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Change of venue

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Welcome to San Diego

In geographic terms, my life went from New York, to Massachusetts, and then back to New York via travel and a stint in Melbourne, Australia. As a young child, I had ear infections and respiratory yuck often. In training for my lifeguarding exam, my arms and legs could always go longer and further than my lungs. My university suite mates had to deal with a lot of late night coughing through countless bouts of bronchitis, viral tracheitis, pneumonia and more. My students got used to their teacher constantly having some sort of something including varying degrees of laryngitis or insane sinus pressure from October through April and then the itchy, sneezy, teary attack of allergy season would begin. By twenty-five I was diagnosed with asthma and have been on bucket-loads of meds since. Insert San Diego – this may be the biggest change yet. Read the rest of this entry

Have inhaler, will travel…What’s in my travel med kit?

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A few of the travel meds

A few of the travel meds

No one wants to schlepp meds around while traveling, right? Who even wants to embrace the possibility of being sick on a holiday that’s taken months or even years to plan and execute. As an asthmatic with many allergies, I carry meds wherever I go. I ditch the outside packaging and make my own med kit that fit in pockets, tiny handbags and day packs. Even Benadryl (antihistamine) is a different formula outside of the US, so I carry my own everywhere I go. Depending on destination, your travel med kit may change (TIP: Always research laws & customs before carrying prescription meds [leave the labels on these]/over the counter meds through customs). Big cities often provide most of what you need (if you can handle a different brand or are not an allergic person) but remote destinations or places with minimal health care tend towards greater care and planning. (And no matter where you travel….pack TRAVEL INSURANCE!) Read the rest of this entry