I am wishing you well on this adventure and managing the challenges of sailing with epilepsy.
I have Type 1 diabetes, which is a disease that can only be treated with insulin. Therefore, I must have insulin available at all times, plus I need to have a glucometer that allows me to test my blood glucose 6+ times/day. The glucometer requires specific test strips (use once and dispose). The insulin is delivered via an insulin pump that has its own set of proprietary bits and pieces. IOW, I have a bunch of prescription stuff I need to have on hand in order to go cruising. Here is how I handle it.
- I worked with my insurance
approved pharmacy benefits management (PBM) company to get as many items as I could before leaving. I was able to get a one-year supply of insulin, 9-months of testing strips and 9 months of pump supplies. It wasn't easy as the PBM was extremely stuck on the idea that they would only provide a 90-day supply. One of the keys was to ask for a "vacation override", another was to speak with a manager and to realize that I had to reasonably stick to my guns
- Our guests became our delivery
mechanism as supplies started to run low. To date, this has worked really well.
Mail Forwarding Services
- Depending on the medication, you may be able to have a mail forwarding service
like St. Brendan's Isle get your supplies to you.
- Again, depending on the medication, the country that you are going to may have some/all of the medicines required. Diabetes is a global disease. I know that virtually every country that I am likely to go to will have insulin in a pinch. Epilepsy is global as well, and there must be some web-based support networks where other epileptics discuss their travel experiences.
Trips back to the US
- I have been coming back to the US briefly each year to check in with my doctor (required to get the prescriptions renewed). Each year, I get another round of supplies. Yes, it is a bit of a hassle, especially wrangling with the PBM each year, but well worth it in the end.