Sick, Sick and Sick Again

Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
Trip End Dec 15, 2011

Loading Map
Map your own trip!
Map Options
Show trip route
Hide lines
Where I stayed
Hanoi Rendezvous Hotel

Flag of Vietnam  ,
Friday, May 6, 2011

13:32 This is a shitty shitty day. Im not well at all, and it all started at 2am where I was horribly sick and lost my entire dinner and my stomach wanted to eject my intestines as well by the feel of it. I'm not one for motion sickness, like ever, but the train was jiggling side to side for hours and hours in a way that would make anyone sick, although it was just me making a porcelain call to god that morning. I splashed down my face as I felt so hot and sweaty and desperately wanted to find some cool fresh air, something impossible in this hot climate.

I struggled back to bed hoping that was the end of it, that maybe it was something I ate, and now that it had been violently ejected I could attempt to get some sleep. I curled up in the corner of my bed, trying to brace myself from the constant, unrelenting sway the carriage made, throwing me side to side to side. I didn't sleep, I just waited until the impending 4am wake up call, for out 4.30 arrival. 

As we pulled into the station I had that feeling all over again, that horrible panic that races through your brain, the adrenalin as you realise that you have to get to the bathroom quick. As we'd already stopped I hoped that they hadn't locked the door. Fortunately they hadn't, so once again, my stomach lurched and nothing came out, and despite nothing being there, the urge continued. I just wanted to cry.

Having sorted myself out with more water and splashing my face, I got off the train and was accosted by people asking if I wanted a taxi. All I wanted to do was get to the waiting room and sit still for a few minutes. I was surprised and incredibly relieved to see one of the hotel staff holding a piece of paper with my name on. He'd come to collect me. I was so pleased that I wasn't going to have to sort myself out. 

I got back to the hotel, got my room key and started a slow ascent up the 6 flights of stairs to my room. I was the only one there, and fell into bed, exhausted, shaking, miserable. Having an 'I want my mum' moment, and it being just before 5am with me (11pm UK) I called my mum and felt comforted to hear her voice and kind words. Then I went to sleep. 

At 7am, the urge overcame me again, and I ran down to the bathroom. Again, nothing. Why is this happening I wondered. Back to bed again and I slept sporadically until about 1 when I was woken by one of the staff fixing a locker. I felt so lousy, I just lay in bed, spaced out and tired, my legs feeling heavy, my stomach muscles aching from the force I'd put upon them. I knew I wasn't strong enough to take myself downstairs to get any food and I asked the guy to bring me a can of coke and some dry toast. 

It's 4pm now, I've watched tv, caught up my blog, drunk the coke and eaten one piece of toast. Gladly it has all stayed down, so I hope with a good nights rest I will feel better and stronger tomorrow. My biggest concern being my heavy legs - not a good sign, but understandable in the circumstances. Rest is all I need, and time is what I have now that my visa has been extended. 

I tried calling NHS direct to seek advice, but was told, in typical UK style that they wouldn't offer any advice as they weren't insured to. Really, all I wanted was a bit of advice and yet I couldn't get a thing out of her at all. Thanks NHS for your support on that one.

No pictures today as you can imagine, I've been in bed. 

Best: eating and NOT being sick
Worst: guess what....being sick
Report as Spam
  • Your comment has been posted. Click here or reload this page to see it below.

  • You must enter a comment
  • You must enter your name
  • You must enter a valid name (" & < > \ / are not accepted).
  • Please enter your email address to receive notification
  • Please enter a valid email address


Helena Booker on

prob something you ate babe. To be fair, to not have a dodgy stomach until now is a massive achievement. I went to Egypt for a 2 week holiday and visited pukedom & shitzville within 4 days. Rest and drink massive amounts of water - that will stop the shakes.
Miss you and love you babes. xxx

von_adder on

As Helena has pointed out, it's incredible you have made it this far without any stomach upset, i recommend the snake booze, you are obviously not drinking enough of it!

Great to see you on the forum the other day Zoe and glad we all managed to cheer you up during your moments of nausea, keep it up old gal (not the nausea obviously) haha!

Use this image in your site

Copy and paste this html: