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January 29, 2008

Travel Pooper

Filed under: travel — Tags: , , — patriciaholdenmd @ 11:31 pm


travel tips

I always love to travel, but the problem with me is getting a loose bowel movement. I enjoy trying new things as I travel; trying the cultures of any country I go to. Trying new cuisine is the one thing I enjoy the most. But then I get a loose bowel movement like this one time when I went to China. This is called the “Traveler’s Diarrhea“. Let me give you some overview about this certain disease, so as to avoid getting it.

Traveler’s diarrhea is common to occur in people who travel a lot. About 20-25% ofdiarrhea international travelers gets diarrhea. The usual onset of traveler’s diarrhea is during the first week of travel but may still occur all through out the travel or even after the travel. The easiest way of determining if you got traveler’s diarrhea is the destination of your travel since there is a higher chance of it developing in some countries of Middle East, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. A young adult, immunosuppressed patients, diabetic person, or a person with an inflammatory bowel disease, or even someone who takes H2 blockers or antacid has a higher risk of getting traveler’s diarrhea. But men and women has an equal rate of occurrence. Traveler’s diarrhea is caused by eating or ingesting a fecally contaminated food or water.

Common Symptoms of Traveler’s Diarrhea

  • Abrupt Onset – occurs instantly with out any warning
  • Increased frequency, volume, and weight of stool
  • Altered consistency of stool – it can be soft or watery
  • Frequency usually ranges from four to five loose or watery bowel movement per day
  • Nausea – the feeling of wanting to vomit
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Bloating
  • Fever
  • Urgency to defecate
  • Body malaise – also related to body weakness

This is a benign disease and disappears in 1 to 2 days without treating it. Usually traveler’srestroom diarrhea resolve in a week but in some resolves in a month. This is caused by a bacterial enteropathogen called the Escherichia coli or the ETEC. ETEC causes a watery diarrhea and is commonly developing with low-grade fever.

There are ways that we can do to avoid traveler’s diarrhea. Preventive measures should be practiced, unlike me who sometimes is too stubborn, do not observe or do this preventive measures. But don’t be like me, because I get what I deserve after eating those nasty foods. Here are some ways we can use to prevent ourselves from getting a traveler’s diarrhea.

  • Do not buy or eat food or drink beverages from unhygienic establishments or from street vendors.
  • Raw or undercooked meat and seafood should be avoided.
  • In eating raw fruits and vegetables, peel them yourselves. Don’t eat or buy peeled fruits or vegetables.
  • Tap water, unpasteurized milk and dairy products are usually fecally contaminated.

Traveler’s diarrhea is a self-limiting disease, it resolves without even treating it. But we can oral rehydrate ourselves to be able to replace the lost fluid and electrolytes from our system. Clear fluids are often recommended for us adults.

So let us practice more of the preventive measures for us to enjoy more of our trip or vacation.

January 25, 2008

Vegas Here I Come

Filed under: travel — Tags: , , , — patriciaholdenmd @ 11:10 pm

Las Vegas

I’m so excited preparing for another trip to Vegas with my family. I’ve been to Vegas like thrice this past 2 years, and I never get tired of it. In fact, I always get excited when we are about to go there. It’s not only the gambling, but there are a lot of others things to do in Vegas. The resorts and hotels are really nice; they have a really beautiful spa where I could relax.

This time I want to explore Las Vegas in a different way. There will still be partying and aSkywalk little bit of going to casinos. But what I really want to do is to go to tours. Maybe I will take the Helicopter Tours to the Grand Canyon. See the Eagle point on the western end of Grand Canyon, Guano point, and try the skywalk. I heard that Guano point is the most beautiful spot in Grand Canyon. They said that it has a breath taking scenery. I also want to try the skywalk; I could see the Grand Canyon on a different view, walking through the glass bridge is a little bit scary. I am a bit scared of heights, but I want to try it just for experience.

January 21, 2008

How to Prepare for a Trip

Filed under: travel — Tags: , , , , , — patriciaholdenmd @ 8:36 am


Almost everyone loves to go to “a travel” or have a vacation once in a while. But sometimes we do forget that traveling needs preparation and we get caught up with a last minute travel preps. So I have enumerated some of the pointers that you can try in preparation for a great vacation.

  • First, make sure that you have enough time to plan for the vacation you wanted.
  • If you want to travel outside of your country, be sure that your passport is ready and not expired. Like some countries, they require a renewal of passport 3 months before it expires. Or sometimes you go on a trip, and you didn’t check the expiration date of your passport and you didn’t know that your passport is going to expire while you are outside of your country.
  • Think of the place you wanted to go, and if you have decided where,the place then check the internet for tourist spots in that certain country. Research on the place so you wouldn’t get lost and it would be easier for you to check out the cool places they have.
  • Call up hotels in that country and make reservations, so you won’t be sleeping on the streets when you get there and all the hotels are jammed with other tourists.Also, when you call them on an earlier time before the vacation, they may have a best vacation package that is cheaper than the one they offer during the peak season.
  • Be sure to have the right number of reservations if you are traveling alone or with family or even with friends.
  • Check if the country requires you to get a visa.If they do, then it is better get one as early as you can.
  • Check for open flights. All your preparation will go to waste if you don’t get to reserve a flight.
  • Make a copy of all the documents you will be bringing just in case you lose your stuff such as your passport, driver’s license, credit cards, airplane tickets, checks and other documents.Also leave a copy at home and have it faxed to you in case some problem occurs.
  • Also, try to find out if the country requires departure tax.
  • Try to get something that would fit you or your schedule.Don’t get something that you don’t want, and just got it because there is no other choice. This might end up in a disaster.
  • Have foreign money ready. Make sure that you get to keep foreign money in your pocket; you will need this in traveling or going around. Of course, be sure that money is the right one to use on the certain country you are going to.
  • Check for the cost of bus travel or any local transportation in that country.This can help you to travel easier and select which will be cheaper and more accessible.
  • Make a list of things you will need for that trip. It would help you a lot while packing so you will not forget anything. We do make a list and then suddenly remember something that you need and was not on your list then jot it down.
  • Let someone know that you will be traveling or having a vacation.luggage
  • Make sure to prepare your luggage the night before your departure and not rush on the same day of your departure. A habit of rushing makes us forget something that you might need in our trip.
  • Also, check if you are bringing the right clothes for the certain country.
  • Lastly, if you have an early flight, sleep in early and use you alarm clock.

Well, that’s about it. I hope you have a good time during your travel. The best time to prepare is six months before your expected or planned vacation.

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January 18, 2008

Hello world!

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Welcome…come and see my world!