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Sick While Traveling

by | Dec 29, 2023 | Sick, Traveling

The (Only) Positive of Getting Sick While Long-Term Traveling

It’s NEVER fun to be sick but there are some positives for full-time travelers versus short-term. I’ll explain:

I got to Napa and one week later, my minor post nasal drip turned into an eye infection. I missed out on a couple of things I had hoped to do but I still had two more weeks to catch up. 

A few days later, a sore throat joined the party which turned into more symptoms of a common cold (no fever, no body aches, and tested negative for Covid). Luckily, I had my mom to take care of me and get me to the store for over-the-counter medicine. 

Fast forward to yesterday and this minor cold that was still lingering was not my major concern anymore. I woke up with migraine, and nausea and can only attribute this to the effects of going from 20 feet above sea level in Napa to over 7000 feet in Mexico City where I landed the prior afternoon. 

I was miserable and spent the day recovering and hydrating as much as possible. I did go out for food and coffee, which thankfully I was able to keep down. But again, I am here for two and a half weeks. I don’t need to be in a hurry. 

What You Can Do

Of course, every country has doctors and I am not the expert on how to find them in all corners of the world. I was told that here, for things like flu, I could go to a nearby pharmacy for a consulta. I did not need one but it’s good to know for the future.

You can always check online for the location you are in or get in touch with the US Embassy (if you are from the US of course) for guidance. For me, rest and hydration made all the difference.

More from Mexico City soon!

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