We were traveling last week, and of course someone in the family was sick. It seems like EVERY time we travel, someone is sick. I guess that's what happens when Hubby and I both work. Both of our sons work and go to college, and daughter Kitty is in school with 1200 other germ infested students. So there are LOTS of germs floating around.
So, what to do when you travel and you have asthma?
We started by checking to make sure we had our Out of State Coverage cards from our insurance company. Then Hubby looked up locations that were covered in the area where we were traveling. There were a few doctor's offices there that would accept our insurance. There was also a hospital.
Then we made sure we packed maintenance medications, the rescue inhalers and allergy medicine. Oh, and LOTS of tissues.
The problem we found when we travel is that we are off our regular schedule. So, we had to remember to take our maintenance medication each morning. At home, we have a regular routine when we get ready for work or school. Not so much when we travel.
We had to put our medicine out on the table in the hotel room so we would see it and remember to take it every morning and every night.
We also checked the pollen count in that area before we left so we knew how much allergy medicine to bring. There are a lot of different sites out there that work well to find your pollen level.
I also took my Epi Pen, and it was interesting because of all the airports and secured buildings we visited, I only had one person stop me and ask me about it. The guard pointed it out on the x-ray screen and asked what it was. It looked a long spring on the screen, so I was confused for a minute. Then I realized it had to be my Epi Pen (it looks a lot different in on the x-ray screen than it does in my purse!) I told him it was my Epi Pen and took it out to show him. He then waved me through security.
We were okay with our allergies and asthma while we were there, but I believe in being prepared. I know that if I DON'T take our medicine on vacation, something will happen and I wish we WOULD have brought it. If I do bring it, we seem to do well. Maybe it's just knowing that it's there and we are prepared.....just in case.