3. If you’re in a foreign country, don’t wait it out
I was lucky enough to be traveling with a tour group—including an unlucky girl who was also tossing her cookies. So when I called to report my failed attempt at keeping down the altitude sickness pill, I was told to pack my bags. I was being “evacuated” with my upchuck buddy. At first, I thought it was unnecessary—I just needed to sleep it off, then hydrate in the morning. But I grudgingly (and sluggishly) packed my bags, and headed out to the waiting van and below-freezing temps. The two of us were accompanied by one of our tour leaders (and a couple of garbage cans), as we began our trek back down the mountain to the closest clinic…four hours away. (We were less than thrilled.) But pulling up to the clinic was like having a divine, spiritual moment—except that revelry quickly dissipated when we found there was no toilet paper in the bathroom (coupled with the fun fact that you don’t flush toilet paper in most South American countries). Bottom line: I didn’t know it at the time, but salmonella can take up to seven days to pass on its own, so getting medical help was the best decision. I was given quite the goodie bag of medication: a pill to protect my stomach, a probiotic, an antibiotic, a pill to fight fever, and another to kill any parasites.
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