto Bismol etc.
The truth of the matter is that these autoimmune disease make us at high risk for infections. I would also ask your doc to check your immune system for low IgG and low T-cells as these can also be affected with autoimmune disease. It may give you more information that will help you with your treatment plans. Good luck. Irish
P.S. I was also going to add that you might as well start moderating your life style right now so that you do not keep your body in a constant state of stress from being overtired. When you are put on Plaquenil(I would ask about this ASAP) and it kicks in you should feel better. The Plaquenil helps to control the autoimmune attack on the body. It takes 6-8 months to kick in and much of the time docs will put people on prednisone to help with the symptoms until the Plaquenil kicks in.
I hope you have time to read a lot of the threads on this site. They should answer a lot of questions for you. Also, more men are now being diagnosed with Sjogrens. I have one son who probably has it but has not pursued being diagnosed yet. Make sure to get your thyroid checked also as thyroid disease can tag along with the sjogrens. Another thing. Also, be aware that increases in stress in your life will produce "flares" or increase in symptoms.