The Coconut

It’s been a few days, and I’ve yet to get back into my work-routine.  Started off well enough; put in 70 games on the first day with the goal of building on that the following morning.  Unfortunately, I woke up at 6 AM with terrible stomach pain.

I tossed and turned for a bit before realizing my fate: Food poisoning.

It’s not the first time I contracted food poisoning and it probably won’t be the last.  Living in a ‘third world’ country means a higher percentage of food is subject to bacteria and, well, ‘them the breaks.’  For the next 24 hours, I exhibited all the symptoms — I’ll spare the graphic details — and was in no position to grind.  Spent almost all of the time cuddled up in my bed, alternating between being too hot (the fever) and too cold (the chills), doing my best to lay completely still as even the slightest movement would put pressure on my abdomen.  Needless to say, it wasn’t fun.

I felt better this morning, but still wasn’t 100%.  Bit of a headache, muscle soreness, and a dry throat — all signs of extreme dehydration.  That’s what happens when you can’t keep anything down, I suppose.  Grabbed a few bottles of water from the fridge, road down to the local market for a coconut, and let the rehydrating begin.  Finally felt healthy enough to play in the mid-afternoon and managed two short sessions (42 games).



Side note: Pretty much all the coconuts I’ve seen/consumed in Thailand are of the green, young coconut variety.  Almost never see any of the fuzzy, brown, traditional ones.

For those keeping score at home, that’s 112 games in 3 days.  Not the greatest output.  My goal, going forward, is to play at least 100 games per day for the rest of the month.  It really shouldn’t be difficult considering I averaged 200+ in December and the games now appear to be much softer — and therefore, much more fun.