HELP!!Sick in Vietnam!

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   Posted 11/12/2007 3:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Everyone,
Sorry its beena while since i last posted but i have been here in Vietnam for 3 weeks now on holidays and have picked up a bacterial infection and been unable to leave the hotel for 3 days now My sister took me to a local doc yesterday and he put a saline infusion in to help with dehydration and gave me some anti biotics as well as some sachets of good bacteria and one thing im confused about is he also gave me some stuff to drink that tastes just like the glycoprep and i just cant drink it, it makes me throw up and feel worse than i already am, but because i cant take it my sister who im travelling with is upset at me for not forcing myself to drink it. I do feel a little better today but i have had 3 accidents now unable to make it to the bathroom in time. Another major concern is that we are leaving Mui Ne in 2 more days and heading for Saigon by bus and i am scared to death i will have another accident on the bus if i dont get on top of this real soon. I am drinking heaps of water (bottled of course) and not eating anything and still running to the toilet with very watery diahorea (wrong spelling i know). Any suggestions would be gratefully accepted, and does anyone else think i should force myself to drink the disgusting stuff? My only thoughts on that is perhaps the doc wants to flush my system out but i figure it already is being well and truely flushed, seems to be nothing left in my stomache, but its getting extremely sore with some light bleeding starting to happen from the constant bowel motions, plus my stomache is still recovering somewhat from surgery last january. Sorry its long winded but i am so desperate im spending more time crying than anything else on this so called holiday. It really is just my luck. yeah   Hope you are all well take care thanks in advance for any input

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   Posted 11/12/2007 5:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm so sorry that you're sick while on your trip. I'm concerned by how intense the D is.... My sense is that you'd have access to better medical care in Saigon? If you're going to the bathroom that much, you may need IV fluids again.

Can you or your sister find some immodium (or go back to the doctor for some) just to get you through the bus ride?

Good luck!
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   Posted 11/12/2007 5:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Not sure what to say here but if the Dr. felt stool in your stomach maybe he thought you were C sometimes the water gets past the stool.Imodium might not be helpful if you are full of it. Have you any pred. to get you past this and did the Dr. recomend imodium if you absolutely have to travel.Perhaps you can put the travelling off till your feeling better. I know I had water D when I went on the antiboctics and had to take a couple of imodium and get back on the pred. I don't know your condition as it is so hope you can get past this. Let us know how things go and Best gail

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   Posted 11/12/2007 7:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Well..personally, I wouldn't drink the stuff unless I knew exactly what it was. Call that doc to find out.

Also, do you have a health insurance plan at home? can you email or call them for direction to a recommended care center or doctor in Saigon.
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
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   Posted 11/12/2007 7:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't have any advice but just wanted to send a cyber hug. I am going to Phuket and Singapore in March and what you are going through is what I am afraid of. Like the others, I would rely on immodium for the bus ride. Even though it is super unhealthy I wouldn't drink water that morning and just chew gum to fight the dry mouth. As soon as I got near a toilet Id start forcing fluids again. I hope you feel better soon and have a safe bus ride. Please keep us updated. Bring a plastic bag in case you get nauseated on the bus ride.
26 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  Currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day, hysociamine prn, nexium, and ortho evra.  Good times!!!

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   Posted 11/12/2007 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi i'm sorry to hear that you are sick on your trip that really sucks. Try some Tylenol 3's the codeine will slow down the bathroom trips. Thats what i use sometimes when Imodium just don't work.
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   Posted 11/12/2007 8:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I hope you are on Flagyl and cipro

she probably wants to flush put the bugs in your gut.
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   Posted 11/12/2007 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
The local pharmacy should have packets of rehydration salts, which should help. Of course, an IV is much the same thing, but you won't be able to have an IV while on the bus.

I've spent a lot of time traveling in Vietnam, and so my question: Are you traveling by minibus (as opposed to big public bus)? From my experience, the minibus drivers are good about stopping if you have an emergency, though it should be explained to them that you have this problem before you board.

Yes, I'm certain you'll find good health care in Saigon. If your next stop is Bangkok and you're still ill, check out Bumrungrad Hospital - it's one of the best in the world:

best regards,
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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 11/12/2007 11:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I am so sorry to hear you are sick in Vietnam.  Its bad enough when we get ill in private, let alone when there's noplace to go.
I just had this happen to me on a trip to Italy last month - I was in the Imperial Forum with my boyfriend and ooops, a horrible accident I couldnt avoid.  It was 90 degree heat, and a 20 minute walk to the bus stop, and a half hour ride back to the hotel.  I cried the whole way. My advice to you, besides doing the best you can to take care of yourself, is to be prepared just in case.  Bring a bag in case you have to throw up, wear depends, bring wipes and a change of clothes and hand sanitizer.  An extra bag in case you need to throw anything out.  hopefully the bus driver will stop for you if needed but it will be more comfrting if you are prerpared for the worst.
Hopefully you wont need any of these things, but I only wish I had toted around a little backpack with 'chronie necessities' on my trip.  Would have save me a lot of embarrasment. 
As for the meds - I'd call your doctor before doing anything - this new doctor doesnt know your history as well and you'll get the best advice from your regular doctor. 
Best of luck to you. 
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Asacol / 12 per day
Canasa / 1 per day
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   Posted 11/12/2007 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   
oh how awful being unwell like this so far from home, if it was me I'd buy a pack of diapers for the journey, I'm thinking by the time you get your message across that you need to go to the toilet to someone that perhaps doesn't speak or understand English all that well, your dignity may be lost in translation. Keep your fluids up and take a Codeine to help bung you up.
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