Today I am writing you as I am lay on my bed because it so happens that I am sick with a bad case of the dreaded “Stomach Flu”. I began to feel like crap Tuesday night and woke up Monday morning throwing up like crazy. I was feeling weaker by the minute and couldn’t stop my body from shivering. My temperature was rising and I could not find a comfortable position in bed that would not trigger the need to throw up. I was worried because later in the day I had an important test to take and I could not see myself driving 45 minutes back and forth with a tiny trash can in my hand… I must correct myself, I could totally see that happening and that is why I already had one prepared inside of my car, but I did not deem it as safe or necessary.
After I dropped my son off at school, I realized that indeed I was not in any conditions of driving more than 5 miles. What I truly desired at that moment was to throw up and curl up in bed. Once I was finally able to lay down and “rest”, The only thing that came to my mind was “ What would I do if I were camping and felt like this ?” Truly.. I wondered, and wondered hard. I have never felt this sick while outdoors and I feel blessed that I have always had a safe place to be under circumstances like this.
I created a short episode of “Naked and Afraid” in my mind and started thinking of possible ways of overcoming bad nausea and vomiting while outdoors:
-If you have any way of getting a hold of ginger root, make yourself some delicious ginger tea to soothe the nausea.
-Always bring electrolytes with you. They will help you to remain hydrated.
-Curl up inside of your sleeping bag to remain warm.
-If you have a warm compress, you can use it to treat stomach discomfort.
-If you have time, remember to dig a cat-hole before throwing up. You wouldn’t want any wild visitors munching on your left overs (although they would probably appreciate it !)
-Write a list of possible places to stay (guesthouses, etc) in case your trip does not go according to plan. I read this on Mom Goes Camping blog and thought it to be brilliant ! I would have never thought of that as a Plan B, but that is just me…
-If you continue to feel bad and your condition worsens, seek medical attention.
If you have ever had an experience like this while camping or during any other outdoor activity and have any recommendations, please ! Share them with us !
I will go back to my trash can..
Stay safe and healthy !
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