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Health Care Video Series Coming Soon

Photo: Debra at a medical appointment

Debra completing paperwork during medical visit

Health care on the road is an important topic for nomads, whether or not they also deal with the aftermath of a brain injury. Medical care for nomads is a topic that we are asked about frequently, but it is also of interest to both of us because of our backgrounds in science and health care. In recognition of this reality, we are planning a series of videos on health care and medical topics that will air in the coming weeks.

We likely will add more videos to this series over time, but so far these are the topics that we have planned. Please let us know what else you would like us to cover as well.

Wednesday Wow – His and Hers TBIs

It’s true and, so far as we are aware, somewhat unusual. Two nomads, a couple, who both happen to have traumatic brain injuries that originally occurred about 20 years ago. In a lot of ways, that is where the similarities end. We each sustained a traumatic brain injury via a different mechanism and, as is so often the case with brain injuries, we deal with different symptoms to varying degrees as a result of those injuries.

All of this is interesting enough by itself, but when we decided to become a couple (Debra required some pursuing…) we discovered that the differences in our TBIs created some unique challenges. Despite being aware of these differences, we made some further discoveries about our respective brain injury symptoms during our recent trip to Florida.

This video will highlight some of those differences in symptoms, while also considering how they impact us as a couple. We are confident that this video will be helpful to people who have brain injuries, those who have loved ones with brain injuries, and caregivers who interact with brain injury thrivers.

Weekend Toolbox – Medical Care on the Road

Benjamin Franklin is famously credited with observing that “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” As nomads, we still face these two realities. Those of us who would like to postpone the former (death) also find that the importance of maintaining access to medical care is another reality that we cannot avoid.

Access to quality health care is a challenge for millions of people around the world. Even those in developed countries with comprehensive health care systems still too often find it difficult (or even impossible) to access care because of the cost or living a considerable distance from the providers that offer the level of care that they need. Nomads face yet another set of challenges because of our mobile lifestyle.

Fortunately, there are solutions that may help to at least mitigate some of the challenges for nomads if not eliminate those challenges entirely. In this video, we will share what we have learned about accessing health care on the road from our perspective as nomads who sometimes require advanced specialties and who also have a professional background in science and health care.

Weekend Toolbox – Prescription Medications on the Road

Picking up a prescription at the pharmacy is a routine, if sometimes inconvenient, part of medical care for many people. Prescription medications present some unique challenges for nomads, however, as refills may be due while you are thousands of miles away from your “home” and normal pharmacy. Yet another challenge for nomads, particularly those who are boondocking or traveling in vehicles without refrigeration or air conditioning, is how to safely store prescription medications.

Do your medications need to be refrigerated? Do your medications need to stored at “room temperature” and protected from heat or cold? How do you refill an essential prescription when you are far from your usual pharmacy?

We will explore all of these questions and more in this video as we share what we have learned about managing prescription medications on the road.

We hope that you will find this video series helpful, if not now then as a reference for the future when you may need to access medical care on the road. Please leave a comment below to let us know what information about medical care for nomads you would find most useful.

6 Comments

  1. meri dian

    Really looking forward to these!!

  2. BERYL

    Hi Robert, I’d like to know how nomads manage sleep apnea whilst boon docking. Especially those who use a CPAP machine with a humidifier. How do they ensure they have sufficient power to ru n the machine and how do they deal with the condensation issues caused by the humidifier?
    Many thanks

    • Beryl, I do not have any direct experience with using a CPAP while boondocking, though I do know several people who do.

      My mother uses a CPAP and needs to bring it along when they are traveling in their RV. Sometimes they are plugged in and it is not a problem, but she ended up buying a special battery pack for her CPAP that allows her to run it at night as they do not have enough battery power in the RV.

      I know another gentleman who also uses a CPAP in his van. He just runs his through the inverter, but he has plenty of solar panels and a sizable battery bank.

      The numbers I am seeing online indicate a CPAP usually draws anywhere from 3 to 6 amps per hour, depending on model and pressure settings. That would work out to 24-48 amps over 8 hours – so even a single 100 amp hour battery would be able to power that assuming it was fully charged and nothing else was drawing power (like a refrigerator). It would likely be more comfortable with 200-300 amp hours of battery capacity though to allow for some margin.

      We will try to include this in the health care video along with any additional information we can dig up that may be helpful.

  3. Donna G

    You go above and beyond in the work/services you do for other travellers. You both, deserve every good thing that comes your way.

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