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Old 06-09-2008, 09:55 AM   #1
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Air Travel with PICC / Medical care in Maui

I have a PICC and am being treated with Rocephin / Flagyl here in MD/DE/NY. But I am travelling for 10 days to Maui, and am wondering if anyone on this board knows how I can travel with the drugs (or have them pre-shipped out there, or dispensed out there?). I am worried about the no-liquids rule on the airlines. Can you imagine if the TSA confiscate 10 days worth of Rocephin? Doesn't bear thinking about. $$$$
And I also am looking for a nursing service out there....and maybe even somewhere I can have the PICC taken out (as it is due out while I am there).

I know its a long shot....I don't know if Lymes even exists in Maui....but thought I'd try!

Thanks,
Sarah

 
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Old 06-09-2008, 06:21 PM   #2
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Re: Air Travel with PICC / Medical care in Maui

I flew from Louisiana to Colorado a few months ago. I was on IV Doxy at the time. The medication was in those eclipse ball type dispensers, they use a vacum to slowly release the medicine. They needed to be refrigerated, so I bought dry ice and put them in a colapsable ice chest, the dry ice has to be able to vent. On each ball there is a tag with the presciption info. The airline security opened my bag and looked though it, but they didn't give me a hard time about it. I also had my flushes in the case. They did also pull me aside for a "random" screening before boarding. But again, I just did what they asked and it was no problem. My meds where going into my port-a-cath, so I'm not sure about the PICC line. I just had paperwork from the surgical center saying what it was.

I'd call the airline if your unsure of what you need to do, just for a sense of security that you won't miss your flight over it.

Enjoy Maui, wish I were headed there. Best of luck.

 
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Old 06-10-2008, 02:57 PM   #3
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Re: Air Travel with PICC / Medical care in Maui

Thanks popeyesmeowme! That really helps. Where do you buy dry ice?
Sarah

 
Old 06-11-2008, 04:21 PM   #4
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Re: Air Travel with PICC / Medical care in Maui

I bought mine at our local Super One store. I'd try the phonebook too. Just make sure that your meds aren't place directly on the ice. I put a folded towel and it seem to work fine. Another thing, don't buy the ice too far ahead of time, even in my freezer it was half of what I bought overnight. It just evaporates.

 
Old 07-06-2008, 10:07 AM   #5
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Re: Air Travel with PICC / Medical care in Maui

Hi Smith20,

I travel every 3 months to my LLMD. I just put all my antibiotics in big ziploc bags in my suitcase with all the supplies and put a note for the TSA in the zip lock bag in case they inspect it. I tell them how important it is for me to have this medication I give them my persoanl information cell # and tell them if they have any problems to please contact me.

I have never had a problem and have done this twice!

Form what I recall unless your meds are in the vaccume sealed balls that need to stay refrigerated than you will not need the dry ice. I was on both Flagyl and Rocephin and they never had to be kept cold!

You wil be fine and if you are really concerned call the airlines!

Have a great trip and don't stress. It will be fine!!!!!!

Take Care,
Onmyway

 
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Re: Air Travel with PICC / Medical care in Maui

Hi Sarah, I agree with the others. You should not have any problems, I never did either. As a back-up, you could get a letter from your doctor stating that you are on these meds. The liquid rule does not apply to medication.

Have a great trip!

 
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