Wednesday, March 30, 2005

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My friends will know that the "foster factor" is the unexplainable force which causes anything that could possibly wrong to go wrong in all matters relating to me (and sometimes the people unfortunate enough to associate with me). Some may recognise this as the familiar "law according to Mr. Sod", but this is not sufficiently specific enough to refer solely to me.

Anyway, after a month of living in Kathmandu, I finally get ill. There is much speculation about what it could be - Nhish is still adamant I had an acute seroconversion illness (HIV) after my blood donating session (another story) - but I know it I was ill before I gave blood, and that HIV usually takes about 2-4 weeks (min) to seroconvert.

Infinitely more likely is that I have a case of food poisoning, which, I hear you all cry, is hardly a case of the foster factor striking – until you hear the reasons:

1) Having been ‘studying’ at the hospital for a month, I could easily have been ill. Having four or 5 days off then would have been almost enjoyable. However, to get crook on the LAST DAY of my placement is clearly unfortunate.
2) Factor into that the fact that I had just, only the day before, confirmed my tickets for Chitwan – a 300 USD jungle safari extravaganza (more later + piccies!)
3) And of course, I am due to start my Everest (base camp) trek in only 5 days (from time of illness.

So, I think you’ll agree this is a trip-threatening turn of events, easily qualifying of foster factor status!

My illness comprised mostly of terrible colicky abdominal pain (worst, surprisingly, at night) and a swinging, high grade fever the likes of which I cannot remember ever having (no mother, I don’t remember the infantile febrile convulsions, ok?).

However, after one day of inability to leave the house, I ventured out – to Chitwan! Took things a little easy, and tried to stay relatively close to the toilet. And keep a bottle of water with me at all times. And it didn’t really ruin the trip. I had decided that if I was not much better by the time I got back (5-6 days into the illness) I would run along and pick myself up some ciprofloxacin, but the illness I had the day I flew back to Kathmandu (yesterday) was mostly alcohol related – a couple of auzzy guys and English gals showed up at the Jungle Island resort on my last night and insisted we ‘celebrate’ something or other…

So I guess I’m ok now; stomach still a little delicate. But nothing to stop me embarking on my Everest (base camp) adventure first thing on the 1st April.

I have had a last minute thought though – this isn’t all an incredibly elaborate April Fools joke is it…?

See you all soon(ish).

Nx

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Perhaps not surprising you;ve finally succumbed to stomach problems - all the drinking?? :):)

Could it have been the very rare steak at the Yak & Yeti?

Hope feeling better!

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