When preparing to travel, we think about the car. We check on the house did we leave it secure while on the road? Are our loved ones okay while we are gone? Sometimes we think about everyone but ourselves. In all the preparations, for hitting the road, did you take time to make sure you are healthy for travel?
The annual checkup
Today I did my due diligence. I checked in with Dr. Steven Bowers and had my annual checkup. Why does it matter?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advises us to have a physical every year. “Regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start. They also can help find problems early, when your chances for treatment and cure are better. By getting the right health services, screenings, and treatments, you are taking steps that help your chances for living a longer, healthier life. Your age, health and family history, lifestyle choices (i.e. what you eat, how active you are, whether you smoke), and other important factors impact what and how often you need healthcare.”
What does a check up include?
A regular check up includes checking weight, height, blood pressure, pulse, balance, and much more. If you have a disease or issue, your primary care physician will make sure that your condition is under control. I am diabetic so Dr. Bowers made sure reports showed my sugar levels are in line and that I am scheduled for a blood/glucose test.
The check-up is a time to discuss issues that have been bothering you. Is there a genetic issue in your family that needs looked into? Are you having problems with your heart, respiratory system, allergies or other issues that need dealt with before taking an extended trip?
Get your flu shot, immunizations or whatever updated shots you may need for the place you plant to travel to!
Do medications need adjusted before travel? One medication I have was adjusted to suit my needs, how about yours? Sometimes before a medication can be refilled it takes a visit to the doctor. It is better to find that out than to be trying to get a refill for a trip at the last minute for a much needed medication.
What if you get sick on the road
You always hope this won’t happen, but if it does, be prepared. Wear a necklace or bracelet if you have a chronic illness. Carry your health insurance card with you. If abroad you might need a short term health policy if your insurance doesn’t cover travel overseas.
Bring your medicines in original containers that are clearly labeled. Have your doctor’s phone number on hand.
These are just a few tips to help keep you healthy for travel! Keep yourself in tip top condition and be ready to roll . Do you have advice for staying healthy while on the road?
You may also want to read about elevating your legs during travel!