After $500 and 8 more shots I am all ready for the expedition! I forgot just how painful the Yellow Fever and Typhoid Fever shots were. It did not help that the nurse at the travel clinic mistook my shoulder for a dart board and I am NOT kidding. The lady gave me all 8 shots in less than one minute. She definitely will not be receiving any post cards from me on my trip.
I also was armed with an digestive care kit as well as Anti-Malarial medication. I am laughing my ass off after reading about the medication side effects on WebMD. I guess they still out weight the downside of Malaria. The doctor told me that the most common side effect in men was "crazy dreams"....great!
The following side effects are associated with Lariam Oral:
Common side effects:
|Problems with Eyesight||Less Severe|
|Cannot Focus Thoughts||Less Severe|
|Abnormal Trouble Sleeping||Less Severe|
|Loss of Appetite||Less Severe|
|Head Pain||Less Severe|
|Feel Like Throwing Up||Less Severe|
|Throwing Up||Less Severe|
|Stomach Cramps||Less Severe|
Rare side effects:
|Mental Disorder with Loss of Normal Personality & Reality||Severe|
The great thing is have to take this stuff for nine weeks! There is no cure for malaria it actually just keeps your liver from getting fried if you do get it.