Giardia and Shigella In Panama – A Sick Single Mum

Giardia and Shigella In Panama

– A Sick Single Mum

Can you believe that this is now our third bout of illnesses between the two of us since we have arrived in this country as Giardia and Shigella In Panama strikes me down!

After our recent trip exploring Panama, is lovely to be back with our friends at the YWAM mission base and in a familiar area in Chilbre.  I am still so run down due to the lack of sleep from the last few nights. Our single parent travels having a toll on me and I believe it is time to take some time to relax. I am glad we are at the place we desired to be at this point.

I look out and relax in the lovely garden they have just planted. It attracts lovely birds and I have even seen a hummingbird.


Exploramum and Explorason – Pretty birds in the garden

Tarantula Fun

My son has fun with the other kids on the back hill as it is full of Tarantula holes. This is great as he wants to study them for his world schooling. I am happy with that as long as the spiders stay at the back of the mission base and do not enter our room. Especially as some of these tarantulas that we have seen here are as big as a hand.

So the kids place bubble gum on a stick and lure the Tarantulas out with the sweet fragrance!  They think it is great as they crawl out of their holes and give them quite a show.  They are not harming them, and they are able to keep their safe distance too.


Exploramum and Explorason – Tarantula at the Panama Mission base

My Symptoms

On the second day, I wake up at 3:30 a.m. and feel just so sick. I get back to sleep and then get up at about 6:00 am and try to drink half a cup of coffee.

My stomach is churning and my head is aching so badly, to the point of a migraine. Soon, I diarrhea; vomiting and I have a high fever. By that night I have aches all over my body and I am in so much pain.

In the middle of the night, I am shivering with a hot water bottle, but every bone in my body aches until I cry out with pain!

My teeth and jaw are so hurting bad, as well as my neck and shoulders. Then by the morning of the second day, I even have swollen glands.
Giardia and Shigella In Panama

Exploramum and Explorason – Explorason catches up on some reading whilst I’m ill

Time For A Doctor

It is then I decide I had better see a doctor, and as I have travel insurance, I do not hesitate. Mind you, even without insurance I would have gone.
A lovely lady visiting the base drives us into town to the clinic. There they perform both blood and stool tests and I am treated as an emergency patient. I am very fortunate as the doctor is booked out and all is closed tomorrow for the public holiday long weekend.

The Big Picture About Giardia and Shigella In Panama


Exploramum and Explorason – It is important to see the BIG picture when you are ill – just like this BIG shoe in the Panama Mall

So here is the big picture about the situation in Panama.  Apparently, the illnesses of Giardia and Shigella In Panama are rife at the moment and I am their next victim. The doctor sees me for about 3 hours whilst he waits for results but other won’t be available for a few days, but treatment must start immediately.

I then leave the surgery with four prescriptions but thankfully there is a pharmacy still open nearby.
Over the next few days, I sleep and rest at the mission base whilst I recuperate.  Yes, there is Giardia and Shigella In Panama and it is important if you get symptoms to seek medical treatment immediately.
It takes a long time to recover from some of the effects. It is times when you are ill that you miss your homeland a lot.  This giant koala in the shopping center makes us think of Australia so much!
Giardia and Shigella In Panama

Exploramum and Explorason – A giant koala in the Panama shopping center makes me miss Australia after I’ve been sick

The Up Side

The positive side of contracting Giardia and Shigella In Panama is that I needed to get my weight down a bit after Christmas and this was well achieved.

The Down Side

The downside is of contracting Giardia and Shigella In Panama is that this is a painful way to lose weight and I don’t recommend it.


Above all, I have never been quite so thankful to be at a mission base.  My son was safe, and it was quiet – not like noisy parts of Panama.

So, so very thankful!

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