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.