I got to the airport around midnight even though my flight isn't until 6:30 because my roommate was driving me. APPARENTLY the check-in desk doesn't open until about 4:30 AM. Which means I'm stuck on this tiny bench for the next couple hours. There's like only one other person in the whole place, it's so weird. I'm really trying to sleep, but I don't really fit on this bench that well. Also, I'm a little paranoid about someone stealing my luggage...even though there is literally nobody else here. I'm so excited to get to Houston and meet all my teammates. This is going to be the trip of a lifetime.
Tonight, I got all of my documents sent off to Random Acts!! I had to fiddle with my scanner for about 15 minutes to get it to work, but now my Passport photo page, Background Check, and Vaccine information have all been sent off. Only about a month and a half to go until I'm on a plane!! I can't wait!
Today, I began the major part of getting organized for the trip. My mom and I went down to University hospital in Louisville to get my Typhoid vaccine, and I got a crash course in disease prevention while abroad. Although it was a bit overwhelming at the time, I like knowing that I'll be safe on the trip and know what to do if anything comes up. I also got a folder to keep track of any important documents I might need before or during the trip. You never know what you'll need to have, and I am very skilled at losing things.
My Typhoid vaccine was (thankfully) available in a pill form. I despise needles, so I was pretty happy about that. I have to keep it refrigerated, and I take one pill every other day. The pills need to be taken either an hour before eating or two hours after, and they are to be taken with a large glass of water to help them bypass the stomach. They gave me reminder stickers, a bracelet, and set me up with text alerts, so I guess a lot of people forget to take them. This is the last vaccine I needed before the trip, so now I'm good to go!