Friday, January 22, 2010

Cuzco's Curse

To end my 3 part saga of Peru, I would like to share some pictures of the beautiful city of Cuzco. This city has a rich Incan history as well as a strong Spanish influence.

We enjoyed the cute little cafes and restaurants surrounding the Plaza De Armas.

However, don't be fooled by the outer beauty of this city! As you might deduce from the title of this post, Cuzco carries a curse for the innocent traveler. That curse comes in the form of Typhoid Fever! Yes, while in Cuzco, both Steph and I ate something, we're not quite sure what the "something" was, that was contaminated. Feel free to look up typhoid if you're curious as to what exactly contaminated our food....I don't really want to say! As a result, we have been sick in bed for the past 5 days and have missed the entire first week of school!
We went to a clinic nearby soon after we started having symptoms of tyhoid, unbeknownst to us that that's what they were, where they thought it best to pump us full of this gross-looking-neon-yellow-vitamin-enhanced liquid.
Steph's IV-ed wrist and the huge liter of who-knows-what!

It wouldn't have been so bad except for the fact that we felt TERRIBLE at this point and the nurse couldn't find my "invisible" veins. She kept saying "nada" and slapping my arm, which actually really hurt, and poking the needle in my skin only to find that the vein was NOT where she thought it was. When that happened, sometimes she would just pull it out and try it again. But, sometimes she would move the needle while under the skin hoping, in vain, to locate the elusive vein...I didn't like those times to say the least! Finally, after 7 tries and a smaller needle (that I had to pay for!) I was finally able to receive the takes-2-and-a-half-hours-to-get-into-my-body solution that, when it was all said and done, did end up helping my body! But I honestly think I hated every needle-poked, dry-mouthed minute of it!
Thankfully we are on antibiotics now and are recovering. We even think we can be back at school on Monday....which is great news because we miss our students and can only entertain ourselves for so long!
Thanks to everyone for all of your prayers thus far. God is faithful and has shown Himself to be more than enough...even if one has tyhpoid!



  2. ooh... so sorry sis!
    btw... i think the neon stuff you got via IV is what we in the us would call a 'banana bag'... basically an iv bag full of electrolytes & fluids. (we give them to drunks in the ER) :)
    fun times... now you know!
    love ya!