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That Time When You Forget Your Inhaler… Sigh

So… we did it again.

We were traveling to see family and remembered to pack the Albuterol vials and nebulizer. Some of you may remember my post about our last trip where we thought, “we won’t need the nebulizer this trip – we’ll just bring the inhaler instead.” Boy, were we wrong!

This time we packed ALL the medicine…I saw Hubby take the nebulizer bag and albuterol vials out to the car and assumed he had packed the other medicine bag. Sadly, it takes 2 bags for us to pack all of our different medicines for a variety of chronic conditions.

When we got to family’s house 4 hours away, I unpacked and I looked for the bag to take my medicine.

And it was nowhere to be found.

I realized then that Hubby had left the 2nd medicine bag sitting on the kitchen counter at home. Great.

So, now what? My pharmacy doesn’t have a location where we were staying. I could call Pharmacist and ask him to call in a 48 hour supply to a chain pharmacy near us. Sometimes pharmacies can give you an “emergency supply” if you find your stay extended, you prescription expires and they have to contact the doctor, you lose your medicine, etc.

But, will insurance cover another maintenance inhaler or will they say that it’s too soon for a refill? It’s important to take your maintenance inhaler every day to keep the swelling down in your lungs.

I have my rescue inhaler and nebulizer, so that’s the most important thing. If I have an asthma attack, I have all the medicine I need.

I wondered if I should cut my trip short and head home the next day.

There were some other daily medications that I REALLY shouldn’t skip.


Update: we are back home now, but we had a little family emergency – so I didn’t get a chance to call my pharmacy. But…. I could feel a BIG difference in my lungs by missing only 2 days of my maintenance inhaler. I had to use my rescue inhaler every day while we were there.

Have you ever forgot your medicine on a trip? What did you do?

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