Scott had a long night running to the bathroom every couple of hours. Last night’s meal might have been a little premature for his system. By morning his symptoms are as bad as they were on day 1. Becoming worried about fluid and weight loss, he takes some Imodium. After three dosages and no improvement in symptoms we decide maybe it’s time for some Cipro. There is no doctor or pharmacy at Lake Tziscao so I take a combi a couple of towns over to where there is reportedly a pharmacy.
A combi is like a minivan bus that makes runs between two towns stopping wherever there are people who need to get on or off. A combi is never too full. They drive frighteningly fast in these rickety machines. My combi driver was watching a youtube video for most of my ride. There’s always combis passing us on the road and now that I have a first-hand experience of riding in one I’m a little more nervous about sharing the road with them!
The combi drops me at an intersection with a gas station, convenient store, and some ladies selling grilled corn on the cob. I ask the guy at the convenient store about the pharmacy. He indicates it’s just a few blocks down the dusty road heading into town. The pharmacy is little more than a one room cement block structure with some shelves with a meager stock of various medicines. It did not look hopeful. And it’s Sunday. The doctor is not in.
The doors are open, but there’s no one here. After a moment, a lady from the house across the street comes over holding her baby and asks me what I need. I ask her for ciprofloxacino. She understands immediately what I’m asking for and produces an official looking prescription box from one of the shelves. I examine the contents and expiration date. It looks legitimate. I don’t have a whole lot of options so I pay the lady 90 pesos ($7) and go back to the corner to flag down the next combi going my way. I really hope this helps the hubby!