As often happens the irony of life writes a better or at least very different script than I had in mind!!
My thoughts were to leave 2-4 days after that last post getting in a last few surf sessions. The day I wrote that last post I was almost giddy with how good I felt and the phrase that kept repeating in my head was “I am back!” Even had thoughts of getting in some light workouts in between surf sessions.
9 hours after that post at about 3 in the morning I was writhing around in bed with severe cramps and a fever. No vomiting this time so I guess thats a positive but all the other usual suspects were there. Sweating, cramps, diarrhea and not sleeping. I spent 24 straight hours in bed(didn’t even do that with the food poisoning in Caraz) and most of the next day basically laying around too. A good chance to mention Naylamp Hostel and Camping if I have haven’t. A great place with a wonderful staff. Very friendly helpful people and they have rooms from 55 soles down to camping. A great set up with two kitchens. One to cook in and one to order from. The food is simple but the kitchen is always spotless and I am confident in everything they prepare. I could be having stomach issues in much worse places!
I had another amazing person that kept checking on me and making sure I was ok. Cant say thank you enough to Eduardo. His kindness knows no limits, more to come on that later. I will say though with all this getting sick maybe I just need a cute nurse on retainer to ride along! Currently accepting applications. Haha
After getting up and about a little on day two(Friday) and really moving almost normal day 3(Saturday) I made a decision that I am going to a proper doctor on Monday. Eduardo immediately said he would stick around to make sure I am ok and translate for me at the doc office. I told him I’d be fine and could do it but he looked at me and said “Anyway, I am not in a hurry so I will stay!” I conceded and know that having a translator for a medical situation will be a huge help!
Right now it has been the generosity of strangers and new friends that keeps me motivated. I don’t have nearly the energy that I normally do and I am not really enjoying the trip the way I should be. This became really clear when I was showing some other moto travelers some videos I made from my last trip. It just hit me, Wow I am not having nearly as much fun! All I want to do right now is get healthy and correct the fun factor. I understand the opportunity and challenges that I have in front of me and still want to do it all, but I want to do it at 100% or at least damn near it.
Even though I am all pissing and moaning right now things could be worse. I have met some great people and I am still having plenty of laughs.
A dinner with friends. To many people to name. It was delicious!
Made it to the Doc on Tuesday instead of Monday and confirmed my two things I suspected. One I have lost just about 15 pounds since leaving the states and two I have and infection. All definition and muscle I had developed at the gym before leaving and surfing so much in Montanita are gone. But I am optimistic because the doc was immediately saying we need to indentify the infection and then we can treat for it properly. Got some blood taken and then just 3 days of pooping in a cup. After that I hope to have answers Friday or Monday. The results also come electronically so I can send them home to my Doc or post here for everyone for some light reading!
And as I was typing this send young Bryan off on the route I took here. I will probably run into him again down the road. Good Luck buddy!