Day 7 of our road trip.
I have an ear ache, which started the night before the flight. Both ears are now completely stuffed with a mixture of swimmers ear drops (from Cushion's stash of travelling medication), antibiotic drops (from Dr Bryan of Coromandel Town, NZD80 for consult + NZD15 for drops), and a baking soda solution (recipe free from Dr WebMD). I can't hear a thing and am learning to read lips. Cushion playing doctor. Details of what he's doing too disgusting to blog about, but if you must know, it involves a straw.
Got stung by a jelly fish at Hot Water Beach 2 nights ago. "Very strange," the locals said, "It's not jelly fish season." No after hours doctor available, closest one a ferry ride away. Bathed foot and ankle in urine (on the advice of young man with experience, urine kindly donated by Cushion) and white vinegar (kindly donated by restaurant at lodging), took an antihistamine (from Cushion's stash of travelling medication), applied pawpaw ointment for good measure.
Flu now coming on. Possibly from hiking up Mount Maunganui in rain yesterday. Achoo. Cough cough. Feverish. Taking antibiotics (from Cushion's fast depleting stash of travelling medication)
About to start off on a hike through the Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Please, Cosmic Protector of Intrepid Travellers, please don't let me step into a boiling mud pool or get spat on by a geyser. I'd really appreciate a break. Thank you.
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