Yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry was in Guatemala and Peace Corps volunteers were invited to a special meet and greet. Unfortunately, I woke up at 3am with a high fever and various other symptoms that informed me I had eaten something that was not properly disinfected. Little to say, I did not get to meet the Secretary of State but my fellow friends did. Peace corps volunteers came from all over the country to greet him.
He was also welcomed by the US ambassador Arnold A. Chacon
that's him on the right
Intestinal bugs have been a daily struggle while living here in Guatemala. All vegetables and fruit have to be disinfected with bleach before consumed or else you'll be regretting it for days on end. Fortunately, I have strayed clear from street food and was never hit with Montezuma revenge until yesterday. Many of my friends have spent many days in their service as a Peace Corps Volunteer battling illnesses, intestinal problems and gnarly infections. I even had a friend who's gums started to bleed because he had such a high fever/infection. Another friend currently has ascaris worms (google that) and goodness gracious nobody wants those. Things can get nasty real quick. So, although my sickness got in the way of some serious once in a lifetime plans- I am glad to have almost passed 2 years without the inevitable run in with the runs.
The hardest part about being sick is being alone and sick. Having to take care of yourself with a fever seems like the worst thing in the world. Also, riding the public transportation with with a fever... let's just say I won't ever do that again.