Friday, July 01, 2011
How to survive your fun vacay
Every time I go anywhere, I get sick. I guess you could say, like a fine wine, I don’t travel well.
I went to Majorca, then to Madrid—sick! I had taken along antibiotics, but was so sick, I forgot. I had vomit-amnesia. I had to get a nice Spanish doctor to come to the hotel and relieve me of a nice American hundred-dollar bill. I eventually got home, but a day late.
Covenant Health has some tips I could have used. A physician there, Marbella Zumaya, MD, says plan ahead. Schedule some down time. Also—make a list of all your meds.
Pack a “defensive kit”: your prescription drugs, your insurance paperwork, sunscreen, insect repellent, pain med, antihistamines and decongestants, antacids, motion sickness pills, and some first aid supplies.
Take enough for the days you plan to be gone, plus a few.
Move around on car or plane trips to prevent leg clots.
Check sheets and mattresses for bedbugs.
Wash your hands a lot.
Don’t eat off lukewarm buffets—who knows how long the food's been sitting there.
Drink bottled water. If you eat fresh fruit—wash it with bottled water.
Don’t go in the water with an open wound.
Don’t even SAY open wound to me!