Twitter Recap: Healthy Travel
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT MEDICAL TOURISM? WOULD YOU DO IT?
@CarmelLeeMooney took my youngest Bethesda, MD for a treatment. And mid child to SF for one.
@kimorlando Costa Rica has a million dentists. I hv friends there. Full set of braces +$300. Here cost is $6000. Tempting
@djc319 Not for me !I’d rather be near family if I have a procedure done.Even if it’s really cheap
@PaulEisenberg For med tourism overseas, you def want to find an accredited place.
WHAT’S YOUR SECRET FOR STAYING HEALTHY WHEN YOU TRAVEL?
@mimitravelz wash/sanitize hands 20 times a day. Neurotic.
@thegeekwife As soon as I check into a room I Lysol everything anyone else could have touched in the room & I carry sanitizer everywhere!
@tibstravel Keep basic med supplies in suitcase; can’t count on pharmacy access
@FamilyFriendlyX Probiotics. I swear by them and you can get them for kids too.
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOUR PLANE SEATMATE STARTS COUGHING?
@simplyandreah try to stay out of their air space as much as possible. don’t touch things they do.
@mellanhead when I get off plane I hose myself down with lysol. Lol
@6anderson1world Cough drops and kleenex. Both get passed on down. Without touching
@erodg I tell myself that this is not MY time to get sick.
HOW DO YOU ENJOY FOOD WHEN YOU TRAVEL WITHOUT GAINING WEIGHT?
@sweetmatcha eat more veggies and fruits, drink a lot of water!
@simplyandreah Eat high-fat foods in moderation. Enjoy smaller portion sizes.
@furrykarma I don’t and just cut down before and after
@tomhestonmd I generally do not try to diet when on vacation. I just eat light because new foods sometimes can cause upset.
@mommytravels Travel to a place where you hate the food.
SHARE YOUR WORST SICK WHEN TRAVELING STORY.
@erodg My worst sick when traveling: altititude sickness Arequipa, Peru. Brutal! New Year’s Eve – constant whistle blowing!
@kymri Intestinal parasite from India, sick 3 months following and lost 15 pounds. Finally cured with probiotics from Naturopath.
@CammiLH I think ours have only been jelly fish stings! Yuck!
@furrykarma Once had a blister get infected in Mexico and had to go to local doctor (in a hut) to get a shot in the butt.
@kymri Q5 reminds me of another possible response to Q4: pick up an intestinal parasite = major weight loss!
@Kidprojectorg Two kids puking in the backseat on road trip. Ziplock Tupperware very handy.
Which morphed into a talk about sick folks and housekeeping-
@Go2Kauai I try not to leave my germs around but i do hope they wash sheets with hot water
@sweetmatcha i feel for housekeeping
HOW DO YOU FIND GOOD MEDICAL CARE WHEN YOU’RE OUT OF TOWN?
@judy511 we got pediatrician by asking at a playground
@6anderson1world Out of Country? Go to the fanciest, most $ hotel you can find and ask for referral.
@tomhestonmd In U.S. generally urgent care centers very good. Abroad I look for a U.S. or European med clinic. Is the doc certified?
@mommytravels find a US military base if you need to. They’re everywhere.
@maryheston As a parent good to be trained in CPR / basic First Aid
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