So, for that magnificent vacation that we have planned to Peru and Ecuador, we had to get some immunizations. Safety first! We went to the travel clinic at the best hospital I've ever walked into, Mt Auburn in Cambridge, MA, where they promptly shot us up with Yellow Fever vaccine, an MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) shot - evidently they're not so confident in the ones we got in the early 70's, Hepatitis A, and tetanus/diphtheria boosters. Jeepers.
So, I didn't eat before we went and almost passed out. Not from the pain or even getting shot up. This lady knew what to do with a needle, I barely felt a thing. I just got really dizzy. I recovered from that just fine with a little food. Went to work. Where I promptly began to suffer really bad hip pain, back pain, and stiffness of the joints. I kinda thought I might feel under the weather, but I wasn't expecting that. I also wasn't planning to work until 7:10, but I did.
We got about 35 pages of info when we went in there. Yesterday I finally read them. Evidently I'm one of the 25% of women who experience this with some of the shots, and it's nothing serious, it'll go away. I think having 4 Big Ones on the same day had something to do with it.
They also packed us up a bunch of scripts for antibiotics, malaria prevention pills, and altitude sickness preventative medication. Jeepers. I've barely been to the doctor twice in the last 5 years, and now I have more meds than I've taken in 15 years!
I guess I'll take the warnings pretty seriously. Boil it, cook it, peel it, or forget it! And lots of deet in the jungle.
Oh yeah, and don't fall off a cliff or get hit by a car.