I Don’t Even Care Anymore

I had a good run without any health problems or scares for about five days.

On Sunday my hands started erupting into an itchy rash. By Tuesday I was covered with at least a hundred red dots throughout my body with debilitating itching. I did some internet self-diagnosis (I chose scabies) before going to an English-speaking dermatologist the next day. He diagnosed me with papular urticaria, an allergic reaction to insect bites such as bed bugs, which the hostel room I just left had tons of. He said it will take about a week to clear. The spots may remain for some time.

Off the top of my head…

-Current unresolved stomach issue
-Many many colds
-Mysterious viral infection (body aches)
-Rabies vaccine side effects (dizziness)

I’ve stepped foot in two doctors offices and four hospitals. There was also that house call where the doctor’s assistant injected a dose of cipro into my ass. I think he hit a nerve because I couldn’t put weight on one leg for half an hour.

I guess my body is not made for travel.


  1. Jack Goes Forth January 25, 2008 at 10:09 am

    This is the only thing I really worry about concerning future travels…

    Did you have to get any vaccinations before going down there? I figured they pump people full of drugs before letting them go to a shithole like Bolivia.

    Jack Goes Forth’s last blog post: Do Now, Think Later.

  2. Jo January 25, 2008 at 10:25 am

    Your stomach issues could be Traveler’s Diarrhea actually, and easily cured with antibiotics.

    Jo’s last blog post: Incomplete.

  3. Lemmonex January 25, 2008 at 10:28 am

    I am sure you have already thought of this, but have you been taking Airborne? I am a believer…

    Lemmonex’s last blog post: On Kindness.

  4. digitalcolony January 25, 2008 at 11:34 am

    Whenever I sit next to a heavy traveler on a plane, I always ask them how they stay healthy given the foreign microbes and stress of traveling. The 2 best tips I learned:

    1- Never touch your face. Eyes, nose, face, ears.
    2- Build your immune system via foods rich an antioxidants and phytonutrients. The book SuperFoods RX breaks that down.

    Hope you feel better.

    digitalcolony’s last blog post: Jump Jump.

  5. dchero January 25, 2008 at 11:54 am

    I am sure you have already thought of this, but have you been taking Airborne? I am a believer…

    save your money and get the vitamin c & zinc pills

    dchero’s last blog post: Suicide Breeds More Suicides.

  6. Dasha7 January 25, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    ROOSH…ok, I get it, you get sick easily (enough with this posts about stomach and bed bugs…) CAN YOU WRITE SOMETHING ABOUT BRAZIL? you’ve been there for some time now but we still haven’t heard anything interesting (other than the fact that you can get a PRADA phone there)PLEASE? 🙁
    I know there is plenty written about Brazil everywhere these days…but I’m curious to hear YOUR THOUGHTS!!

  7. Dasha7 January 25, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    P.S. I didn’t mean to sound unsympathetic…i’m sorry that you are sick:(

  8. roissy January 25, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    subtract the doctors, medicine, and hospital visits and you just wrote a post on natural selection for pathogen resistance.

    roissy’s last blog post: Compassion Creates More Cads.

  9. Joe T. January 25, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    Yes, and Roissy would know what Nietzsche said… whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

    Joe T.’s last blog post: Twenty-Four Hours In Buenos Aires.

  10. Beach Bum January 25, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    I don’t think that your body isn’t made for travel. I think that your body isn’t made for BUDGET travel. I doubt you’d be having any of these issues if you were crashing at 5 star hotels instead of hostels…

    Just saying 😉

    Beach Bum’s last blog post: Ah, the joys of craigslist….

  11. Roosh January 25, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    No vaccine is required but there are a couple you really should get (hep A, typhoid, tetanus booster). I also have hep B, yellow fever, and now rabies.

    Yeah yeah brazil is coming next week.

  12. Jo January 25, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    Haha, I agree with Beach Bum! Not only was I born in South America but travel there every 2 years and I’ve -never- gotten any of those weird sicknesses you and your hostel buddies have gotten… It’s gotta be the accomodations.

    Jo’s last blog post: So… when’s the big day?.

  13. Joe T. January 25, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    The sickest I’ve ever been was in St. Croix, the US Virgin Islands. I stayed in a cheap hostel and got a horrific case of infectious conjunctivitis (pinkeye) apparently from drying my face on a dirty towel. I had a fever of well over 100, I was actually lying prostate in bed and couldn’t move for a while, and huge gobs of pus were coming out of my eye sockets. To make things worse it was the Easter holiday, so doctors were closed…. The natives told me it is common and they dunk their heads under the salt water… it helped until I got back to Puerto Rico and saw a doc who gave me antibiotics. I almost lost my eyes, I think!

    Joe T.’s last blog post: Twenty-Four Hours In Buenos Aires.

  14. Bobby Rio January 25, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    Hopefully these illnesses don’t ruin your time in Brazil.. if the girl’s wonder why the hell you covered with skabies and rashes… just tell them you picked up a rare STD at HELP… they’ll understand.. in fact they expect it!!

    Bobby Rio’s last blog post: Online Dating Tips.

  15. eugenius January 25, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    Roosh I know we’ve talked about this before, but your body is reaaaaaaaaaaaaly telling you STOP STAYING AT FUCKEN HOSTELS!!!!!!

    in Jay-Zs words…

    “If you’re having itch problems
    I feel bad for you son,
    I got 99 problems but an itch aint one”


  16. miik January 25, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    Next time – before you go

    1 Get really really fat + don’t eat anything the whole time.

    2 Get one of those suits from “Dune” that recycles all of your “water”.

    3 Coat yourself with Teflon and Neosporin.

    Seriously I hope you get better

  17. Anonymous January 26, 2008 at 2:19 am

    I just picked my ass and plowed my hand into a big bag of chips..

    I hope its not the stinky pinky thats getting me sick, but these chips are tasty..


  18. Trin January 26, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Get some OFF! and use it.

    Then you better hope it works and that you don’t have the papular uticaria associated with HIV.

    Feel better.

  19. Ava V January 26, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    I like the self diagnoisis, way to be an alpha male and be proactive. maybe next time travel like bubble boy. it has some significant downsides (difficult to pick up women), but at least you wouldn’t be having health problems.

    Ava V’s last blog post: Growing Up?Is It Necessary?.

  20. craig of travelvice.com January 27, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Bed bugs are horrible little creatures. The best thing any traveler can do is learn to identify them before it’s too late.

    This is a photo of a bed bug — one of many found in a particular guesthouse in Bangkok. More photos here.

    If you see one of these guys, get the hell out of that room (or hotel/hostel/guesthouse)! You not only need to worry about getting bitten while you reside there, but from the creatures crawling into your pack, or laying eggs inside the cracks and crevices of your gear.

    Take anti-itch meds to keep from clawing yourself — scratches lead to secondary infections — and rip everything apart in an open space so that you can verify there are no hitchhikers in your gear before changing hostels.

    craig of travelvice.com’s last blog post: Playing The American Name Game.

  21. Anonymous January 28, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    ghonnaherpasyphilaids too

  22. miik January 29, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    I just talked to a couple that travels in South America alot

    They recommend the Steri pen as a way to cut down on probs down there – check it out


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