Sarka’s PBC Blog #6 – November 4, 2022
I was surprised with a vacation in the Caribbean. We would leave in 10 days. Since our daughter isn’t coming with us, there’s a lot to plan in a short period. This is also the first time I will travel outside of the country since my PBC diagnosis.The usual travel essentials are quickly assembled. There is one last item to add: my bottle of Aspirin. Reality sets in…. PBC. I am now taking a lot of medication on a daily basis for my illness ….uh..oh… this is new for me. All this medicine is coming along. I start organizing original bottles and calculate each day. Add a couple of more, just in case. Pack the pill organizer also. Very handy in my beach bag!! I look at the bottles…that’s a good amount to say the least!! Airports, security checks, planes, bus and finally hotel…. A phone to call to my doctor provides me with a letter explaining the reason for all of this medicine. This alleviates my anxiety. As my eyes look at the large pile, I decide to go with what comes to mind in a situation like this… a large Ziploc bag. The letter is added to it. . I was prepared to answer questions,(I practiced a few times!!!) which helped.I had taken the time to organize it. It was all there, in one place. My zip lock bag was see through, accessible , and watery resistant. Waiting for flights, I was also asked by the airlines if we could check my carry on…a simple opening of the suitcase would explain further that the suitcase must must stay with me. Best decision I made with this ziplock bag!! I have been through many airport security since. There are times when the amount of pills, still raises an eyebrow…the clear bag is my ally. Happy travelling!!