A few weeks ago, my husband and I traveled to St. Lucia for our vacation. We planned to hike the Gros Piton and even trained for it! What we didn’t plan on were the potential emergencies that can happen when you are out of the country!
It was a warm summer day; our group had tenaciously climbed to the top of that mountain! I’ll admit it, this was one of the most physically and emotionally challenging excursions I had ever experienced, and yes, the view was magnificent!
With 2400 sq feet up, it was time to make it back down. What could go wrong?
One member of our group was lagging, I could hear them shuffle their feet, which is unusual given the terrain. After asking a few questions, it seemed as though they were showing symptoms of being hypoglycemic. Not one person in our group had any glycemic tabs or gel, electrolyte tabs, power or beverages or food. We only had water left.
I asked our guide where the nearest hospital was, and he answered: “the next island over.” WHAT?!
Thankfully, another group was also coming down the mountain and had everything we didn’t. They gladly shared everything, sugar tablets, electrolyte drink, and half a sandwich. Within 20 minutes, our group member was visibly better and physically ready to continue down the mountain.
After we returned safely to our hotel, we looked up how many people have perished on this excursion. The average is one person dies every year due to heat stroke or heart attacks.
This statistic plus the recent events for US travelers to the Dominican Republic inspired me to share travel health tips.
Preparation for a vacation can beat an unwanted staycation
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