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Old 05-25-2015   #16 (permalink)
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Sorry to hear you were sick. I think I will ask the Doc. if there is anything a person could take to lessen the chances of getting sick. One of my friends takes Vermox before she leaves.
Getting sick on vacation must be awful.
I would be curious to know, as well, if one could do something proactive to offset the risk of picking up a food borne malady on vacation. I read that taking a daily dose of pepto is a good idea. I wonder how helpful that would be in actuality. What is vermox?
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I am not writing a trip report this time, but I figured I might as well share the pictures I did take. I tried to add where the food pictures were taken in the picture info.

I got sick about 4/5 days into our trip and am really only just not getting back to normal after 15 days. I don't know if it was something I ate or what...nothing stands out as questionable. No fever, no vomiting, and besides one day I felt ok except for the stabbing stomach pains and diarrhea, so probably something bacterial. BUT I couldn't eat...so I stopped trying and drank Diet Coke all day and then added rum at night. It wasn't fun and I hope this never happens to me again. Dave felt crappy one day, but that was it.

Anyway, here is the link to my Flickr album. I would be happy to answer any questions.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/994505...57652818118780

Hey Wendy, where did you stay on this trip? I think you were at Xaman Ha last time. Just wondering if you chose to go back there or moved on to other lodging? Did you dodge the seaweed influx? Your beach pictures looked lovely. I was reading a great trip report on Tripadvisor - an Aussie who just left PDC. He stayed at XH and noted the seaweed was bad and the water was brown last week but Mamitas beach was in good shape.

What is that beautiful green slushy looking drink and where is it from????

Sorry you got so sick. I am assuming you tried Immodium and it didn't touch it?
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I would be curious to know, as well, if one could do something proactive to offset the risk of picking up a food borne malady on vacation. I read that taking a daily dose of pepto is a good idea. I wonder how helpful that would be in actuality. What is vermox?
Before our first trip, the Boy Rat's Pediatrician recommended taking a Pepto Bismol tablet in the morning and at night. (They're no longer pediatric patients), But the regimen has served us well. We've never been careless, but neither have we been cautious.

Mrs Rat and I have had to take imodium on a couple of occasions, but because we're divers, we have, shall we say, less margin for error.

Google Pepto Bismol, and Wikipedia has an informative entry, which basically supports the Pediatricians advice.

Just bought tickets for our 8th trip, and have become more comfortable. We basically eat anything and everything from everywhere.
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Sorry to hear you were sick. I think I will ask the Doc. if there is anything a person could take to lessen the chances of getting sick. One of my friends takes Vermox before she leaves.
Getting sick on vacation must be awful.
My doctor told me to take Pepto Bismol daily when in Mx. The Bismol part helps ward off GI problems. I tried it but I so hate the taste that I quit after 2 days. Lol!

Whenever we go back, I will try to make myself swallow the pills whole after having "the revenge." No way can I drink that stuff or chew the pills, lol!
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Before our first trip, the Boy Rat's Pediatrician recommended taking a Pepto Bismol tablet in the morning and at night. (They're no longer pediatric patients), But the regimen has served us well. We've never been careless, but neither have we been cautious.

Mrs Rat and I have had to take imodium on a couple of occasions, but because we're divers, we have, shall we say, less margin for error.

Google Pepto Bismol, and Wikipedia has an informative entry, which basically supports the Pediatricians advice.

Just bought tickets for our 8th trip, and have become more comfortable. We basically eat anything and everything from everywhere.
How many do you take a day? The recommended dose is 2 pills 4x/day. That seems like A LOT. I was thinking of just one pill each morning & night. I wonder if that will be enough or not even worth the bother.
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[quote=sonya_thomas;2105664]I would be curious to know, as well, if one could do something proactive to offset the risk of picking up a food borne malady on vacation. I read that taking a daily dose of pepto is a good idea. I wonder how helpful that would be in actuality. What is vermox?[/quote]

I might not have the spelling exactly right but vermox is a product she bought in Mexico that is taken in two parts/days and offers up to 6 months protection from parasites which she had got one (parasite) on a previous trip. She has none now saying she forgot to buy some when she left this last year. When she got the parasite she was living for 6 months in Mexico on the west coast and said she was sick for a long time
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Hey Wendy, where did you stay on this trip? I think you were at Xaman Ha last time. Just wondering if you chose to go back there or moved on to other lodging? Did you dodge the seaweed influx? Your beach pictures looked lovely. I was reading a great trip report on Tripadvisor - an Aussie who just left PDC. He stayed at XH and noted the seaweed was bad and the water was brown last week but Mamitas beach was in good shape.

What is that beautiful green slushy looking drink and where is it from????

Sorry you got so sick. I am assuming you tried Immodium and it didn't touch it?
We stayed at Xtudio on 5th. We typically try someplace different each trip. We loved Xaman Ha, but we don't need the space when its just the two of us. There were days with little seaweed, and days with tons. And days where it was clear and then all of a sudden...bam...it was everywhere. And it could be awful right in front of us, but a few yards in either direction was clear. There was never a day where we couldn't get in the water somewhere, or sometime.

The green drink is a cucumber daiquiri at babes Noodle Bar. They are amazing, but I'm a sucker for anything cucumber.

I had some Immodium, but I didn't take it until it was airport day. It kicked in after several doses, but it makes me miserable for days.
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I would be curious to know, as well, if one could do something proactive to offset the risk of picking up a food borne malady on vacation. I read that taking a daily dose of pepto is a good idea. I wonder how helpful that would be in actuality. What is vermox?
My uncle is a gastro doctor, and he suggested the pepto method years ago. I tried and made it 2 days before I quit...the bloating and constipation was too much for me to take.
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How many do you take a day? The recommended dose is 2 pills 4x/day. That seems like A LOT. I was thinking of just one pill each morning & night. I wonder if that will be enough or not even worth the bother.
1 tab in the morning and 1 at night.

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My uncle is a gastro doctor, and he suggested the pepto method years ago. I tried and made it 2 days before I quit...the bloating and constipation was too much for me to take.
I've heard that before - some guts just can't tolerate it.

Edit to add: Heads up though. It turns some people's tongue (sides and back) brown, and makes the stool very dark. First trip down, the youngest boy rat, who was 10 1/2, got us up in the middle of the night with tear filled eyes, terrified by the look and color of his tongue. We're very deep sleepers, so it took a bit for things to register, but soon figured it out. Even he thinks the episode is funny now.

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the last couple of times about 2 weeks before my trips to Playa, i take a daily pill of Culterelle probiotics and haven't had my normal tummy issues when i go.

sorry you felt bad, Wendy. thanks for sharing your gorgeous pics!
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Love the pics Wendy! Missing UmmaGumma! Hoping to see you guys in October. XOXO
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My uncle is a gastro doctor, and he suggested the pepto method years ago. I tried and made it 2 days before I quit...the bloating and constipation was too much for me to take.
Hi Wendy,
I asked the Doc about what to take and He mentioned Dukoral which is about 80 bucks here in Canada, and other then that he suggested to get all vaccinations current.
I always like your pictures, thanks for sharing.
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In most all of my trips I have had stomache issues,etc ranging from a day or two right up to 5 -6 days. This past trip I decided to try Dukoral. No issues. Just lucky ? Maybe, but going to give it a go again for sure.
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In most all of my trips I have had stomache issues,etc ranging from a day or two right up to 5 -6 days. This past trip I decided to try Dukoral. No issues. Just lucky ? Maybe, but going to give it a go again for sure.
This doesn't appear to be available in the US?
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