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.