Getting Healthy

Cormac and I realized shortly after being assigned to Equatorial Guinea that we need to start prepping our bodies for a new environment and new health threats.  One of our first stops was the health unit at the State Department where we received a list of all of the vaccines and pills we will need for our tour.  We absolutely must have the yellow fever vaccine, or the customs officers in Malabo will turn us away.  We also need to update our hepatitis A, typhoid, tetanus, and rabies vaccines.   Before we leave we will have to decide which of the three malaria medicines we want to use.

If you asked either one of us, we are lucky enough to say that we are in nearly perfect health.  However, we both complain almost daily about back and joint pain.  So in addition to our required vaccines and medications, we’ve been working towards taking care of our skeletal issues before we leave.  We found a fantastic chiropractor who not only does adjustments to make us feel better in the short term, but also prescribes exercises to strengthen our weak spots to prevent long term issues.

We signed up for classes at a yoga studio and have been attending five or six days a week.  It’s amazing how much better we feel after stretching, and how much improvement we’ve seen in our posture since we started.  I hope we keep up with our yoga after we move.  It would be such a shame to lose all of the progress we’ve made!


My favorite posture. I’m just so good at it!

And in order to stay healthy abroad, I’ve purchased a ton of “pharmacy” items for our consumable shipment!  Here’s a list of what we purchased, just in case someone else wants an idea of what to pack in their consumables.  Let me know if you think we forgot anything!

First Aid

  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Neosporin
  • Band-Aids

OTC Medicine

  • Ibuprofen
  • Mucinex
  • Loperamide (anti-diarrhea)
  • Loratadine (Claritin)
  • Dayquil
  • Nighquil
  • Antihistamine (benadryl)
  • Hydro-cortisone (anti-itch cream)
  • Pepto
  • Meclizine (Motion Sickness)
  • Calcium and Magnesium supplements
  • Multivitamins

UPDATE: Items Added Based on Suggestions of Friends/Family/Bloggers

  • Eye Drops
  • Eye Drops with antihistamine
  • Tums
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Sunscreen
  • Aloe
  • Tylenol
  • A 220v Heating Pad
  • Gatorade Powder

8 thoughts on “Getting Healthy

  1. Good list! The only things that jumped out at me were eye drops (and antihistamin eye drops), ace bandages, and rubbing alcohol. And, of course, suntan lotion, after sun aloe and after sun skin lotion, though I guess those aren’t technically OTC things.

  2. You’ve got a great list! I would also add:
    Natural tears eye drops – not sure if your area burns garbage or crop fields, but eye lubricant is a good must have. Also cough drops and Vicks vapor rub.

    Add rubbing alcohol and sunscreen lotions, lotion (Curel is best and cheapest in my opinion, and some foot cream (especially if you are barefoot a lot) I like BagBalm (square green tin that you can get in Walgreens usually). Bug spray! And a few of your favorite lip balms. Powdered Gatorade is a great suggestion too!

  3. Hey Lauren,

    I just showed Mary your post. She said you guys should take Tylenol with you and some Tums or Pepcid.

    Take care! Cindy

    P.s. that’s my favorite yoga pose too!

    Sent from my iPhone

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