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Dealing with ‘Delhi Belly’

October 5, 2016 7:54 am

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So the inevitable has happened. Delhi belly caught up with us, and all we can do is be thankful that it waited until directly after our delayed, hot and crowded sleeper train from Delhi to Amritsar.

I’ll spare the gory details, but the last 36 hours have been spent in an uncomfortable slumber only broken by quick dashes to the bathroom. We’re actually in what seems to be a really cool hostel in Amritsar, pretty small but very social with lots of events going on. So it’s a shame I haven’t left the room since the night we checked in!

Luckily things now seem to be improving, so we are hoping to make it to the Golden Temple tonight when it’s cooled down. We are then going to pay the extra for a comfortable AC bus to Dharamsala tomorrow (we blame the sleeper train food for sickness after being so careful and eating well in Delhi).

I’d love to be able to impart some wisdom in hindsight as to how to avoid the dreaded Delhi belly, but there really doesn’t seem to be any avoiding it. I got straight on the rehydration sachets, which did perk me up for the meantime, and tried to drink frequently but of course the more you put into your body the more wants to come out, which put me off somewhat. Tom got me some probiotics, which can be taken continually to boost your digestive system. Lucozade also helped give me some strength when I was struggling to keep food down, although strength only in the way that I stayed awake for slightly longer than ten minutes at a time. There is apparently a fail-safe Indian concoction of a teaspoon of fried poppy seeds that soothes bad stomachs, which, although I can’t vouch for, might be worth checking out in desperate times.

So for now it’s another quiet day for us as we rest and try to shed illness. I’m hoping Delhi belly is like chicken pox, and I’ve now paid my time…

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