San Pedro Week 2: My Ventures with a Toilet
Trip Start Oct 10, 2007
43Trip End May 15, 2008
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I started my classes on a Monday and moved in with a family. By Tuesday night a torrid storm of nausea had began in my stomach. I vomited 8, 10, more times than I can remember and more than I ever knew my body could produce. I quickly learned the phrase "muy enfermo" (I am very sick). Wednesday I got up went to the school (easily done as my host family was literally down stairs) and said "I am not going to class, I am leaving my host family and finding a hotel", in some sort of Spanish of course. With a fever, an intensely sore throat and a stomach and lower digestive track that wouldn´t stop grumbling I began my search for a pharmacia, crackers and a hotel room with its own bathroom
Thursday was spent drinking electrolyte drinks and keeping a trash can comfortably close. I returned to class on Friday where my maestro (teacher) seemed glad to see me. Somehow I learned some Spanish while running to the bathroom now and again. I was very excited Saturday as I felt much better but Sunday woke me with the other end chasing me to the bathroom. I have found that befriending a few westerners who have settled here to be quite helpful. I quickly picked up a recommended medication and took some Imodium. Definitely bring Imodium.
It is now exactly a week since the beginning of a treacherous trip for my stomach. Peace has set in and I´ve actually braved some local restaurants and used my Steripen water purifier for the first time. Sometime between tonight and two weeks I should know if that worked. Many foreigners are very open and explicit in sharing their encounters with food poisoning and amoebas. They have informed me that I should be quite ok in eating whatever I want now. I thought adding a few pretty pictures would balance out the content of this entry:)