Tissues, Toilets and Green Tea

24 Jan

Our pictures typically show the gorgeous sites we see and we blog about all the wonders of travel (well, along with flat tires and getting stuck in the mud). No one writes about the realities of travel. Here it is.

True life: we get sick.


A day after the new year, we both got sick. Hani got some stomach and flu thing and I caught a more evil flu. We left Sayulita (with me getting a sore throat) and drove the few hours to Puerto Vallarta only to feel like death. I napped in the Walmart parking lot for 2 hours. Our free beach site was nearly lost on us but we managed to perk up a bit to release more turtles into the wild.

The next day, totally miserable, we drug ourselves to Punta Perula. The village is right on the beach and has only a few hundred occupants, the perfect setting to veg out for a while. We barely moved for those 4 (5??) days, except to buy more tissues and get fresh oj.

It took a while to completely kick the residual effects of the flu. A few weeks, actually. And of course, just as that was clearing up, I ate something funky in the San Miguel de Allende local market. Hani thinks it was the carrot cake bought from the Mexican George McFly. It could have been the gorditas with unknown meat in them. It also could have been the sampling of chips from the sketchy lady. Who knows, I eat everything. Out for the count for 24 hours and then recouporating the next 48. Let’s just say we’ve worked that composting toilet to the max! Oh, and the exhaust fan on the toilet stopped working so it doesn’t smell as pleasant as it should.

As if icky feelings couldn’t get worse, we were each plagued with different sitting related ailments. We drive a lot, thus spend a lot of time sitting. Yes, what you’re thinking. So we finally caved and went to the doctor.

We got a pretty good dose of the healthcare system in Mexico and I have to say it’s fabulous. Attached to most pharmacies are doctors where you can walk in and see a doctor for 25 to 50 pesos ($2 to $4, crazy, I know!). You then take the paper with meds you need next door and pay the like $10 for meds that would cost upwards of $50 in the states. We each saw one of those doctors. BUT I guess you get what you pay for because we ended up seeing a (more) real doctor and getting quality care (she responds to emails and calls!). The $50 visit was well worth it. Hopefully this will be the end of our illnesses and we can happily walk through cities without trying to find the cheapest pharmacy or doctor open on a Sunday.

To a healthy new year!

2 Responses to “Tissues, Toilets and Green Tea”

  1. Victoria January 24, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

    Feel better you guys! Being sick on the road is not fun!

  2. May January 25, 2014 at 5:07 am #

    So sorry you both had the illnesses… The flu has been going around here as well..stay well

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