One of the concerns I've had with this endeavor of ours is how to manage living with kids with special needs when your home is constantly moving. The primary concern being access to doctors when needed and access to get medication. Today we managed through the second hurdle with a whole lot of legwork.
Yesterday I had noticed there was an Urgent Care very near the harbor here and since I needed to refill two prescriptions I popped in with the kids nearly empty medication bottles and asked if they would be able to give us a new prescription. They took one look at the type of prescription and said they wouldn't do it but that Doctor's on Duty would be able to do it. So I put it off for another day as this would be a brisk couple mile walk for the kids and I.
Today Keith and I with the two youngest in tow started out early and walked down to the Doctors on Duty where they proceeded to look at the medication and promptly said no, they wouldn't be able to refill them. So we hiked all the way back to the boat and I looked up where the nearest ER was to see if they could do it. Later in the afternoon all the kids and I walked to a nearby mall, thinking they had a transit to the hospital which was an hours walk away. Unfortunately the bus that we needed only came through a few times a day so I broke down and paid for a taxi to take us to the ER where they completely understood our position and proceeded to give us refills for our prescriptions.
Lesson learned here: #1 Yes, it will be an adventure just as expected. #2 Just focus on going to the big facilities where the doctors are comfortable writing prescriptions for strangers. The kids for all their hiking managed to earn themselves a smoothie and a sushi night so they were pretty happy. I earned a beer. ;)
I'm the wife of the captain, a mother of three boys and a PM in the corporate world. This blog is my view of life and activities related to our boat.