Family World Trip: Medical Poker



Disclosure: I’m writing this post before meeting with the travel doctors or telling our children that they’ll be getting multiple shots over the next few months in preparation for our family world trip. I expect the doctor to be competent and professional. I expect my children to absolutely lose it when they realize what’s going on – you’ll probably hear their screeches wherever you are.

I’m writing this because firstly our appointment at the UW Travel Clinic is today and secondly because the conversation I had when making this appointment was like a game of poker, a little weird and strange enough that it begs sharing. The receptionist responded to my request for an appointment – my opening gambit if you will – with a laconic sigh. I countered by saying that we’re a family of four and raised a little by saying that we plan to travel for at least ten months. She met the parlay and raised again with a sly “can you list the countries you plan to visit”. I rattled off a list including most of South America, South-East Asia, Southern Africa and the Middle East (just for good measure). The conversation stalled in silence momentarily. My bluff called, she informed me that we’d have to meet with the Director of the clinic – and then added that we were just in time to start our series of Hepatitis A shots. I think she won that hand. We’ll see how things go today when we meet in person.

And naturally, I’ll be sharing full details of all the shots we’ll be getting and why in a subsequent post.

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About wandermom

". . .life is short and the world is wide" - Simon Raven I'm not sure I've ever consciously planned a trip based on this sentiment, but it definitely influences my subconscious! I've been traveling as frequently and widely as possible since I finished school. And I love it. I love the research, the planning, the fervent packing and the curiosity of exploring somewhere I've never been before. My husband & I are both Irish - as in born-in-Ireland. But we live in Seattle. We have two boys: wild, boisterous, regular boys. So, since becoming a Mom, I've been a WanderMom. Given our slightly-unusual family situation, routine "visits-to-Grandma" are international trips requiring passports, 10hr-flights and (oh joy!) airport transfers. I have rants, raves and opinions about how, where & why to travel with kids (start them as young as you can, I say!). I hope to learn even more by researching topics which other wandermoms may be interested in reading about on this blog. Passports, pacifiers, diapers and gameboys at the ready - off we go! Contact Info: Email Michelle: michelle (at) murphnduff (dot) org

3 thoughts on “Family World Trip: Medical Poker

  1. Quickroute

    I was a bit laz in getting shots for my travels – I had to get the yellow fever one because some countries won’t let you in without a certificate (costa rica I think) – better safe than sorry though and make sure you leave photocopies with a friend back home in case you lose the originals

  2. Debbie Dubrow

    I’ll be interested to hear how your appointments go! We had our rtw shots at UW Travel Medicine several years ago & they were absolutely pros – from figuring out a schedule for the vaccines to giving the shots as painlessly as possible.

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