Sick as a dog

I have never been so thankful for an English-speaking pharmacist in my all days.

I’m currently on a work trip in Africa and the dreaded traveller bug hit me. I’ve not had solid food in five days. Starving didn’t solve the problem, eating didn’t help. I’ve been sick as a dog since I ate those cucumbers at that the very nice fish restaurant.

Unfortunately, my school girl French didn’t enable me to describe my symptoms in French. My first attempt didn’t work so well, I got a variety of medication, none of which would clear up the underlying issue. However, my second trip to a pharmacy and meeting an English-speaking pharmacist was much more successful. She provided these yellow pills, antibiotics, which are hopefully the answer to all my problems.

I’ve ended up cancelling my maths tutor for Saturday as I have just been too ill to study.

Any advice on how to avoid being ill on a future work trip? Next one is January.


2 responses to “Sick as a dog”

  1. Lucas says :

    1. Drink lots of water (bottled and bought from someplace reputable if you’re in a developing country).

    2. Avoid raw or undercooked food. This includes salads.

    3. Wash any fruits you eat with bottled water.

    4. Watch where people eat and eat at the places that seem popular with the locals, as it is likely that those places will have fresher food. Caveat, sometimes locals may have better resistance to local bugs than you do, so that doesn’t always work out that well.

    • sarahrs81 says :

      Thanks. Good idea about the fruit. I’m well practised about using bottled water to brush my teeth but I forgot about washing the fruit I bought from the shops.

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