14.1.09

What Doesn't Kill You


Not long ago, wild monkeys in a Malaysian rainforest attacked me. That happened a few months before the wild rat attack that I survived while in Thailand. There was the harrowing escape from 50 angry bulls while hiking in Ecuador, the nearly fatal run-in with a pack of feral dogs in the mean valleys of Canyon Lake, California and the killer cockroaches in Morocco.

Of course there was my being held hostage by two different armed groups in the same week during a trip to Colombia. And while no guns were involved, I cannot forget the fistfights in Ghana, Holland, Italy and Coney Island. These were followed-- years later-- by some brutal verbal fisticuffs in, naturally, Finland, Norway and Denmark.

I have lived to tell about my unpleasant case of trichinosis that I caught while in Guatemala, the malaria that I caught while in Liberia, the strange three day “someone must of drugged my drink” illness that had me laid out flat for three days in a mysterious Parisian apartment. Oh, I must not my six month pregnant belly in a way too small bathing suit in Anguilla-- who knew that embarrassment could be a critical condition?

But what nearly did me in was the salmonella poisoning that I got this weekend. Never eat Indian food at an Irish restaurant cooked by a Chinese chef.

Photo by Andrew Carter

7 comments:

LeftLeaningLady said...

That sounds miserable.

Hope you feel better soon.

Margo said...

that stuff's the WORST. You seriously feel like you're going to die. Hope you recover quickly!

Mariecel said...

Wow. I can have an adventurous streak now and then, but I wouldn't go so far as to eat the food you described. Kudos to you for courageousness!

The Self-Deprechaun said...

You must be thinner though? Let's look at the silver lining.

Imogen Lamport said...

Wow - you've had a bummer of a time. Let's hope the canibal, head shrinking pygmie tribes of South Guatemala don't get you too.

But food poisoning is the pits!

mannequin said...

gawd, woman. have you no discretion ?

saying that, i sure you hope you haven't croaked or anything.


:)

Noah's Mommy said...

So sorry to hear about your recent illness...anything that would best being prego in a swimsuit...or killer cockroaches..must be horrible....it probably wasn't the definition of melting pot you were looking for....what's the phrase...what doesn't kill us...makes us stronger....or is that scotch....