You’re going to India? Let’s face it you will get sick at some point. The important thing is to be prepared for it when it happens and to accept that it’s probably best you don’t do any transit time during your bout.
1 Bottled water
Most of the nasties are in the local water. So make sure your water is a sealed bottle of water and not some dodgy refill job done from a tap. Be cautious not to have ice in your drinks also likely to be tap water.
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2 Food, go for freshly cooked
Avoid fancy restaurants specially ones where you can order “westerner foods” such as burgers or pizza ……..they tend to keep food over night in fridges this doesn’t work with power black outs. You are much better off going to a street vendor where you can see them making the produce in front of you and its all so fresh and delicious!!!!
A good one to try is a dosa (a rice flour pancake with fresh curry chutneys).
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3 Shack up somewhere with facilities
When you get sick, the best option is to find a nice bamboo shack or if your fairly rich maybe you’d rather a plush hotel room with marble floors. Either option will do as long as you have some form of squat or toilet near by! And I mean near by! You will probably be back and forthing from said toilet or squat rather frequently.
In fact I can not recount a time in my life before travelling in India where I have ever been so reliant on a toilet.
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4 Watch your meds
Believe me watch out for the medication a lot of the stuff prescribed by the local chemists for diarrhea, nausea and vomiting are products such as buscostop and other shitstoppers that don’t actually help in the process of getting they better merely block you up and mask the nausea. This can only lead to a shit storm at the end of the day folks.
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5 Wait it out
The best medication you can have is just patience…… Drink lots of fluids maybe even try some powder form electrolytes with bottled water.
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Well, those are my tips.
Here’s my diary entry, so you can see what happened in practice:
Hi everyone! I fell sick again last night. Riddled with food poisoning.
I guess pretty much the least fun one can have in India. On the plus side I had a swim this morning and the waves threw me about killing some of my nausea.
I have been staying in a bamboo hut on the edge of the beach in Gokarna. I have a friend here who I met in Tiruvannamalai.
Her name is Edel and she is from Israel. She seems to have seen a lot for her age and is very peaceful and insightful. She went grey when she was only 23 perhaps from serving in the army.
We decided to push on to Mumbai and Kashmir together. This mean’t a hell train and bus to get there. Unfortunately I don’t think I was over my Gastro yet. The journey was utter hell. I was so nauseous and had to take a whole lot of shitstoppers to try and get through. The bus driver just told me to eat ginger which I think didn’t cut it this time.
When we got to Mumbai I was a dehydrated vomitting mess about to explode. I was now meant to get on train to Kashmir with my friend Edel but insisted to stay in Mumbai in a plush hotel for adequate recovery. Not a pretty sight. I shall never travel sick again.
[Although I did many more times…]
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