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The most expensive broccoli in the history of broccolis

Cusco, PeruCusco, Peru
Broccoli is such a normal, typical, and casual vegetable, wouldn't you agree? It's not my favourite but I like it, especially in stir-fry or mashed with cauliflower. 

It was a very common day, 23rd November, and after work I decided to make stir-fry for dinner. Vegetables, mushrooms, chinese spices, and soy sauce was exactly what I needed. Usually I boil my broccoli and cauliflower before I use it in anything but this time I decided to keep it on the fire for longer without boiling. I have to say the dish kicked ass and it disappeared very quickly.
That was beginning of the end. Stomach cramps within two hours of eating, not sleeping at all, and then Friday at work wasn't the easiest of workdays. Later I tried to go to salsa lesson as usual on Friday night and for a while I forgot about the pain but it quickly came back, which made me play pool really crappy. On Saturday I managed to take a bus to the supermarket as walking around fresh markets wasn't possible. Another day passed and Sunday morning came. I felt good but by 3pm (15:00) everything changed. Terrible abdominal pain was increasing in strength and after about 7 hours of it I couldn't take it anymore. I asked my friend Libertad to go to a private clinic with me.  

At that moment I realised you never think those things would happen to you. I agree that we shouldn't go through life worrying about pretty much any possibility of something negative happening to us but how weird it is that we only appreciate even the simple things when those bad things happen to us. I remember when I was a kid and I would get ill, even a sore throat and inability to speak would make you appreciate the moments when you feel well. Did it happen to you? The promises you made to yourself saying if only I get the health back I will appreciate it more. 

This time I was telling myself if I can only be able to eat again or drink, I will be more careful.

When I arrived in the hospital, after quick entry egzamination I was called stupid about three times. Mostly because of moderate to severe dehydration of my body, which I completely understood but it was difficult to even drink water. Amazingly when your stomach hurts you don't obviously think straight - even water, the fluid that gives life, was not a priority if it meant more pain, ergo no drinking or eating for two days and then doctors call you stupid. 
To cut long story short I stayed in the hospital, they pumped lots of electrolites in me and after they diagnosed me, also lots of antibiotics. Acute gastroenterocolitis was my diagnosis (and contrary to a grammar pun you can make here it was not cute at all) - after a bit of reasearch it turns out it's a common cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide {"type":"www", "url":"https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/176515-overview","date":"07 December 2017","title":"Viral Gastroenteritis","author":"Michael Vincent F Tablang"}, when you read things like that - then you take things seriously. I decided not to stay more than 24 hours in the clinic and went home. Next few days I took it easy and right now I'm back to normal apart from reduced strength. I have slept more in the last week than normally within a month! I usually sleep 4-5 hours a day but now it's more like 8-12 :D Crazy right? 

Anyway having paid my bill of 400 GBP I realised it has been the most expensive broccoli I did not boil, so obviously from now on - no more raw vegetables. Funnily the first meal I got in the hospital was, you guessed right! broccoli.. I mean seriously?!
My first meal, it took a while before I decided to eat that broccoli
Sometimes you need a moment to remind you what is important in life, sometimes those things come down to the simplicities like eating, drinking, or just feeling better. After my incident in Honduras that left me unable to walk and dance for many weeks you can see that sometimes following your dream and travelling can be interrupted by circumstances technically beyond your reach. But in the end you appreciate every moment more and more..

As Lucas Scott once said: But I wonder if there's no breaking then there's no healing, and if there's no healing then there's no learning. And if there's no learning then there's no struggle. But struggle is a part of life.
 
 
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6th December 2017
03:12:03
I’ve so enjoyed reading your blog this morning Dawid, you write as you speak - so I feel like I’ve had a long conversation with you! It’s amazing to hear how happy and fulfilled you are. Take care and keep writing! Lisa
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