PARASITES CAN HAPPEN TO YOU


Yep, you read that right.  Sometimes $h*! happens, literally.



This is Spencer hiking Machu Picchu like a champ with a few unfriendly parasites in his tummy. Ever heard of Traveler's Diarrhea? Basically before you travel to a foreign country, it would be wise to ask your doctor for some Cipro pills to take with you. You never know when you'll need them. Unfortunately for my sweetheart Spencer, within a week of being in Peru he was taking them. He had far worse things going on than a nasty bout of diarrhea.

The consensus? Giardia, typhoid fever, AND an amoeba! That is some intense stuff going on! His tummy churned loudly for days, he had chills that made his entire body shake, visited the toilet every hour with some unfriendly visitors, curled up in a ball with stomach pain, and was pale as a ghost. You definitely do not want parasites.

The good news is, if you do happen to be one of the very unlucky people that contracts parasites there are some decent clinics you can find. After a blood test and stool test, we were on our road to recovery with medications. Unfortunately about 5 days after he was better, Spence experienced a relapse. He had many of the same symptoms again, just more mild this round. After a second trip to the clinic, we have more medication and more bills but he seems to be doing all right. Besides, without traveler's insurance it ended up being about $350 for both hospital trips which when you don't feel good and just want to be better, isn't too bad.

When traveling to other countries, take extra precautions and wash your hands often. I recommend carrying around hand sanitizer if you're a worry wart like me. We hate to be picky about where we eat - as we enjoy nothing more than eating at inexpensive local spots - but if it is to save your stomach and health, then it might be worth a few extra soles (dollars) to eat at a bit cleaner place.

POST EDIT: I just thought I'd clarify that when I share this post with Traveling Triplets readers, I in no way intend to imply that by coming to South America you are going to contract a parasite. My intentions are simply to share an unfortunate experience with followers and let you know that getting sick is POSSIBLE. So often when we travel we only hear about the fun and adventure - and we leave out all the bumps along the way. When traveling to some countries in the developing world, you just have to be more careful and conscience than in other places. I have been 100% healthy and life is oh so good, my husband is recovered, and we are doing great. No matter where you travel, there are always some kind of nuisances that arise, and more of us should be talking about it. Hope this clarifies any misunderstandings. Thanks!
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12 comments on PARASITES CAN HAPPEN TO YOU

  1. haha poor spence. great post ky! glad hes feeling better. this is important to know.

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  2. i learned the hard way too when i was in meheeco...STAY AWAY FROM THE STREET MEAT!

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  3. hehe sounds like quite the adventure! this is very important knowledge... thanks for passing it down darling!

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  4. Yuck. I'm so sorry! That sounds miserable! Thanks for the tips.

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  5. I hope you don't think that in EVERY country in South America you will get parasites and get sick because that is not true :). I'm glad you guys are now feeling better now and can continue to explore the country!

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  6. well we all know chile is quite nice p ;)

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  7. hey pierina! we definitely understand that not ever country in south america contracts parasites - i am a firm believer in NOT generalizing. what i meant was parasites are good to be aware of - especially when traveling. they are far more common in south america, africa, and central asia than any other places so it's a good thing to be aware of. i don't think i implied if people come to SA they'll get a parasite, hope it didn't come off that way. just want to share some experiences that might help others along their journey. thanks!

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  8. i'm really sorry about the misunderstanding - i think i'll do a post edit just to make sure people don't get the wrong impression. thanks for helping me out there, would never want to make anyone feel bad!

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  9. This post is so arrogant and rude that I'm surprised you and Spencer would even consider traveling to a place you find so disgusting. Americans have an arrogant way of thinking that every place else in the whole world is inferior to the US - and your post clearly displays this.

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  10. we apologize if we offended you in any way. we just want to help people understand when they go to new places there are possibilities of getting sick. we are not saying that everywhere else besides america is disgusting. please don't generalize one experience to our whole attitude or perception of a country or nation for that matter because that is far from our hearts desire.

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  11. and that's a good thing you're doing to let people know about your experiences and what to expect in the country you visited. to me it sounded like you meant it that way when you said 'if you head down south expect...' but now i understand what you really meant. and i'm not just talking about chile, that's why i didn't mention it. i hope i didn't come off rude but i am also a firm believer in not generalizing because people get the wrong impression of things. thanks for clarifying this for me though.

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  12. I think that was an excellent write up and I totally understood what you meant. I got sick in Peru (seemed to be simple food poisoning) but if you're not prepared for it, it can really ruin parts of your trip!

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