Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Questions about Getting Sick in Mexico

Last night my friend came home from a trip to another town in Mexico with food poisoning. She had a terrible trip on the airplane and the taxi ride back, as you can imagine. She finally had to go to the hospital in the middle of the night. It was food poisoning. I told this story to my landlord this morning and he told me that he is just getting over it. He was very sick for two days. I don't know if any of you remember when I had diarrhea for TWO MONTHS in May and June of this year. Not a fond memory for me.

People ask me if it is safe to eat at the street stands. My now sick friend got the food poisoning at a fancy and expensive restaurant in a big city.  She ordered some kind of spinach dish. She is sure that is what made her sick....

So, there are no guarantees here. Or maybe the only guarantee is that sooner or later you WILL get sick in Mexico......  If you don't want to get sick, don't come to Mexico.......  Sorry but that is what I have found out from living here for five years. I can't count the number of times I have gotten sick here. The last time was the worst. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone as a way to lose weight. I lost ten pounds but of course it all went back on again plus more....

I had lunch at a restaurant with a friend today and when we were getting ready to leave she said to me, "I am glad we didn't talk about the D word today."  I couldn't figure out what D word. Divorce? I haven't talked about Divorce with her. Dog. No, why would she not want to talk about dogs? She loves dogs and obviously this D word was something very negative.  I had to give up. I asked her, "What D word?"

She said, "Diarrhea".

I laughed. Of course, Diarrhea.   It is a common subject of conversation here in Mexico. And since I was so sick for so long it is on my mind often.  I must watch my words from now on and not talk about it. I won't mention it again in the blog.  I am sure I have mentioned it too often here, too.   Let's just pretend that it doesn't exist.....

Which is worse, listening to a friend talk about a painful divorce or listening to a friend talk about a painful bout of diarrhea? Six of one and a half dozen of the other but that is what friends do. Right? We listen to the pain and by listening, sometimes we smooth over the bad experiences for people we love. Our listening in no way alters their bad experiences. It just lets them know that they don't suffer alone. And maybe in the future when we are suffering, they will do the same for us.

Living alone doesn't depress me. Suffering alone and dying alone do.  I don't know why I feel this way. Since I live alone, I am likely to die alone too.  Some feelings aren't rational or logical.


  1. I was really sick last winter,figured I had better go to the Doctora,she said if you have a fever of any kind with it,it is a bacterial infection,gastroenteritus,read bacteria/parasite/foodborn(shellfish)she gave me cipro for a week,even then needed Treda to finish the diarrhea.Years ago the Dr NOB use to give us cipro when we went down,had not had that for many many years.Anyway Pat don't let yourself be sick for so long,go get some cipro ,diarrhea really dehydrates a person,take care Heather

  2. People get food poisoning in the US as well. I am a devout believer in prayer and I ask the Lord to bless my food before I eat it. I don't bless my food at home, because I know how it is prepared. But when I am eating out, I do because I don't know what they practice as far as hygiene.

  3. Hi Heather, Thank you for that advice. Never heard of Cipro before. I will try to remember that when I get sick again. P

  4. Hi Barbara, Good to hear from you again. I like that idea too..... I will remember to say a silent prayer before I eat out next time. See what happens. P

  5. Hi Patricia ~ I did enjoy your writings about the "D Word"! Actually, I think you're having more trouble with your back and/or hip lately, and I sure hope you're feeling much better today than yesterday! You know where to call me if you need some help getting around, especially now that I have a car this week. ...I, too, like the idea of saying a little prayer of "grace" before eating. We all have so much to be thankful for, and asking Spirit or God to bless our food and offering a prayer of thanks for all the bounty we all enjoy gives a really great opportunity to think for a moment of the Simple Abundance we are all so blessed to have! I'm going to try to remember to start doing this. Keep in touch. Christmas Blessings to you. Love, Carolina

  6. Hi Carolina, Thanks for commenting. It is always good to hear what you have to say. See you Christmas Day. Your friend, p