As I write this, I’m stuck in bed with a double whammy of bronchitis and upper respiratory infection. The powerful cocktail of antibiotics, steroids, inhaler and codeine cough syrup my doc has me on should wipe any traces of illness out pretty quickly, but it got me thinking…what if this happens while I’m on the road?
I’ve been coughing non-stop for about 2 weeks now. I don’t think my hostel-mates will be too happy with me hacking up a lung all night, every night. So what do I do if I get sick on the road? Do I have to rent a private room every time I get the sniffles? How do I find a doctor? What if I can’t get a prescription filled? The easy answer? I’ll figure it out.
There are doctors, pharmacies, health centers, and hospitals all over the world. If I’m so sick that I need to rent a private room, go to a doctor, get medicine, or go to a hospital, that’s what an emergency fund is for. There’s a lot to be said for prevention. Keeping in shape, practicing good hygiene, eating healthy unprocessed food whenever possible, making sure you are up to date on all of your immunizations, and using common sense (i.e. if the water isn’t potable, only drink bottled water) can go a long way towards keeping you healthy in the first place.
My plan is to be gone for years. No way am I going to avoid sickness the entire time I’m gone…and that’s ok. I’ll take things as they come. I certainly won’t wait 2 weeks to go to the doctor like I did for this illness. There’ll be too much to do, too much to see, too many people to meet, to waste so much time being sick. 🙂
If you have a topic you think I should write about, advice to share/ask about travel, or just want to chat, please leave me a comment! I’m on day 4 of staying home/doing nothing because of this stupid sickness and starting to go a little crazy (yes, that means I was still working for the first week and a half of this because I tried to convince myself I wasn’t sick). Keep healthy and travel on!