Love that Dirty Water
Trip Start Nov 03, 2008
24Trip End Jan 10, 2009
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I am lying in bed in my hotel room right now because that is all I can do without wearing a diaper or strapping a toilet to my ass. I drank some of the tap water served at the restaurant last night - big mistake - now I have what they call travelers diarrhoea and it isn't pretty. I got up every 15 minutes last night to visit the great white throne and just when I thought I couldn't possibly have anything left in my stomach I went in for another round.
I knew there was a drug store around the corner from my hotel I was not even able to stand up for more than 30 seconds at a time. After laying around all morning wondering if I was going to die a slow "Death by Diarrhoea" I suddenly got a glimmer of hope. The cleaning lady knocked at the door and I dragged my weak body over to answer it hoping she would help me
A few more hours passed and I was getting no better and now I was running out of water. I decided to call the front desk to see if I could get an English speaking person to help me. A man came on the line who spoke a bit of English and I was able to communicate to him that I was sick and needed help. I told him I had diarrhoea but he did not understand. I looked the word up in my Arabic phrase book but he still did not understand. Next I used every word I could think of to describe it: toilet, runs, bathroom, etc. He finally seemed to understand and told me that he would send up some medicine, yogurt and water. I was so relived, help at last.
Fifteen minutes later the doorman showed up with a try full of goods and handed me some pills in paper packaging that did not say what they were for and told me to take two. I silently prayed to God that these were diarrhoea pills and not morning after or constipation pills before swallowing them down.
Its night time now and I am feeling much better, in fact, I am also able to eat - if you call a spoonful of yogurt and a sip of orange juice eating. If I keep this up I will look like a supermodel in no time. I think by tomorrow I will even be able to walk around and check out the beautiful town of Lattakia
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