In just over two weeks, I shall be flying away to Tanzania. I’m going on safari and am hiking and camping outside with ALL THE ANIMALS and I couldn’t be more excited. The travel part and the peopling part scare the crap out of me but I don’t have time to be afraid because I still have so much to do. So my fears can suck it! Ok, I probably don’t have that much to do but it sure feels like it. I think it must just be the anxiety kicking in.
One thing I’m not anxious is my health. I’ve been vaccinated up the wazoo and am feeling quite smug about it all. Ha. Mind you, this doesn’t mean I’m totally safe and of course I still have to take precautions but considering that I took nothing when I went to Peru, I am feeling pretty darn good!
I just took my Dukoral this morning and that was an interesting experience. I felt like a scientist as I mixed up the buffer fluid and opened up a tiny vial of vaccine to add to the mix. The only recommended vaccine I didn’t get -and the one I probably need the most- was the rabies vaccine.
Why? Because I love animals and will be petting any and all that approach me-Save for the wild ones of course. Sorry, not sorry. I hear drying of rabies is the worst and |I’m just not keen to go out like that. So, why not? Welp…the vaccine costs two hundred and fifty-five dollars, a DOSE and a person needs…drum roll please…THREE DOSES of the stuff.
Yeah, that’s not gonna happen. And I feel really bad about that but just no. I have already spent the equivalent of one half of my pay cheque on vaccines and hey, guess what? I don’t get pay cheques anymore because I quit my job in June!
The nurse told me if I get scratched, bit or licked on an open wound I need to wash the site for twenty (!) minutes, douse it in alcohol and seek medical attention. I’ve already had one run in-literally- with an animal known to carry rabies and lived so hopefully that still holds. Wish me luck in that department!
Its all so exciting, at any rate! Hopefully the next time I go somewhere I wont need as many meds but I’m not really complaining. I’m super grateful I get to go anywhere at all. I never thought I ever would so this trip is a dream come true.
Do you get all the recommended vaccines when you travel? Have you ever contracted anything while travelling? Tell me all about it!