- Written by Pat Pughe-Parry Pat Pughe-Parry
There is nothing worse than getting sick or running out of your medication while on holiday. Here are some things to think about before you go away
* If you are travelling internationally make sure that any medication you are taking with you is legal in the country you are visiting. This includes non-prescription meds.
*Make sure that all prescription meds are clearly labelled with the person's name and details of the prescription. Each person should carry their own medication because if you are stopped at customs and are separated from your family for an inspection you can get into trouble if you have medication that is not yours.
* Have copies of all your prescriptions and make sure you know the names of the various Generic options. These can change from country to country.
* Get a prescription for a broad spectrum antibiotic to use in case you get an infection. Chat to your doctor.
* Have sufficient meds to cover you for the whole holidays. Dave and I use those handy little containers that have 7 compartments for the days of the week. Being typical ADDers we often forget to either take our meds or whether we have taken them. We keep the container next to our beds and can easily check.
* Make sure you have all the necessary innoculations in plenty of time before you depart so that you can sort out any negative reactions.
* Ensure you have a medic Alert bracelet if necessary.
* Have plenty of medical insurance.
Have your doctor's contact details handy in case you lose your medication or run out and need to arrange a script while you are away.
* If you are diabetic make sure you have sufficient insulin, needles, testing kit and strips and a way of keeping your insulin at the right temperature. Travel can cause your sugar levels to go unstable. Make sure you have some way of treating an unexpected low sugar episode.
* My medical kit also contains: Paracetamol, plasters, antiseptic cream, antihistamine cream, pills for diarrhoea and nausea, water purification tablets, safety pins and even a tiny sewing kit.
* Don't forget about mosquitoes, bee stings and other allergy meds and travel sickness pills if you or your family suffer in this way.
For those who have ADHD
* Many ADDers battle with allergies and the excitement of holidays, change of diet, air travel can all bring on an asthma attack or allergic reaction.
* ADDers have ADHD 24/7, and 365 days a year. To ensure you all have the best possible holiday make sure all the ADDers in the family have sufficient ADHD meds to see them through. If you or your children are well managed ADDers they may only need medication at certain times when they are over-excited or feeling overwhelmed.
The ADDer may well not realise that their behaviour is becoming inappropriate so establish code words that you can gently use to remind the ADDer that s/he needs to modify their behaviour and if necessary take a short-acting methylphenidate to help them get back under control.
* ADDers often have difficulty making new friends and socialising and keeping them on their medication and maintaining as much of their normal structure as possible can help them cope.