We have been home for 9 days and are still recovering. Our trip was 36 hours door to door. Gopal is still dragging, we had significant swelling in our hands and feet for a few days, and I contracted a laryngitis bug that tangled with my asthma since I have been back. It's been about a week since the bug began. Initially, I started looking for an inhaler when I could feel the asthma-like symptoms starting. Needless to say, I looked for Albuterol since that's what Americans use. (Here, you don't need a prescription; you can just ask for a certain drug, and you get it.) The pharmacist I go to near the house didn't carry inhalers but would order one if I could give him the dosage. Another pharmacist nearby had only Cipla inhalers ($2), from Mumbai. So, I went to my doctor for help.
To make a long and discouraging story short, I haven't slept much for a week. The nights are painfully long since I have a hard time lying down without coughing. The doctor didn't talk about them, but I believe dust mites are the main issue, and that is such a life-altering problem. I think my asthmatic/allergic reactions began with the bedding we slept in in the U.S.*, aggrivated by living in a dehydrating, upholstered, enclosed environment travelling, then returning to a house that had been closed up in pretty intense heat for 5 weeks. Throw in the laryngitis bug, and for me it was "The Perfect Storm." My sense that I had found a place where I could be healthier has been shattered. How must I change my travel back and forth to the U.S.? Extremely, extremely discouraging. At least the healthcare, so far, has been easily affordable.
I know my health situation is at its worst right now and will get somewhat better. But, we're looking at getting air-conditioning, western washer and dryer, a cleaning person. Big, expensive things.
* In both places we stayed, we were very comfortable and well cared for. I just have an allergic reaction triggered by the presence of dust mites, which are abundant in mattresses, stuffed furniture, carpet, etc.