BootsnAll Travel Network



Getting Sick in Cusco & Going to Hospital

I’ve never gotten sick while traveling.  At least, nothing more than a stomachache or a cold.  I’ve never even vomited or had diarrhea.  I guess I’ve been lucky.  Until now.

We had been in Peru about 4 days, had seen Machu Picchu, and were now staying in Cusco, preparing to take a flight to La Paz, Bolivia to head south to the Salar de Uyuni.  Then the airline, Aerosur, called us to tell us the flight was delayed.  Then called again to say it was cancelled.

This royally messed up our plans, but actually turned out to be okay since we promptly both got sick.  The airline put us up on a hotel about 10 times nicer than anything we normally would have stayed in.  It was like a $90/night hotel similar to a Hyatt, with perfectly clean white sheets and towels and a glass shower!  This turned out to be a very good thing to have a comfortable, clean hotel and bathroom while ill.

First, Jim felt ill and was heading to the bathroom about every half hour.  I ventured out at night to buy him some gatorade and juice to stay hydrated.  I felt ok, but could sense that something was going on in my guts, too.

The next day, I was sick too and we literally spent the entire day in our respective beds, sleeping, half sleeping, spending time in the bathroom, and watching TV.  Jim felt well enough around noon to head out and bought a few bread rolls that we choked down.

Later in the evening, Jim said he thought we should go down to the restaurant and try to eat some food since we hadn’t eaten a thing all day long (other than a roll).  I felt horrible but agreed and we went downstairs.  It was hard to even walk.

My time in the hotel restaurant was comical.  I went to the buffet and got some rice.  Back at the table, it was difficult for me to even pick up the fork and feed myself a few bites.  I remember dropping rice off my fork onto my shirt and Jim snickering at me.  I started to feel like I was going to either throw up or pass out.  I even looked around at my options: the large potted plant next to me seemed like it would be a good place to puke, if needed.

I told Jim how I felt and that I needed to put my head down.  He moved my plate and I put my head on the table and started sweating.  At some point, he even helped me into a nearby bathroom.  Jim asked me if he should go to the front desk and have them call someone for help.  I said Yes.

We went back to our room, and a few minutes later, a man showed up who looked me over a bit and said we should come with him to their clinic.  I wasn’t ready to actually go somewhere.  I don’t know what I was thinking would happen when they called a doctor — I guess I thought he would look us over and give us some drugs and tell us we’d be ok or something.

So we headed out into a minivan with a stretcher.  The clinic, conveniently, was only about 2 blocks away!  When we walked in, we passed a huge hyperbaric chamber.  The clinic’s main purpose, I think, is to assist people with severe altitude sickness problems.  But I’m sure they got plenty of people like us, too.

We got our own room and they brought me scrubs to change into and helped me onto a hospital bed.  I guess I hadn’t thought this whole thing through – I didn’t realize I was going to be lying in a hospital with IVs in my arms.  Yeeesh!  However, it was comforting to know that I was in the care of professionals and had nothing to worry about.

The rooms was pretty nice.  There was a TV for us to watch and my own tiny bathroom.  I could press a button to get the nurse.  Everything seemed clean and professional and the doctors and nurses were good.  There was even a good sized couch, which was where poor Jim slept that night.

The nurse put the needle in my arm and they started giving me all kinds of drugs.  The very first drug made me sleepy immediately which was nice.

A couple times I looked over at my IV and saw the drip had stopped and there was blood in the tube.  I called the nurses in and they tried to get it going again, sometimes with difficulty.  They squeezed and kneaded the IV and said the problem was that the blood in the IV had coagulated a bit.  I wonder if that was normal?  After several hours, the IV site started to hurt and when they put new drugs in, there was a lot of pain inside my vein.  That sucked pretty bad.  Eventually, the vein area even started to swell and get red, so they decided to move the needle to my other arm.  This is when I learned the word “profunda” which means “deep,” as in “You have deep veins.”  They proceeded to stab me four times before finally getting the needle in again.  I learned another word too: “duele,” which means “hurt.”  It was awful.  I hate needles.
sick_in_peru_sm.jpg
You can see all the bandages on my wrists where they tried to put in the IVs.

As I mentioned, we spent the night there.  Even though Jim was sick, he didn’t want any fluids or IVs.  He was a trooper and hung in there and translated everything the nurses said for me.  They did run some tests on him too and we found out that neither of us had parasites, which was good.  The next morning, a nurse brought me a chicken soup with some noodles and it was so good.  It felt good to eat something.

Finally, after 19 hours in the clinic, they let me go.  I was so glad to get the needles out.  They gave us a bunch of drugs to take for the next few days and some bottles a of Gatorade-type beverage.  I felt a lot better.

Our flight to La Paz that was originally cancelled was now scheduled for the next day, and we decided to go.

Now, three weeks later, the original vein where they had the IV is hard and painful, which I believe is phlebitis.  I think it should go away on it’s own.



Tags: , , , , , ,

95 responses to “Getting Sick in Cusco & Going to Hospital”

  1. You made some first rate points there. I seemed on the web for the difficulty and found most individuals will go together with with your website.

  2. Spot on with this write-up, I actually assume this website needs rather more consideration. I抣l most likely be once more to learn far more, thanks for that info.

  3. Your place is valueble for me. Thanks!?

  4. yeezy boost says:

    I precisely desired to thank you very much all over again. I do not know what I would’ve carried out in the absence of the basics revealed by you concerning such a topic. It was before a real alarming dilemma in my position, however , being able to view a specialized style you processed that made me to jump for contentment. I’m just happy for your assistance and wish you are aware of a powerful job you were undertaking educating the rest all through your webblog. More than likely you haven’t got to know any of us.

  5. The following time I read a weblog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as a lot as this one. I mean, I know it was my option to read, but I really thought youd have one thing interesting to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about one thing that you could possibly fix should you werent too busy on the lookout for attention.

  6. Oh my goodness! an amazing article dude. Thank you Nevertheless I am experiencing challenge with ur rss . Don抰 know why Unable to subscribe to it. Is there anyone getting similar rss downside? Anyone who knows kindly respond. Thnkx

  7. After I initially commented I clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now every time a remark is added I get 4 emails with the identical comment. Is there any approach you possibly can remove me from that service? Thanks!

  8. Spot on with this write-up, I really think this web site wants way more consideration. I抣l probably be again to read much more, thanks for that info.

  9. I discovered your weblog web site on google and test a few of your early posts. Proceed to maintain up the very good operate. I simply additional up your RSS feed to my MSN News Reader. Seeking ahead to reading more from you in a while!?

  10. yeezy boost says:

    I not to mention my pals appeared to be reading the great suggestions found on the blog while the sudden I got a terrible feeling I never thanked the website owner for those strategies. The boys are actually as a result thrilled to see all of them and now have sincerely been making the most of them. Thanks for indeed being indeed accommodating as well as for figuring out this sort of impressive guides most people are really desperate to learn about. My honest regret for not saying thanks to earlier.

  11. yeezy shoes says:

    I wish to express my appreciation for your generosity for folks who absolutely need help with this particular situation. Your very own dedication to passing the message up and down became definitely practical and has usually allowed men and women just like me to realize their desired goals. The important publication entails a whole lot a person like me and still more to my colleagues. Thank you; from all of us.

  12. fitflops says:

    An attention-grabbing discussion is price comment. I feel that you should write more on this matter, it may not be a taboo subject however usually individuals are not sufficient to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers

  13. This is the fitting blog for anyone who wants to seek out out about this topic. You notice a lot its nearly arduous to argue with you (not that I really would need匟aHa). You definitely put a new spin on a subject thats been written about for years. Great stuff, just great!

  14. Thank you so much for providing individuals with an exceptionally brilliant chance to read articles and blog posts from this website. It’s always so amazing plus stuffed with a good time for me and my office peers to search your blog minimum three times every week to read the latest issues you will have. And lastly, I’m just always pleased for the impressive techniques you give. Selected 4 tips in this article are indeed the most efficient we have all had.

  15. After examine a number of of the blog posts in your web site now, and I truly like your manner of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark website list and shall be checking again soon. Pls take a look at my web page as effectively and let me know what you think.

  16. jordan shoes says:

    This actually answered my drawback, thanks!

  17. A formidable share, I just given this onto a colleague who was doing a little evaluation on this. And he in actual fact bought me breakfast because I found it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the treat! But yeah Thnkx for spending the time to debate this, I feel strongly about it and love studying extra on this topic. If attainable, as you change into experience, would you thoughts updating your weblog with more particulars? It’s extremely helpful for me. Large thumb up for this blog publish!

  18. nike zoom says:

    Aw, this was a very nice post. In idea I would like to put in writing like this moreover ?taking time and precise effort to make a very good article?however what can I say?I procrastinate alot and in no way seem to get one thing done.

  19. yeezy shoes says:

    I happen to be commenting to let you understand of the beneficial experience my wife’s princess found going through your site. She realized too many things, which include what it’s like to possess a very effective giving mood to have many people completely completely grasp some tricky subject areas. You truly exceeded readers’ expected results. Many thanks for showing such precious, trustworthy, edifying as well as unique tips about the topic to Mary.

  20. Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive read something like this before. So nice to search out somebody with some original ideas on this subject. realy thanks for starting this up. this web site is one thing that’s wanted on the internet, someone with somewhat originality. helpful job for bringing one thing new to the internet!

  21. Delia says:

    The suction of the equipment will take out excess water,
    upset particles caught in the fibers as well as thoroughly rinse your carpet.

    Here is my blog :: gold coast carpet cleaning (Delia)

  22. yeezy boost says:

    This really answered my downside, thanks!

  23. Adele says:

    Because of this, we now offer much more services, utilize the most deep and effective cleaning system known to the market, usage Eco pleasant items and also have ongoing education and learning as well as training
    – which is crucial in this ever changing world.

    Also visit my web page – carpet cleaning pest control brisbane (Adele)

  24. An attention-grabbing dialogue is value comment. I think that you need to write more on this subject, it might not be a taboo topic but generally persons are not sufficient to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers

  25. After I originally commented I clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now each time a remark is added I get 4 emails with the identical comment. Is there any means you can take away me from that service? Thanks!

  26. There are great deals of holiday accommodation options from the secluded as well as silent
    log cabins resting 2 as well as maybe with a jacuzzi, to the
    large household log cabins perfect for obtaining everyone together
    for a fun time away.

    Here is my blog post :: hot tub log cabins

  27. That is the right weblog for anyone who wants to find out about this topic. You understand a lot its virtually laborious to argue with you (not that I actually would want匟aHa). You definitely put a brand new spin on a topic thats been written about for years. Great stuff, just great!

  28. There may be noticeably a bundle to find out about this. I assume you made sure good points in features also.

  29. Consistent prohibiting of sites as well as Search Engine Optimization firms who maximize
    these websites can mess up a website’s stability and cause minimal website
    traffic considering that online search engine are usually just what the majority
    of people utilize to comb the Internet.

    Also visit my web page :: best professional seo tools

  30. yeezy boost says:

    I simply wanted to post a simple comment so as to appreciate you for all the remarkable techniques you are posting here. My long internet investigation has at the end been recognized with sensible facts and techniques to exchange with my pals. I ‘d assert that most of us site visitors actually are really blessed to be in a decent place with very many marvellous professionals with great suggestions. I feel really privileged to have used your weblog and look forward to tons of more fabulous times reading here. Thanks a lot once again for all the details.

  31. I am glad for writing to let you be aware of what a excellent experience my friend’s princess found reading through your web site. She figured out many issues, which include how it is like to have a wonderful giving spirit to get other folks just completely grasp specified specialized subject matter. You really did more than our desires. I appreciate you for coming up with these good, trusted, revealing and in addition easy tips on that topic to Kate.

  32. Spot on with this write-up, I actually suppose this web site wants far more consideration. I抣l probably be once more to learn way more, thanks for that info.

  33. I抎 must examine with you here. Which is not something I often do! I get pleasure from reading a submit that may make folks think. Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!

  34. Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive read something like this before. So good to find any individual with some original thoughts on this subject. realy thanks for starting this up. this web site is something that’s wanted on the web, somebody with just a little originality. helpful job for bringing something new to the internet!

  35. Crystle says:

    BLC does not stop at handmade log structure, we likewise manufacture lumber frame buildings,
    natural blog post and beam of light frameworks, custom-made rounded and also crushed
    hardwood items in addition to being the sole UK supplier for Perma-Chink Inc.

    Also visit my homepage log cabin breaks with hot tub uk (Crystle)

  36. I found your weblog website on google and test a number of of your early posts. Proceed to keep up the excellent operate. I simply extra up your RSS feed to my MSN News Reader. Searching for forward to reading extra from you later on!?

  37. yeezy boost says:

    I as well as my pals ended up going through the great information on your web blog and then quickly came up with a terrible feeling I had not expressed respect to you for those strategies. Those women were definitely as a consequence warmed to read through all of them and have in effect in fact been taking pleasure in these things. Thanks for genuinely considerably accommodating and also for settling on these kinds of smart themes most people are really needing to learn about. My very own honest apologies for not expressing gratitude to earlier.

  38. I was more than happy to seek out this internet-site.I wished to thanks for your time for this excellent read!! I positively enjoying each little little bit of it and I’ve you bookmarked to check out new stuff you weblog post.

  39. yeezy boost says:

    I’m writing to make you understand of the notable encounter my child encountered browsing your web site. She even learned some details, including how it is like to have an amazing helping mindset to make other people without hassle learn about certain impossible issues. You actually exceeded her desires. Thank you for providing the practical, healthy, revealing and also fun tips about the topic to Janet.

  40. This is the right blog for anyone who needs to search out out about this topic. You understand a lot its virtually exhausting to argue with you (not that I truly would want匟aHa). You positively put a new spin on a topic thats been written about for years. Great stuff, simply great!

  41. I抦 impressed, I have to say. Really not often do I encounter a blog that抯 both educative and entertaining, and let me tell you, you’ve hit the nail on the head. Your thought is excellent; the problem is something that not enough persons are talking intelligently about. I’m very blissful that I stumbled throughout this in my seek for something relating to this.

  42. There may be noticeably a bundle to know about this. I assume you made sure good points in features also.

  43. Shani says:

    It was observed as an important religious day to celebrate the teachings of Christ by
    St Patrick.

  44. buy scentless pheromones

    I found a great…

  45. Gaz Hall says:

    It’s easy to forget what an amazing gift life really is. Our lives are nothing but a cosmic blink. Even our seemingly all-encompassing world is just tiny blue dot circling an average sized star spiraling around a galaxy of 200-400 billion stars, which itself is just one galaxy among billions more. Yet for one brief moment, we get to experience the wonders of existence, of consciousness.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *