Monday, October 10, 2011

Staying Optimistic

It's really important to stay optimistic and positive out here because there's always something going wrong, and it can just be a tough experience. That said:

Food Poisoning--The Positives:

Got to skip two classes
Jarlene (my co-fellow) got me some delicious crackers and a drink with electrolytes in it
I needed to lose some vacation weight anyways
It's less likely I'll get food poisoning here again
People are nice to sick people
My squatting muscles are now awesome.
It's a great excuse not to go running or workout
What doesn't kill me makes me stronger


  1. Will. Say thanks to Jarlene from me. I hope you feel better soon.

  2. meh, I'm better now. and I came up with all sorts of reasons why it was actually a good thing to happen! :D

  3. You only got to skip two classes?! Alas, you must have been too weak to work the illness properly. I used to do better with just an ear ache and a light cough. "Mother? Mother? Is that you?"

    I hadn't thought of this before--well, naturally not--but since you mentioned squatting muscles--those are the very ones you need for alpine sports! And surfing! China plus food poisoning can turn you into Shaun White! And Moondoggie! So, although it seemed like a horrible foreign potty nightmare at the time....

  4. Ack! Sorry you got sick - but why does having food poisoning make you less likely to get it again?

  5. You get used to the local bacteria. I had the exact same food as everyone else, but I'm the only one that got sick because they've been living with these bacteria their entire lives.

    That's why one of the first thing that you want to do when you go a foreign country is get some local cultured yogurt. Apparently the bacteria in the yogurt will (apart from upsetting your stomach slightly) also make food poisoning less likely and severe.