I’m struggling to get Sierra Leone out of my system, quite literally.
The results of my re-entry medical check have finally come through, and it turns out I’ve been harbouring some more parasites.
This time it’s Giardia lamblia. They’re not so grizzly as the earthworm-sized roundworm that made its home in my guts recently (and which thankfully didn’t emerge from my nose, as a doctor told me can happen).
They most commonly manifest themselves through eggy burps, which have – to The One With The Common Sense’s relief – been notable by their absence.
However, I’ve displayed plenty of the other symptoms of giardiasis listed by the NHS, including abdominal cramps, nausea, fatigue, bloating and – to The One With The Common Sense’s chagrin – “foul-smelling flatulence”.
So the diagnosis explains a lot and I’ll cling to it as an excuse for as long as possible. Continue reading