Thank the Buckets!

26 Sep

Just when I was getting used to all of the nice comments from my devoted readers, I had to go and write something like the following. Be thankful I didn’t title this post “Puke Happens” or simply “Vomit.”

When you don’t have running water where you live, you learn quickly how important buckets are. When you live in a house as small as mine, your buckets are always handy.

Of course, their primary function is to carry water for drinking, bathing, washing dishes, washing clothes, or any other reason you might need to transport water. As a matter of fact, I made the comment just this past weekend that I feel like my life is what is happening between moving water from one container to the next.

But wouldn’t you know it, I just threw up.

Really, I did. Like less than 30 minutes ago.

There was a windup, a pitch, and then … strike! Right down the center … of the bucket that sits right behind me. It wasn’t a lot; just enough to make the sour stomach feeling I’ve been having today go away. So for that, I am thankful.

So, why did I puke? Who knows? Maybe that carrot I ate earlier wasn’t properly cleaned. Maybe my water filter doesn’t work as well as I was told it does. Maybe I was introduced to some bacteria today that Americans rarely come into contact with. Maybe you could fill in this blank with dozens of other “maybe” scenarios.

The good news is that I had plenty of water in another bucket to rinse out the one I hurled into. Then I grabbed some refrigerated, filtered water to rinse out my mouth. Life goes on. Buckets 1, Vomit 0.

(For anyone who is worried about my immediate wellbeing, don’t be. I am monitoring the situation, and should I need any kind of medical attention, I will be in contact with the Peace Corps Medical Officer. Approved medical facilities are very close to my home. And, I’m really feeling a lot better now. Thanks for your concern.)


Posted by on 26 September 2012 in Cultural Experiences, Everyday Life


3 responses to “Thank the Buckets!

  1. Kelsey

    26 September 2012 at 9:11 PM

    I can’t believe you threw up and your immediate reaction was to blog about it. You’re a PCV hero.


    • erikhendel

      26 September 2012 at 9:13 PM

      To be fair, I was in the midst of updating my disclaimer page when it happened. Maybe this was my gut’s reaction to Apartheid?


  2. Teri Mulcahy

    27 September 2012 at 6:50 AM

    Glad you are feeling better. Stay hydrated! : ). Even the puke story was a good read!



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