April 27, 2006 — Night before last, I woke feeling awful. Soon I was throwing up, and mercifully I quickly fell back asleep. This cycle repeated itself three times before dawn.
I spent all day yesterday dozing on the bed or on the sofa for variety. I wasn’t upright for more than a few minutes. I drank water and ate about half a baked potato.
Today, I’m much better but still a bit weak.
This is not an unusual Mexican scenario. While public health is way better than it used to be, there are still bugs lurking. Did I catch something from someone on the bus? Was it the lettuce in the restaurant meal I had the day before I got sick? While the time-honored advice is never to eat any raw fruits or vegetables, the reality in Mexico is that almost all of the time, you will be fine. There’s no way of knowing if this was an exception or if something else happened. Kelly and I generally use our intuition about what to eat.
I’m very glad to be feeling better. It had been a long time since I’d thrown up and I had forgotten both how unpleasant it is and also how much better you feel afterwards.
Just another part of the Mexican experience. In fairness, though, I should add that after Kelly and I once spent several months in Mexico, he got sick after we got back to the US!