1. Salmonella can seem like something it’s not
It’s easy to get nauseous when you’re being tossed around the back of a van as it corkscrews along bumpy rounds up a mountain. Sometimes I get car sick, so when the 45-minute ride came to an end, the queasiness wasn’t unexpected. When I got to my lodge for the night, I downed a few bottled waters, lied down on my bed, then showered. Nausea still strong, I opened the door to the water closet. I might as well have pushed an internal “eject” button, because once I eyed the toilet, my body took it as a sign to purge its demons.
But even then, it wasn’t obvious that my symptoms—nausea, vomiting, headache—reflected anything more serious than car and/or altitude sickness. But over time, those symptoms progressed to a fever, chills, and a total-gastrointestinal freakout.
Point being: It can take anywhere from a few hours to two days for salmonella symptoms to kick in. Unlike a stomach bug, salmonella is a non-contagious illness contracted via food or water contaminated by bacteria or a virus. I felt better after getting sick, but then it happened again. And again. And again. Which brings me to lesson 2.
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