Saturday, December 19, 2009

Vacation Plans

Lou asked me if I had given any thought as to how I would take my clinical trial pills on the cruise. These pills have to be refridgerated all the time.  Plus I have to take them at basically the same time every day, two hours after a light meal. I usually eat breakfast at 8:00AM, drive to work with the pills in an insulated bag with an ice pack, stick the pills into the fridge in the breakroom nearest to my office, and then finally take the pills at 10:00AM.

For this vacation, I will have to carry the pills onto the plane, in the insulated bag with the ice pack.  Anyone think that the ice pack will freak out the TSA screener?  Maybe I ought to bring just plain old ice cubes.

Getting onto the plane is just the first hurdle.

We'll have a mini fridge in the cabin to keep the pills cold on the trip.  But we have some excursions that start at 9:00AM.  That means I have to carry the pills onto the tour bus in the insulated bag so I can take them at 10:00AM.  I guess that would be okay. I could put a bottle of water in the bag, too, and it would stay cold.

Lou suggested that I wake up every morning at 6:00AM, have some coffee and toast, and then take the pills two hours later at a very convenient 8:00AM. That way, I take the pills before leaving for any excursion, no insulated bag required.  I guess that would work.  Not cool to have to wake up so early every day on vacation.  But it does sound a lot more convenient than dragging the insulated bag all over the Caribbean and maybe losing it while snorkeling.

The other suggestion that Lou had was to see if I could just take them every night three hours after dinner.  (We bumped it up to three hours because dinner is not a light meal.) I am going to ask the clinical trial nurse what she thinks of that idea. It would mean taking the pills at 11:00PM instead of 10:00AM, and I don't know what she'll think of that.

Oh! One last thought:  when we bought our sneakers today, I saw a pink baseball cap that said Life is Good and I thought, "Yes it is!"


Patti Gibbons said...

Have a delightful trip Karen!!!
And Happy Holidays !!!!
Patti in NY cheering you on.

Doane said...

Hey Karen
I hope you bought the pink hat!!!
We missed you last night, pizza was not the same. Your trip sounds wonderful, I don't know why I thought that ya'll stayed on the boat the entire time. Hope to see you tomorrow. Kepping you in my T's & P's.
Love ya

omerandpat said...

Lou has some darn good ideas--hope you are able to take the pills at 11PM--sounds the easiest way to do it.
Love ya,
Mom and Dad

Anonymous said...

Have a wonderful trip! Enjoy a relaxing time away...See you in 2010. jb

Truett said...

Have a great time and take some good pictures for us.

Daria said...

Hope you have a great time!