Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Doxycycline is an antibiotic, so taking it on a daily basis has its ups and downs. The ups are that it helps combat organisms other than Malaria (such as the kind that give you traveler's diarrhea) and that it's cheap. The downs are that it has to be taken for longer periods of time and has some yucky side effects such as photosensitivity, the possibility of a yeast infection, and since it's an anti-biotic it also kills beneficial bacteria (think gut) and reduces the effectiveness of birth control.
Malarone is an anti-parasitic. Its ups are that you have to take it for less time, there are fewer reported side effects, and it won't interfere with birth control. But the downside is insurmountable: it costs like a bazillion and half dollars for an 8-week course (more like five hundred-thirty-something dollars) and we need 6 months each.
After doing some research (mostly at Chase.com) we decided on the doxy. Our travel doctor recommended we try a Canadian pharmacy in the area that mail orders drugs from Canada. The guy got us a great price (about half), but we had to sign some paper saying we understood that the meds we were receiving were from a country other than Canada. Hmmm....
Sounded fishy so we called him up and asked him exactly which country they were coming from. The answer was a shocker: the U.S.A.
Apparently it's cheaper to get drugs that have been shipped from the U.S. to Canada and back to the U.S. again than it is to get drugs straight from the U.S.
No worries. Obama will fix it. ;)
Sunday, December 7, 2008
So as you might expect, Kyle and I have to get stuck with multiple needles before heading out to
Japanese Encephalitis B. AKA the expensive one. A 3 course series runs $145/shot. That's 6 x 145 = $870 for both of us. But: Of people who are diagnosed with this mosquito-borne disease, 1/3 die and another 1/3 suffer permanent brain damage. We thought it was best to dish out the cash and be glad we won't end up (brain) dead.
Hepatitis A. Kyle had to get this one, but I already got it a few years back when I went to
Influenza. The doctor told us we can feel good about this one because it comes from pig farms in
Typhoid. Kyle got the injected version, which is good for 2 years. I got the oral version 3 years ago and since it's good for 5 we're both on the same schedule for the next one.
Also recommended (but we've already had): Hepatitis B, Meningococcal Meningitis, and updates of our MMR and DPT. The CDC also recommends a Rabies vaccine for travelers of our sort, but apparently there's a limited amount available and they're saving it for people who have already been exposed. Rough.
Friday, December 5, 2008
On our way out of town, we had a flat tire and it snowed the whole drive. We've never had a drive to or from NYC where the weather wasn't terrible. Good thing we're out now. We're back in Dublin, and it's been pretty awesome. Hot tubs, fireplaces, and babies. I can't complain.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
the support of my friends and family
lots of T-day goodies
Barack Obama winning the election
and all that I've learned in NY.
enjoy your bird!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
So things are going OK on the apartment sale front. We've had some other people buy some of the furniture and whatnot as well. With only 1 week left at work and 2 weeks left in NY, I'm starting to get a little antsy. My ecofreak sensibilities can't stand the thought of throwing away anything useful.
The Farmer's Market at Union Square
We went to the Farmer's Market in Union Square today to order our turkey. I love the Farmer's Market, and the weather was beautiful today. It was my favorite thing in NYC so I'm glad we visited it again before leaving. That, and street musicians (of which we saw plenty).
Saturday, November 8, 2008
We've decided to make our goodbye party into an apartment sale as well. We're calling it the "First Crack at our stuff" party. First crack because whatever our friends don't buy we're putting on Craig's List.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
We just booked two one-way tickets to Bangkok and Barack Obama is the President-Elect of the United States.
Last night was an incredible experience. We were driving down 125th Street in Harlem when we suddenly became part of an impromptu victory parade. People were dancing in the streets, strangers were embracing each other, and everywhere we looked there were massive eruptions of glee. The slightest show of solidarity with the rest of the crowd was instantly and whole-heartedly accepted. There was a collective sense that everybody had finally had their voice heard. Everything seemed possible.
It wasn't just Barack Obama's achievement, but all of ours. It feels like peace is possible. Everybody there was so different. People were from different countries and had different color skin but it felt like everybody was involved and everybody was happy. Even the cautious onlookers who couldn't muster as much enthusiasm were still genuinely moved by the good spirit.
It reminded us of pictures of V-J day. But it feels different because this didn't come from war, but from peace. We're so proud of our country.
That being said, we also can't wait to leave. We arrive in Hong Kong on Jan. 11 and leave for Bangkok 4 days after. It feels like the whole world is opening up to us. It's not that everything just seems possible. It's that for us, right now, it is. And we're so thankful.