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When You Become Ill in an RV



blog-0415315001395066428.jpegIt ain’t pretty.

But it isn’t as bad as I though it would be, either.

I knew something was wrong as soon as I got up that morning. I was queezy feeling and very chilled. Yet the sun was shining and it was already in the 70′s outside. We had arrived in Naples, FL the afternoon before. We ate dinner at a local restaurant and, 12 hours later, I could feel that dinner still sitting in my belly like a brick.

I’m not sure whether it was food poisoning or the stomach flu or if there is really a difference between the two. But for all of that day, I was ill.

You know that saying we have on the Roadtreking shirts – Small House, Bg Yard? Let’s just say that Jennifer spent as much of her time that day in the big yard.

I stayed curled up, covered up, shivering in the Roadtrek, grateful that the bathroom was two steps away in our small house.

It’s not fun being sick. Ever. But this only lasted about 18 hours or so. I even drove Jennifer to a local shopping center and she did some shopping while I slept in the back of the Roadrek. When your home is your RV, your home is wherever you are…in a campground, a boondocking spot or a shopping center

It was cozy and comforting and despite feeling miserable, the day passed surprisingly fast, By the next day, I was back to normal.

If you travel enough in your RV, it’s inevitable. You will get sick on the road. According to a recent survey commissioned by World Access, a travel-insurance and assistance company, more than 35% of business travelers said they or a colleague have become seriously sick or injured while away from home.

We carry a small first aid kit. Included in it is a thermometer. I had no fever, despite the chills. But if I had a fever, we would have gone to a local doctor or clinic. Usually, RV campgrounds have a list of local doctors and emergency clinics that they can provide ill guests.

And because many illnesses are contagious, there is always the danger of your traveling companion coming down with whatever it is you have. So keep your distance as best as possible and – everybody – wash your hands a lot when someone nearby is ill.

Fortunately, Jennifer never did get sick.

The biggest mistake we could have made was to carry on that day as if I was well. We took the setback in stride. We just put off our plans for a day. Jennifer relaxed outside, spent some time in a nearby gym and attended a water exercise class.

I cocooned and … got better.

How about you? Have you ever gotten sick in an RV trip? How did you cope? Any advice? Use comments below to share.


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