We knew the water was not consumable in Cuba, and heard the warnings about brushing your teeth with the water.
Toward the end of our stay, I was on autopilot ( I guess ) and brushed my teeth with the water.
We can't be sure if this was the entry point, it could have been some leftover fish, but "IT" was in me, which I will refer to as the "Cuban" from here on out.
It all started a day before we left. I had a few chills during the night, then the blowout came the next morning after coffee.
No trotting here, full blown races, I was playing two step with the bathroom, two steps in.....two steps out.....You get it.
I always bring Imodium just in case, and grabbed two.
I was relieved, the Wild Butt Shenanigans had stopped.
I still felt a bit "floaty", and I was convinced the "Cuban" had left my body.
The day after I got back, I realized I was still with "Cuban".
The headaches, dopiness and stomach problems lasted for 13 days. Real nasty.
I sucked down an advil every morning for my head. I woke up with headaches in the middle of the night too, the throbbing was incredible.
I work at home, so the sudden pregnancy "look" didn't matter.
So, besides sleep, Advil and lots of water, here's what else I did:
I bought a Butt Load of Yogurt. I figured my gut needed some help, and my doctor had suggested yogurt when I had a bout with E-coli, so I started with Activia Probiotic Yogurt. I had three containers a day.
I also bought a load (not a butt load), of garlic. I have read many studies about the health benefits of this vegetable bulb. If crushed or chewed, it turns out a compound called Allicin which has shown to help with bacterial infections as well as boosting the immune system.
Here is some information about Allicin, if your so inclined.
Here is another study on garlic, its anti-inflammatory effects and boosting the immune system, if your interested. Garlic Study
I could have gone to the doctor, and I am not suggesting that anyone else avoid the doctor, but for me, since I didn't have a fever, I thought I could ride it out.
From The Late Great Anthony Bourdain.
His response in 2011 after being asked if he had really ever gotten sick during his travels
Twice in 10 years, and it wasn’t a surprise. Simple diarrhea is another story; it’s something you just have to be prepared for as a traveler. You bring your appropriate medications, but it’s hardly the end of the world. And I always try to remind people: Leave yourself open to the perfect meal by leaving yourself open to the occasional really bad one. The best kind of vacation is one where everything goes marvelously and memorably wrong. Those are the incidents you laugh about 20 years later.
Would love to hear your stories and remedies for staying healthy at home and on the road! Please comment below.
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