Boy, Are My Arms Tired

I got FIVE shots today.

  • Yellow Fever
  • Tetanus
  • Typhoid Fever
  • Hepatitis A & B
  • Meningococcal Meningitis

I passed on rabies and polio, so there is a chance I will spend the rest of my life in an iron lung or foam at the mouth. Oh well.

Everyone at the travel clinic was sort of aghast at my travel plans. On the form I had to fill out, under “itinerary” I put “everywhere”. Most people come in because they have a very specific trip they have to take. The lady to took my payment thought was I was doing was “highly risky”. She was also probably in her mid 60s.

Most of the information they gave me was straight off of the CDC website. In fact, they gave me a bunch of printouts.

I have to schedule two more shots for hepatitis. One no sooner than 30 days and another no sooner than six months. I’ll try to get the second one in Honolulu and the other in Australia or something.

Strangely enough, the shots didn’t really hurt. I think I have a high threshold for pain and a low one for discomfort.

Against Yellow Fever I Shall Be INVINCIBLE

I drove down to REI in Milwaukee and got most of the clothes I need.

  • 3 Pair of ExOfficio Boxer Briefs
  • 2 Quick drying t-shirts
  • A combo duffle bag/backpack
  • Quick drying bath towel
  • 2 quick drying (notice a trend here) shirts, buttoned
  • Lightweight rain coat
  • Lightweight, insect repellent hat
  • Socks
  • Dry sack for my laptop

I still have to purchase some shoes and sandals as well as a few other odds and ends. I also got a nice, lightweight tripod that should work with both my SLR and video camera. (3.5 lbs)

In an hour or so I have to go and and get my shots for Yellow Fever, Typhoid, Hepatitis A-Z, AIDS, the common cold, hitting your funny bone, and cancer.

Tomorrow I hope to have my insurance taken care of for the trip.

I love it when a plan comes together.