Traveling is one of life's great pleasures. There's nothing like the feeling of freedom you get when heading out of town to visit friends, experience new cultures, or just relax. Whether you recently started taking warfarin or have been on it for years, you might be worried that the testing requirements of the drug will limit your ability to travel. Luckily, when you subscribe to Alere Home Monitoring, you can go where you want, when you want, taking your INR testing regimen on the road with you.
With this newfound freedom, the world opens up and travel become practically limitless. So, wherever your plans take you, here are some handy tips to make sure you can relax and enjoy everything your journey may bring.
Make a List and Check it Twice: Planning for Your Trip
Just as you plan all the details of your trip: where you'll go, who you'll see, and how you'll get there, you can easily and effectively plan to test your INR levels wherever you go. Before the ease of Alere Home Monitoring, travel would be restricted to places with easy access to a lab capable of providing INR testing. You would then have to take time out of your busy schedule of sightseeing or visiting to get the testing done according to the lab's hours of operation, not according to your personal schedule. However, with Alere Home Monitoring, your freedom to go and do and be is built in, since you can test your INR levels wherever you want, making plans according to your personal testing schedule.
You may think you are heading out the door for just a day or two, but sometimes plans change: flights get cancelled, an amazing opportunity to try something new presents itself, or a place is just too nice to leave. If you've brought the exact amount of medication and fingerstick testing supplies with you for the number of days you planned to be gone, then you might find yourself stressing out about getting the supplies you need to last the extra days. By taking an additional day or two of warfarin and your other medications along with you, you'll have a cushion and your stress levels will thank you. By the way, the same thing goes for underwear and any other consumable necessities that you can't live without.
Watch Your Altitude
If you are heading to new heights (literally!) this trip, speak with your doctor before heading out of town, as significant changes in elevation can occasionally lead to INR instability. In a study reported by High Altitude Medicine & Biology, researchers found that traveling to high altitude can result in a decrease in INR value. Therefore, if a trip to the mountains or on a plane is in your future, your doctor may need to adjust your dosage or add additional testing to effectively monitor your INR levels. Alere Home Monitoring has your back when it comes to the ability to test on your own schedule and enables you to work with your clinician to easily make any adjustments to your testing schedule, your diet, or medication dosing.
Keeping hydrated is always important, but when you are traveling, it becomes even more essential to your health. The air in places like airports and airplanes can be very dry, making it even more important to drink plenty of water. In addition, if you head to the gym or go for a hike, make sure you drink enough water to compensate for your physical activity. Finally, avoid alcohol, caffeinated, and sugary beverages as these can further dehydrate you.
We've all heard horror stories about luggage being lost, so before consigning your suitcase to a porter, be sure to put your INR monitoring device, finger stick testing supplies, and medication in your carry-on bag. When you head through security, you can even ask the TSA agent to visually inspect your medication instead of running it through the X-ray machine. According to the TSA website, liquid medication is allowed in carry-on bags in excess of 3.4 ounces in reasonable quantities for the flight, but you must tell the TSA officer that you have medically necessary liquids at the start of the screening checkpoint process.
With Alere Home Monitoring you can go where you want, test according to your doctor’s orders, and always have peace of mind of up-to-date INR levels. We wish you bon voyage for wherever your travels take you. Be sure to take lots of pictures!