Jay ends in Hospital

Trip Start Sep 03, 2010
Trip End Oct 27, 2010

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hotel perle du mer

Flag of Western Sahara  ,
Sunday, October 3, 2010

Again, we arrive late at night into the small town of boujdour. There have been many police checkpoints on the way here and many were close to each other. Bit pointless since this is the only road going through. At a thorough police check just before the town entrance makes Jays first symptoms of being ill visible. He complains of having a bad flu and is shivering badly.

We quickly find a cheap hotel with unclean bed sheets as usual. Jays condition worsens all of a sudden. After getting something to eat i find Jay vomiting violently in the toilets. Afterwards its a major attack of diarrhea then vomiting again. Im getting worried as he is now delirious and incoherent. A high fever kicks in but his forehead is bone-dry. His pulse has speeded up. He reckons its heat-stroke. I look up as much information as possible on the internet and although all the symptoms match im not a doctor. Eventually i manage to convince him to go to the local hospital. He stumbles all over the place but luckily the hospital is only down the road. We arrive to find all the security guards fast asleep while im busy trying to hold Jay. A doctor is summoned and a young kid arrives, definitely younger than me. He asks lots of questions in french and wanders off to fetch an older colleague for a second opinion. After much back and forth they cant come up with a diagnosis and explain that the fever has to come down first by administering paracetamol by IV to better asses the situation. Jay initially refuses but i manage to convince him after a while. The whole procedure is professionally done and all clean but unfortunately they cant get to Jays veins, they're flat. The other option is to administer 1g of paracetamol orally at home so we head back to the hotel. I thank the doctors for their work and for being so kind. It has been free and professional treatment after all..

Next day and the fever still prevails, the night has been difficult since Jay has rushed to the toilet every hour or so and in the morning the noise from the main street that faces our hotel room has kept us awake. Its Sunday and i need to find the pharmacy on duty. Luckily i find it wandering through town as there are 3 within a stones throw of each other. I get some food and back to the hotel to help Jay. He takes some imodium i bought him and he falls asleep. I grab my camera gear and head off to the southern outskirts of town. I find a beautiful cliff like many ive found before in morocco and take a couple of snaps. Suddenly my stomach cramps and i desperately need a toilet. Its open and baren land but luckily there is no one about so it has to be done there and then..

Its back to the hotel to process some photos quickly. I'm very tired and soon fall in a deep sleep. I wake up to several cheers outside. Its dark and Ive missed the sunset. I curse silently that Ive possibly missed some good photo opportunities..
Its back to the pharmacy to pick up a thermometer and this time Jay feels he can come with me but once in the car he feels worse. We go to a bar next door and i order some food. There is a major football match on and the whole male population in town seems to have congrugated to all the bars to watch the game. Real madrid is playing some other team i cant make out since im not interested in football but the other team certainly got beaten 6:1...hence all those cheers!

Its back to the hotel and i treat myself to a film. I watch "In Bruges", a very delightful and amusing black comedy with colin farrel, brendan gleeson and ralph fiennes. The whole evening is disturbed by a small, agile and uncatcheable moroccan fly that wont let us rest in peace..
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Ahmed Salem Amr Khaddad on

Hi there,

You seem to have a very bad experience south Morocco. You need some help maybe. Do not hesitate to send me an email : salemsahra@gmail.com if any request for information on the region.

Take care

Ahmed Salem Amr Khaddad

raicorosenberg on

thank you very much for your help! My friend Jay is now feeling much better and we are able to continue our Journey.
Your help is much appreciated!

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