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What to pack
You may find your medication takes up a lot of room and it is tempting to cut
down on some things, but it is better to prepare for anything! Plane travel, a busy
itinerary, exposure to a different climate and pollution could all have an impact on
your health.
A good idea is to carry a small supply of your most essential medication in your
carry-on luggage in case any luggage goes missing.
The power supply can be different in other countries so you may need an adapter
for your nebuliser and, of course, your hairdryer!
Documents and letters
Carry a letter from your doctor at SCGH explaining your condition and listing all
the medications and equipment you’ll be carrying, including syringes for nebuliser
preparation, insulin needles, and any OTC drugs such as Panadeine. This is as
important as your passport. It will help if you need to see a doctor, but it’s vital if
you’re questioned at customs. Get the brand names right.
Physio
It’s tricky trying to keep up your physiotherapy regime when you’re on holiday,
especially if you’re on a bus, train or plane for long hours or if you’re constantly
on the move. Try enlisting a couple of your travelling companions to give you a
reminder if they notice when you’re getting slack.
Reciprocal health agreements with other countries
Australia has a reciprocal health agreement with the UK through the UK NHS. The
Medicare Australia website has details about this and other countries . To find out
more details visit
http://www.medicareaustralia.gov.au/public/migrants/travelling/index.jsp
Plan your travel carefully and remember that some countries, such as those in Asia
and many developing countries, have no, or limited facilities for CF care.
References
www.cysticfibrosis.org.au > About CF> Living with CF> Travel overseas
The Leeds Method of Management. April, 2008. Travel and Cystic Fibrosis [online].
Leeds Regional Adult and Paediatric Cystic Fibrosis Units, St James’s University
Hospital, Leeds, UK.
Available from http://www.cysticfibrosismedicine.com