September 26, 2008

The D-train

No, it's not a form of public transportation. The D-train is good old diarrhea, and it becomes a regular part of life here. I'm not sure if it's the new viruses that we're not used to, or the food that we refuse not to eat, or the germs on the handles of the taxi doors. Truth is, there is no avoiding it. They say it will subside after six months or so, but for now, it comes and goes and we don't think much of it anymore. Thankfully, the kids are affected the least. Must be their young bodies adjust more easily. And please don't let the fear of the D-train keep you away. When you come visit us, you'll have such a great time that you won't even notice the extra time you spend on the John.

The good news is, I've discovered the cure for dehydration. 1 tsp. salt and 8 tsp. sugar dissolved in 1 liter of warm water. It tastes a little odd at first, but if you heat it up in a mug and sip it like tea, it's actually quite relaxing. I have grown to rather crave the stuff. Something about the salt and sugar combination helps your body to absorb the water better than water alone, and it doesn't come shooting out the second you drink it. (Lovely imagery, I know).

So, if you're ever plagued with the D-train, in the states or abroad, make sure you have salt, sugar, and clean water on hand and you'll be fine. Oh...I forgot about the most important remedy...a positive attitude. Absolutely a must.