Crap! Travel Sickness What to do?

Travel sickness is the worst,
and
it finally happened to me.

I always try to be careful, but I blew it in Cuba.
Here's the story and what I do now.  

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.

CRAP!
  No trotting here, full blown races, I was playing two step with the bathroom, two steps in.....two steps out.....You get it. 
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.

WRONG!
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. 
I did. 

Okay, so, I had a brain lapse and blew it in Cuba, but we have traveled over 25 years with no problems.
Here's what we do to avoid travel sickness  
and 
our new addition we used in Thailand.

  •  Use anti-bacterial wipes, I use them everywhere! 
  •  Just in case, we now carry rehydration chews or drops in our first aid kit. Our favorites are these:  Gatorade Chews   and    DripDrop Sticks
  •  Don't touch your nose or mouth unless your has are clean.
  •  If you are in a restaurant, always wash your hands AFTER you give back the menu. Of course everyone is handled that menu over and over.
  •  On the road, only eat fruit you can peel, whether it is in a grocery store or fruit cart.
  •  Vaccinations! We always head to the Center for Disease Control a month before we leave and a week before. Here is the link for the CDC.
  •  A couple of years ago we visited Bangkok and really wanted to experience the street food, so by recommendation we Travelan tablets. We did not experience any tummy trouble. Here is a link to Travelan for purchase and information.  
Thai street food

If you want to check out one of our street food 
videos in Thailand.
Just Click on this link.   
Bangkok Street Food

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.
-Anthony Bourdain

We really did have a good time in 
Cuba! 
Check out our story. 
Now you know about the water, find out more. 
Click here: VisitCuba

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​Would love to hear your stories and remedies for staying healthy at home and on the road! Please comment below.


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