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I've been waylaid by Montezuma's revenge in Guadalajara. I'm recovering, but I might end up going to a clinic tomorrow anyway.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Tue Nov 27th, 2012 at 03:50:33 PM EST
Aaaargh. Get well soon.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Nov 27th, 2012 at 04:04:37 PM EST
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Yikes, get well soon.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Nov 27th, 2012 at 04:05:11 PM EST
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That is where I got it in the '60s, from a nice looking little green side salad at a Howard Johnson's cafe. I think Lomotil and Immodium are the store bought descendents of what the Peace Corps folks fondly referred to as 'El Tapon'. It at least made it safe for me to travel after a day, though the misery lingered for a couple more days. Fortunately I didn't suffer from motion sickness, as we were traveling to Autlan de Navarra, which was a delightful little town with a canvas covered mercado which sold fresh squeezed orange juice from local oranges for five centavos per half litre - virtually free. Across from the mercado was the bandstand in the town square. Autlan sits on the floor of a valley surrounded by mountains soaring a couple of thousand feet higher, up to around 6,000 feet, where you have cloud forest some of the time. On the western slopes there were stands of virgin walnut trees between four and five thousand feet in elevation - a good location for a walnut saw mill and veneer factory. Don't know if those stands remain. Probably do.  

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Nov 27th, 2012 at 04:24:02 PM EST
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I have no idea where I got it. I always assume it's the least likely candidate. I've had plenty of uncooked leafy and otherwise veggies down here with no issue, and I ate nothing of the sort for the 48 hours before I got sick.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Tue Nov 27th, 2012 at 05:59:16 PM EST
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Well, I don't really KNOW where I got it, but that was the only time I didn't share a meal with my traveling companion, an old hand at field work in rural Mexico, so I just presumed.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Nov 28th, 2012 at 02:08:26 AM EST
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please be careful

pharmacies and doctors in Mexico will give you an antibiotic which is common there, chloamphenicol, which may cause aplastic anemia, by killing all of your blood stem cells

Drugs that cause aplastic anaemia may also be related to benzene. The antibiotic, chloramphenicol and the anti-inflammatory, phenylbutazone are two examples. Neither is commonly used in Western countries, but because they are cheap to produce, they are in widespread use in the developing world.

by stevesim on Wed Nov 28th, 2012 at 03:06:19 AM EST
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