Last night my nurse called it time to break out the Z-pak. It was a wise call. It got control of my raging fever, I slept much better last night, thus he did too, and I’ve been up most of today. I’m still weak but as I am able to eat more I am gaining strength and so thankful!! The children were so concerned about me and asking if I would be able to be in court on Thursday. He assured them that yes, I would be there. And I will!!
For those of you preparing to follow in this journey, may we advise you to make an addition to your endless list of things-to-do. In the section labeled 14 Days Before Departure, please add this to the list…
Contact doctor to get prescriptions called in (for each person traveling) for Z-pak and Ci-Pro antibiotics, Anti-Diarrhea and Anti-Nausea (Phenergan) medications.
While you are at the pharmacy, also pick up benedryl (if you are traveling home with a young child, it is a lifesaver on the long flight as they will sleep from Europe to the US!) and a generous supply of your pain medication of choice. A family told us of buying two ibuprofen tablets here at a cost of $7 USD!! The medical world in these countries is far different than what we know in the US. Our experience with the little guy in the hospital in Kerch was eye-opening. Be pro-active and travel as prepared and self-sufficient as possible. We shop in large, very modern stores in large cities and there is not one item related to health supplies; no band-aids, aspirin, nothing. They are available only at the pharmacy. The large stores are well supplied with the personal care items in most of the brands you are familiar with from the US (soap, shampoo, shaving cream, razor blades, etc.).
We also brought band-aids, triple antibiotic ointment, cough syrup, cough drops, tums, pepto-bismol, our daily vitamins and dozens of individually packaged antibacterial wipes for hand washing and travel size packages of tissues from Dollar Tree for toilet tissue.
We were glad we brought a few of the Wisp single use toothbrushes for use after meals in airports.
Pack all of these items in your carry-on bag, the large outer zip pocket of ours was perfect.
We are so thankful for that Z-pak and your many kind comments and prayers. I have never had anything like this in my life so wonder if this is a different strain of the flu thus I had no immunity and got slammed so hard. God has carried us every step of this journey and this is one more proof…His faithfulness to heal and provide for us.
No word yet on today’s paperwork submission or the time schedule related to that but we’ll keep you posted as we learn more. And we’re in the 48 hour countdown to court for the 3 siblings…plenty to keep us on our knees and watching expectantly for the great things He will do!!