Brian's Travel Tips: Sickness

Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
Trip End May 30, 2013

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Flag of Cambodia  , Ratanakiri Province,
Monday, November 26, 2012

Being sick in Cambodia

If being sick isn't bad enough normally for you; while living in your own comfy home where you have a bath, warm shower, and all the drugs you need dispensed by someone who speaks English - Cambodia offers some interesting hurdles for someone feeling ill.

Not to mention the bugs they grow here are really, REALLY nasty! Everything you touch, eat or breathe could be virally infected. Imagine the worst bug you've ever had. Then throw in a sledge hammer, a set of cymbals and a battering ram and you might be getting close.

So after a day or two of feeling like being hit by a freight train, you get dragged off to a clinic to make a fool out of yourself making hand gestures, all while sweating profusely. Then the Dr. ends up giving you some broad spectrum antibiotics, paracetamol and intestinal worm pills (a generic fail-safe here) and sends you on your way.

So not only do you find yourself feeling very uncomfortable, you get the added bonus of being very uncomfortable while interacting with the medical staff. You'll also have the pleasure of extending your stay even longer in this wonderful country for fear of the medical system you might find in the next country. There, you will probably be prescribed monkey blood and rat raisins.

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Teresa on

Sounds dreadful, so glad to hear you're getting better!

Bethany Liesemer on

Dude, be really careful with doxy and parasites - doxy stripes your gut of healthy flora, and parasites (malaria, worms, weird shit you can't explain) does another number on your system. I developed the beginnings of Inflammatory Bowel Disease while on Doxy for 6 months in Ghana... eat as much coconut as you can while you're there, and anything with ginger, turmeric.... it'll help keep your body in a safe place just in case. I wish I knew those things after having malaria on doxycycline - bleh!

2totango on

argh! i hate this stuff! What really makes me mad is that the 'official' travel advise from some other first world nations is - stay away from anti-malarials!!! I brought Brian a fresh coconut to drink everyday when he was sick...too bad you can't get any good yoghurts or anything here to help with healthy bacterias...

terri on

Apparently stool transplants are the New Thing for implanting healthy gut bacteria. I would like to hear your [and Brian's] reaction to this little bit of information. :) Seriously, I hope he's feeling better.. xx

2totango on

I think stool is transplanted onto everything we are touching and eating right now, so we should be good!

Terri on

See, the body finds a way!! :) x

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