Thursday, August 2, 2007


The food poisoning is now gone, thankfully. Although, I'd been left with one killer of a cold that has turned into an upper respiratory infection. I've spent the last few days trying to take care of things with vitamin C, paracetamol and heaps of water, but alas, it's not working.

Every time I've gone to the pharmacy to get something, he's offered me antibiotics. You see, antibiotics are the catch-all cure here in India. Students at my undergrad university used to joke that the health care center on campus treated all ailements with salt (to gargle with) and cough drops. It seems like no matter what the problem is, antibiotics are the solution here - which is very scary, as it must be dead easy for antibiotic resistant strains to develop here.

In any case - I succumbed to the pressure, and the fact that it's obvious that I'm sick beyond a common cold and picked up some antibiotics. With any luck, I'll be back on my feet in a few more days, and can actually take advantage of all the outdoor opportunties that Leh has to offer - mountain biking, hiking, rafting, etc.

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