Christmas is almost here and like many families, we will be traveling for the holidays. I have learned to be prepared......just in case.
I have learned to find:
- Where did I put my Out of State insurance card?
- Where is the nearest after hours clinic?
- Where is the nearest emergency room?
I have learned to pack EVERYTHING.....just in case. I pack:
- Maintenance medication (Dulera, Advair, etc.)
- Rescue inhaler (ProAir - Albuterol)
- Tubing kit
- Albuterol vials
If you are staying home for the holidays, it also helps to know:
- Phone number of the pediatrician
- How their after-hours works (we have a network of doctors who each take a night being the after-hours doctor. We call our regular pediatrician, and they have a phone recording to let us know which doctor is available after hours and where his office is located. We then call there to make an appointment.)
- 24 hour pharmacy (in our city there is one pharmacy that is ALWAYS open 24 hours a day. Find out which one is open in your city - it will save you stress down the road!)
Christmas is a wonderful day - but it doesn't mean medical problems stop that day.
One year, we had to drive through our city of 100,000 trying to find a drugstore that was open on Christmas Day. (Son #2 had his tonsils out before Christmas and we ran out of liquid Advil and HAD to find a drugstore that was open so we could buy more.)
Kitty ended up in the hospital during New Year's Eve one year(stupid pneumonia!)
Illness doesn't take a holiday. Be prepared.....just in case.
And Merry Christmas!!