On Being Sick Abroad

Double Rainbow

Double Rainbow

I have a special knack for getting sick. Not as in, I always have a cold, or catch whatever is “going around,” I usually avoid such common illness’ that would actually make sense to contract. Instead, my body likes to play a fun game of getting seemingly random, often totally sudden bizarre illness. This makes some sense, given when I take medication I almost never get common side effects, but will get the strange, not so common ones. My body values it’s individuality. I however, do not. Except for when I take Sudafed and feel euphoric instead of anxious or jittery. Normally, my body’s penchant for uniqueness is inconvenient, and I’ve been lucky that when I do get sick that I don’t have to miss important things, or take time from school. I’m also normally home, in the states where prescriptions, referrals, and 24 hour clinics and pharmacies are a given.

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Climbing a Glacier in Iceland.

Glacier

Glacier

Let me tell you. The best way to hike a glacier, or climb an ice wall probably does not involve waking up, morning of, in the far too early hours of a new day, dry heaving. Nor, after feeling chills and nausea is it probably best to drag yourself to said glacier, strap on crampons and have a go scaling a vertical wall of ice. But thats exactly what I did. Feeling like I had a mild flu or not, I was going to do this. After all, how often is one in Iceland? In my mind, I had no other choice.  Continue reading