So this is a random post to interrupt my travel logs to share that my stomach is just too fussy. Every time I eat street food here in Indonesia I get sick. Not just a little bit of diarrhea but I get full blown gastroenteritis complete with increased body temperature, feinting, nausea, stomach cramps, bloating and a desire to vomit every time I think about eating. There doesn’t seem to be anything I can do about it. I wish it were different but last time I came here I had the same problem.
Last night I saw a doctor who gave me a mix of medicines: antibiotics, anti-nausea tablets, anti-reflux tablets and a mix or paracetamol with something else. I felt much better after taking the tablets last night but then got some horrible side effects from the antibiotics: watery stools. I was on the toilet about 20 times last night and spent a lot of time sitting in the shower with the water flowing over me to try to find some relief. This morning I decided to stop taking the antibiotic and the flow is slowing. The other tablets seem to be helping reduce my other symptoms so I can actually go out to do stuff today.
But it still doesn’t resolve my primary issue: as soon as I eat street food I will be sick again. In the past 72 hours all I’ve been able to keep down is two spoons of soup, half a dozen slices of watermelon, two scoops of ice cream, a small bowl of fried noodles and two slices of bread. I have been drinking as much as I can: water, sports drink and unsweetened hot tea.
I want to come to Indonesia more often. We both love it here. There are lots of mountains to hike and places to see. We’ve barely scratched the surface of this huge country. But I will need to find out a way to manage my fussy stomach for future visits.