Medicines, medicine, and more medicine...

Trip Start Jul 05, 2010
Trip End May 15, 2011

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Flag of United States  , Massachusetts
Saturday, June 26, 2010

So today marked the first day in our "10-DAY-COUNTDOWN" to our departure.  Being procrastinators to some extent, we have anticipated these days to be a bit on the hectic side, while we try to get our lives in order before our departure.  There are countless things we should be doing and should have done by now, but let's focus on what we (tried to) accomplished today.

For the most part, the day was spent washing clothes, packing all of our belongings, and placing things into boxes for storage, going to the pharmacy, and on the phone with the pharmacy and the health insurance company.  As described yesterday by Kinga, we decided to opt-out of the skin-thinning side effect filled malaria medication and have been trying to get our insurance company to give us Malarone, a much more friendly drug again malaria.  The battle started over a week ago, when at the travel clinic the doctor prescribed an antimalarial because it was her experience that insurance companies threw a fuss when they had to pay for patient's Malarone prescriptions.  As it turns out, a 30-day supply of the stuff is $1,600 USD and we need about 160 pills...each.  This would total over $10,000 worth of Malarone, so I'm not suprised they are making us jump through countless hoops to get it paid for.  We also picked up our strong antibiotics against severe stomach bacteria and parasites, pain killers, anti-diarrhea pills, bandages and first aid ointments, and antacid.  Still, we will need to go back to the pharmacy daily for the next few days, as per our agreement, we may only request two 30-day supplies of Malarone per 24-hour period.
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