San Pedro Week 2: My Ventures with a Toilet

Trip Start Oct 10, 2007
Trip End May 15, 2008

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

So, looking back to week one, I realize I knew nothing about true food poisoning.  Week one was great, I had no problem, ate, drank, explored, slept, ate, drank.  Week two was spent in a toilet bowl. 

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.  I came across my new English friend and she helped me a bit.  Having traveled around India she was rather sympathetic.  By Wednesday afternoon I had accomplished all I needed and went to sleep only waking to nibble on bits of crackers. 

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:)
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mediafolk on

it's part of the experience
unfortunately . . .

i've had my share of road sickness, the only plus was cleaning out my system and then remembering to be more cautious . . . i actually get tested for worms when i get back home . . . i know it's kinda sick but you never know . . . my sis used to get sick from that every time we came back from my grandparents ranch in mexico . . . okay now i am prolly grossing you out . . . glad you are doing well now . . . prolly 10 lbs lighter but all the wiser for it!!

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