21.03.2012 - 27.03.2012
We were so fortunate that a flight from Lima to Delhi with a 6 hour stopover in Toronto was about $300/person more expensive than booking one flight from Lima to Toronto, then a separate flight from Toronto to Delhi a few days later. Doesn’t make any sense but it sure worked in our favour!
The original plan was to fly to Toronto and stay for 3 days. In that time we were going to settle some financial and tax matters, repack, visit friends and family, and have a family birthday celebration for Derek.
Being on a budget in Central and South America means having to eat rice and beans daily. I was ready for change! I planned to eat at my favourite Thai food restaurant with friends. I salivated at the thought of the Polish yumminess my mother-in-law and father-in-law were to bestow upon us. I (almost literally) drooled at thoughts of my dad serving his best Filipino foods. And I was to pair all of this deliciousness with my favourite wines.
Unfortunately, none of that happened.
I had a raging fever from our stopover flight in Bogota to Toronto and it persisted for a few days. Worse than the bloodwork I had to give 2 times a day and worse than having to provide samples you really don’t want to know about, I couldn’t keep any food down.
At Derek’s birthday celebration with his family and my family, guests came in with delicious offerings of Asian food, Polish food, wines, and my favourite desserts. All I could do was put some food on my plate and literally lick at it so that I could taste what I was missing. Even licking my food didn’t help my situation as I would run to the bathroom as my Uncle Al would shout after me “IMMODIUM!!” Thanks Uncle Al
A couple of days later, the antibiotics kicked in and the fever went away. My bloodwork indicated that I did NOT have malaria and the working antibiotics meant that I probably had something bacterial and it meant that my fears that an opportunistic parasite wasn’t laying dormant and laying eggs in my gut! Yay!
We are so lucky to have the wonderful friends and family that we have. To my friends that I had to cancel on – I’ll see you in 4 months and that really isn’t too far away!
Off to India we went!!
On a funny note, I was having bloodwork done by a woman originally from Punjab, India. I told her that the bloodwork had to be done quickly because I was going to India. Then she stopped what she was doing, looked me straight in the eyes, spoke in a low, serious voice and said ,” Why would you want to go there??? I’m from India and I don’t want to go back.”