oh, the places i won’t go

I will not be at the following locations on Wednesday:

  • At home nursing my celebratory/mourning hangover
  • Army and Navy’s annual shoe sale
  • Anywhere, caring about the Royal Wedding in the slightest

That is all.

It’s not that I don’t CARE about hockey, and I do want the Canucks to win so I can shake the theory that they’re the Team Abuse of the NHL (you won’t get that analogy unless you were a hardcore competitive gamer in the North American Quake 3 scene circa 2002), but .. y’know, I’m busy. Too busy to drop everything and worry myself drunk over hockey. Ed has informed me that we’ll be getting NHL Center Ice again next season, so I’m kind of really looking forward to the end of the playoffs so I can have a couple months of peace and also stop wearing Khabubulin‘s goalie mask during sex.

We leave for Cuba in 13 days, and I have not yet started packing. This is an extreme show of restraint on my part, as I take chronic early packing to a whole other level (I usually start two months before departure). That ends soon, though – my suitcase is hideous and ready to be stuffed, and I’ve already started hording portable toiletries to bring for cleanliness purposes. I remembered that solid shampoo bars from Lush are amazing, and I’ve got my other various lotions and ointments in smaller jars for travel time fun. I don’t plan on wearing pants the entire time we’re in Cuba, so that should help – pants take up a lot of room, but dresses and bathing suits are small and squishy. I have a bad habit of over-packing, so I should probably get my vacation wardrobe sorted out .. like, tonight. After I vote, I will pack. If I don’t pack now, I might forget everything and that would be horrible. I’m starting to panic about it, actually. I wonder if I could go home early to pack? Oh god.

I do have a question for you, internet: do we need shots before we leave? Ed and I have never vacationed tropically, so we’ve never had to get shots for various terrifying diseases such as:

  • Yellow Fever
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria/Aacellular pertussis
  • Polio
  • Hepatitii
  • Typhoids
  • (Love in the Time of) Cholera
  • Meningococcal Meningitis (quadravalent & conjugate C)
  • Japanese B Encephalitis
  • Tick-borne Encephalitis
  • Rabies
  • Influenza (Flu)
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella
  • Pneumococcals
  • The Pox
  • Shingles

AHH! All of those things sound horrible! Do I need to get needles to keep the nasty bugs away? Will I come home with a thousand tropical and communist diseases? Or should I get us to a clinic immediately and be pumped full of Super Soldier DNA in the hopes of keeping the foul toxins at bay?

Seriously, I’m kind of lost here. Advise me, internet!

7 thoughts on “oh, the places i won’t go

  1. No, not for Cuba. It’d be too late anyway – you need to get them 1-3months before you leave or they aren’t fully effective. But Cuba is safe :)

  2. I got a hep A booster before I went to Cuba (like, the week before)… partly because you’re supposed to get a booster when you’re in your late 20s, so I was overdue, and I tend to err on the side of being paranoid.

  3. We got shots for Cuba, but we were spending half our time away from the resorts. If I went again I wouldn’t even bother – there was no problem finding bottled water to drink, and we ended up leaving all our water purification tablets for the owners of the last B&B we stayed at.

    Also, 2 weeks before departure is indeed too late :)

  4. I’d recommend getting Hep A & B, but more because you can get that anywhere, so why not? Your liver will thank you.

    But more importantly, when traveling anywhere new and odd, bring a round of antibiotics for potential travelers diarhea. Nothing wrecks a vacation more than spending all of it doubled up in the bathroom. :D Tell your doctor you’re going to Cuba, and they should be able to give you a scrip for cipro or something similar. :)

    • er, getting the vaccination for hep a & b. I don’t actually recommend getting hep a & b. That would suck. Your liver would definitely NOT thank you.

  5. I was just in Cuba in November, so I’d agree with those who’ve said there’s no need/time for Hep A & B shots (but they’re a good idea if you have nothing better to do with your money and doctor’s appointments and you plan on traveling more in the future).

    However, definitely DO take some pepto or immodium, as that sort of thing is often needed and that’s just the way it goes. Also include Benadryl tablets, as anything from an array of bug bites or a jellyfish sting can be helped considerably and make you much more comfortable.

    The Cubans are often unable to get simple things like shampoo, toothpaste, t-shirts, etc., so you can bring those and leave them behind. It’s win-win!

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