Havana, Cuba. Incredible trip by the way! Link to the story at the bottom of the page.
I'm not sure what got me, but here's the way it went down.
We knew the water was not consumable in Cuba, and heard the warnings about brushing your teeth with the water.
We stayed at a Casa Particular (family home) in Cuba. Maybe I just felt comfortable - at home, and there was no mention of the water by the family.
Sooo, one evening, toward the end of our stay, I brushed my teeth with the water.
I was on auto-pilot.
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.
CRAP! 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 Immodium just in case, and grabbed two. Only one more day in Havana, so I really wanted feel better.
I felt a bit tired, which Immodium will do to you, but didn’t have the urge to repeat the earlier event, so we headed to the city.
I was relieved, the Wild Butt Shennigans had stopped. I did feel a bit "floaty", I was convinced the "Cuban" had left my body.
A day after I got back, I realized I was still with "Cuban".
I had Dehli Belly, a seriously protruding pot belly; severe headache and had entered "Zombieville".
The headaches, dopiness and stomach problems lasted for 13 days. Really 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 AND I was able to use my own commode.
Actually I couldn't work at all for at least 3 days, really. I spent a lot of time sleeping, my head was messed up.
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. LINK
I could have gone to the doctor, and I am not suggesting that anyone else avoid the doctor, but for me, I didn't have a fever and I went back and forth between diarrhea and being bunged -up.
Last time I visited, the Doc explained that antibiotics often kill the good bacteria, so she was hesitant to give me anything and told me to ride it out, so that is what I decided to do. When I had E-coli, it progressed and the doctor did give me some antibiotics.
Okay, so, I had a brain lapse and blew it in Cuba with the water (or fish), but this is the first time for an intestinal "fling" and we have traveled for over 20 years.
-And 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.
Read about our trip to CUBA!! We really had a great time and would love to go back! Now you know about the water, find out more.
Click here: VisitCuba
Would love to hear your stories and remedies for staying healthy at home and on the road! Please comment below.
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