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Yeah, it’s been a while.  I actually tried to post the other day, but the connection had died, so have to do it now.

While in Seattle, Diesel and I finished taken care of all the stuff that had to be done for the trip.  He took care of finances (per previous post), we bought the rest of  the gear we needed and we went to the travel clinic to get the necessary shots.

The nurse went through the list of immunizations to see if we were up to date.

Nurse:  “Did you get a shot for hepatitis B?”

Me:  “I don’t know, but I’d like to think that I’m immuned to most things having grown up in a third world country.”

I laughed.  Diesel laughed.  She didn’t.

She told Diesel to call his mom and ask if he got his hepatitis B shot when he was little.

Diesel (on the phone with Mom Sale):  “Mom, do you know if I got my hepatitis E shot when I was little?”

Diesel:  “What?  You don’t know?  What kind of mother are you?”

Diesel laughed.  I laughed.  Mom freaked out and said she would look for his shots records.  The nurse was again not amused.

We sat there for another half hour going over all the horrible diseases that you can get while traveling.  The rule of thumb is that if you have any sort of persistent flu symptoms of diarrhea, you should go to the doc tor because it might be anything from yellow fever to malaria, to dengue to well, just a bad flu or diarrhea.

She then told us to stay away from street food.  “You can get hepatitis A from food that hasn’t been properly washed or handled.”

Diesel and I looked at each other like accomplices.  The nurse noticed.  Once again she was not amused:  “I see that you guys won’t be following my advice, but I have to warn you anyway.”

Just like birth and life are part of life, so is diarrhea and food poisoning part of traveling.  It’s inevitable.


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