Unfortunately, the arrival home – while appreciated – wasn’t quite pleasant.
Monday, my, um, digestive system started to go down hill. After dinner, it was completely shot. I had a 101.5 degree fever, major cramping, dehydration, swollen stomach, and a migraine that went through the roof.
Tuesday, I laid curled in my hotel bed until 5pm. I had 2 pieces of toast and 8 soda crackers…. and somehow managed to go to the bathroom about 10 times (only slight exaggeration). However, in the evening, we had to make the journey from Arequipa to Lima to Houston to Seattle. It was 20 hours of travel with 4 flight legs. Fortunately, I had a lot of medicine in my system and an amazing boyfriend. Still, the trip was absolutely awful.
I went to the doctor yesterday, and the good news is its not a parasite – just a good old, Montezuma’s revenge bacterial infection. (Interestingly, I had totally forgotten about that term – but both my dad and my doctor mentioned it.)
Tonight, I’m feeling significantly better. It think the antibiotics finally kicked in. Still, I haven’t really ventured outside yet.
The only bright side (?) to this whole experience is that I lost 6 pounds. Personally, I don’t think it was worth it. 🙂
Anyways, pictures coming soon. Here is one to wet your appetite:
native woman with llama; Cuzco, Peru