Friday, May 11, 2007

Shot in the Name of Love (Updated)

photo by Belen Mendez
used by permission morgueFile

Today's the day. In just a little over an hour, Pastormac and I are going to the doctor to receive our travel vaccinations. I can't say exactly how many we're expected to receive but I think there are many. I'll come back later and let you know how it went.


We survived! We got SIX! Count 'em. SIX vaccinations EACH! As we were sitting in the examination room, we were able to overhear the Dr. telling the nurse what shots were needed. I laughed when I overheard her exclaim quietly, "Oh my G**!" I don't think she'd ever given that many shots at one time.
Both arms and one leg were required. Here's what we have now been vaccinated against:
  • Yellow Fever

  • Typhoid

  • Meningococcal

  • Polio

  • Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis
  • and
  • Hepatitis A & B Combo

We also got a couple of prescriptions we can fill before we leave. One for malaria, should we travel outside of Addis Ababa and another for severe, ahem, tummy troubles.

The shots themselves weren't really all that painful and the result is mostly just sore muscles and tiredness. I'll let you know if either of us develop any other symptoms. The cost was more painful. Nearly $1000 for the two of us together and none of it covered by insurance. Small price to pay really, in order to stay healthy when we travel.


Jody said...

Ouch!! Good luck!!!

FlipFlop Mom said...

Oh this is the CUTEST BLOG!! I LOVE IT!!!!!

Beck said...

Ow, but so worth it.

Susanne said...

Ouch, but another step closer!

GEWELS said...

Yikes!! But what about dengue fever?

The Preacher's Wife said...

Ya'll are like bullet proof now aren't you?? :))

So worth the cost..!

Cherrye said...

Ouch...both the shots and the bill! $1,000 for shots? I am in shock!

wayabetty said...

I can't wait to meet your new addition to the family!

Rachel said...

I just found your blog today, but I look forward to reading it in the future. Your adoption process will be so fun to read about. I would love to adopt in the future. I greatly admire you for doing it, especially with five of your own.


Melissa Fay Greene said...

OUR court date in Ethiopia (our third or fourth), for two brothers, is May 22. I hope both our families have marvelous news this week. Good luck,

Melissa Fay Greene