A few weeks before we left for India, I acted against the advice of the CDC and took Dukarol. This was done in hopes of avoiding, what I affectionately call, Delhi Belly.
If you recall, my brother Luke did not take Dukarol. And so, tummies braced in anticipation, we both headed to India hoping to stay healthy.
We were both okay! There was one day in Delhi were Luke’s tummy was upset, but a bit of medicine fixed him right up and he was ready to go to the Taj Mahal. Other than that, we were fine! This is big news, folks. After my first trip to Africa I had parasites. After my first trip to India I was riddled with intestinal difficulties for months. This was my first trip to Asia in which I did not bring home intestinal souvenirs!!
So, this leaves us with the question: how do I repeat such success in the future? Was it the probiotics I downed faithfully before the trip? The Dukarol? The watchful eyes of Varun that did not let raw vegetables or tap water pass my lips?
Honestly, I think it was everything. Thanks to Varun and his family’s generosity and willingness to drag cartons of water around the country, we always had clean water.
Often times it was very tempting to buy food or drinks from the street, but we restrained ourselves.
While I returned home healthy and happy, it’s humbling to realize how many of the people I passed by on the streets or whose villages I snapped pictures of do not have clean drinking water. In fact, according to the UN, “Globally, diarrhoea is the leading cause of illness and death, and 88 per cent of diarrhoeal deaths are due to a lack of access to sanitation facilities, together with inadequate availability of water for hygiene and unsafe drinking water.” Did you know that 1 in 6 people worldwide don’t have access to enough, safe drinking water?
I don’t say this to guilt you or make you feel badly. One of the results of the internet, air travel and globalization is increased knowledge. Being married to someone from another continent has opened my eyes to how the rest of the world lives. I’m thankful for companies like Water Missions and World Vision who are taking the water crisis seriously. Would you join us in giving water to the thirsty?