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Old 11-07-2013, 08:59 PM   #1
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Illnesses while traveling

We've been rving since 1987 and other than a case or two of food poisoning which only lasted a day neither of us have had any health problems while traveling (other than a sprained back which detained us a couple of extra days). Until this year that is. The middle of October both of us caught some kind of stomach flu in Colorado and had to stay an extra 6 days in the CG and then 2 1/2 weeks later just before leaving for home from Arkansas we both came down with a bad case of colds, which now at home all we can do is sit and try to recover.
Starting last April, this has been the worst year ever and would like to forget it ever happened.
Anyone else have seasons or trips they'd just as leave never happened? And who has lucked out by never having any health problems while traveling, or is this just to eventually be expected?

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Old 11-07-2013, 09:14 PM   #2
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Generally you have less exposure to other folks when RVing. Back when we had regular jobs we had more time close to people (we were teachers). As a result more sickness. Of course the longer you RV the older you get. Result...... health issues occur at higher percentages at older ages.

If RV's prevented sickness they would be in high demand for sure. Chalk it up to "that's the way it goes" and look forward to a great '14.

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Old 11-07-2013, 09:16 PM   #3
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Been there, done that - sort of. On our big trip (see sig line) I got stuck in New Mexico and Arizona with a bad cold 1 for one week, then the REAL FLU for 2 additional weeks. When I get a flu shot, I usually feel poorly for a few days. I am in good health in general, so - even at age 70 - I have chosen to skip the shots. 2012 was the one year that I should have had one, since we were on the road for six months straight. The only good luck is that we had Vicodin pills with us, left over from a surgery that my wife had before the trip. With their help, I was able to get needed sleep.

Being stuck in "The Middle of nowhere Arizona" (Holbrook) was not the high point of our travels.

In response to your question, I think that travel in new areas can stress the immune system in different ways, and make even healthy people vulnerable.
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Old 11-10-2013, 10:51 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by wagonmaster2 View Post
.....Anyone else have seasons or trips they'd just as leave never happened? And who has lucked out by never having any health problems while traveling, or is this just to eventually be expected?
Only once did I get sick when traveling. I picked up a nasty head and chest cold I couldn't shake for a few weeks down in FL. We now BOTH take precautions not to pick up bacterial or viral infections. We carry those germ killing wet hand towels with us and that liquid hand sterilizer. It's too much to type here but you must learn how to protect yourself when out in public. Touching contaminated surfaces is where most of these infections come from and not from some sick person sneezing or coughing in your face.

Contaminated food is a whole other topic.....
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Old 11-10-2013, 11:05 AM   #5
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Haven't had any problems RV'ing, but caught a lot of bugs when flying, especially during international travel. Of course, I've been to places where you catch diarrhea as soon as you open the airplane door!
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Old 11-10-2013, 11:44 AM   #6
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We have been fortunate. We don't get sick often anyway. Never take the flu shot. Granted we are getting older, but so far other than hip problems for me, nothing to worry about. We are prepared in case of serious illness or injury but hope we never experience the need. Hopefully, you are just having a bad year and next year will be better for you.
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Old 11-10-2013, 11:53 AM   #7
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I had a bout with diverticulitis in Custer one year. Headed over to their small hospital and met with some of the nicest docs you can imagine. X-ray and MRI showed it plainly and they prescribed some meds and never even mention money, they just billed our home address. Good folks.
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Old 11-10-2013, 12:46 PM   #8
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I had a mole under my arm swell up I mean swell up the size of a big marble. Was somewhat worried about it all weekend. Went to a dr in Murray Ky he took one look at it said it was madder then a wet hen, cut it off and burned it shut. Said it wasn't cancerous. But would send it in anyways.
He too sent the bill to my home addy
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Old 11-10-2013, 01:43 PM   #9
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Had a heart attack this week. I was able to walk out of the RV and lie down on the gurney. I have never been in a medical emergency. The fire fighters were amazing and reassuring. The KOA manager was right there and offered to watch our dogs. Seems almost all of the KOA staff asked how I was doing.

Something to keep in mind is to keep the RV park information handy in case you too need to call 911. Knowing how to turn the emergency flashers on and remembering to do so would have been helpful.
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DW had back surgery, which got a hospital acquired infection. Five more surgeries to clear that. Then a PIC line for 15 months with weekly blood draws to chart the progress. I learned how to change the PIC dressing and draw the blood samples to be sent to the lab. The next year she fell out of the golf cart (said I threw her out), and broke her arm. 6 days in the hospital with setting surgery. Later at home they had to do the blood check thing again. The next year she fell in the yard and cut her elbow on the edge of the sidewalk. It got massively infected when we were on the road. 6 more days in the hospital, blood checks, etc. We haven't had time for sickness. Too many accidents.

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