I’m writing this 2 days after quite possibly the worst episode of food poisoning I’ve ever had. It hit suddenly – a sleepless night with 7 instances of vomiting and more diarrhea than I care to mention. At 3am i am out of bottled water to rehydrate post-barf and to rinse away the acid. At 6am I am in a taxi for the nearest pharmacy that is open. There isn’t any. 6:30 am I am instead at the hospital by recommendation from my cabbie and whining from the “triage” area – still no water anywhere to be seen. 7am by more persistent complaining I am in some sort of clinic area with about 3 nurses and a gazillion patients. No water but gallons of paperwork. They take a stool sample and give me an injection for the nausea and then more waiting. Finally I’m on the verge of screaming at them why it’s so hard to get some f*ing water and so I run out and catch the nearest cab now that stores are open. I don’t know why this experience particularly disappointed me- I’m sure in the US I would still be filling out paperwork at that time.
After about 48 hrs of continuous sleep or bed rest I’m now well enough to walk to the park, eat a bread roll and whine to the world (or at least the blogosphere).
Here are pictures of the suspect meals. Yes, both breakfast and lunch from the same vegetarian restaurant, although for $2 a plate I suppose it might be asking too much for them to properly sanitize their vegetables. lesson learned – Ecuador you MUST rinse produce with vinegar or veggie wash and avoid sketchy restaurants.