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Topic: traveling with meds (4 msgs / 134 lines)
1) From: Sue Stevenson
OOps, I should have updated the subject line on my last reply. Sorry 'bout that
Sue Stevenson  wrote:My mom and my brother are diabetic and both went to Costa Rica with me last year. They didn't have any trouble although I know they were worried (especially my mom) about losing/breaking their insulin vials. Make sure you carry enough insulin and supplies in two separate spots - one set kept with you at all times. Don't forget to bring  a copy of a prescription just in case. It should make it easier for a local doctor to write a new one for you should you need it.  My mom uses an insulin pump and made sure she brought supplies and meds to give it by injection also just in case something happened to her pump.  
 
My brother did have a little trouble the first few days with regulating his blood sugars. It was so hot and humid there, and he was on the go all the time. He is an active person anyway, but everythng was so fascinating, we hardly stopped. Hiking through the jungle, walking on the beach, night hikes to find giant sea turtles, you name it! Just be sure to bring more glucose testing supplies than you ever think you'll need so you can keep a real close eye on it. And extra glucose tabs! 
 
I'm sure it's probably easier in the bigger cities. We were mostly in little towns with no pharmacy or medical care at all. Hose, Limon, and the other larger cities are well equipped.  Being an ER nurse and a mother, I probably over prepared! I brought everything but the kitchen sink! Complete first aid kit including epinephrine for allegic reactions! I had never been out of the country before, can you tell! Sue
Clifton Burkett  wrote:
Thanks for the info! Assuming I get the system upgrades done at work by fall
I would like to take a tour of a few Hawaii farms. I have never been to
Hawaii yet. I haven't totally ruled out Costa Rica yet either. Course I'm a
diabetic and I always worry about carrying a bag of syringes and small vials
filled with clear liquid in other countries!
Clif and Odie the Corgi dog - SomeWhere in Florida

2) From: Jerry Procopio
As a retired travel agency owner, I would advise anyone leaving the 
country to purchase travel insurance or to at least check with your 
health insurance company to see if you have coverage.  Travel insurance 
is relatively cheap and usually covers you for both medical care and 
medical evacuation if you need to be transported back to the US for 
medical care.  This is especially important for people on Medicare.  
Medicare does NOT cover you outside the USA.
Jerry
Sue Stevenson wrote:
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3) From: Sue Stevenson
Excellent suggestion! Thanks for the tip.
Jerry Procopio  wrote:As a retired travel agency owner, I would advise anyone leaving the 
country to purchase travel insurance or to at least check with your 
health insurance company to see if you have coverage. Travel insurance 
is relatively cheap and usually covers you for both medical care and 
medical evacuation if you need to be transported back to the US for 
medical care. This is especially important for people on Medicare. 
Medicare does NOT cover you outside the USA.
Jerry
Sue Stevenson wrote:
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4) From: Clifton Burkett
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Good tip. Since my doc also speaks Spanish he could write them in =
Spanish
just in case. US Airlines will allow syringes carry-on on domestic =
flights
but haven't checked on carry-on restrictions for other countries or for
other carriers. 
 
Clif and Odie the Corgi - SomeWhere in Florida


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