Two weeks ago my partner drank straight from a river, a few days later he had major digestive distress. Is there correlation?
Two weeks ago we were on a roadtrip in Oregon and stopped at the Collier Memorial State Park
. It was cool seeing all the old logging equipment. When I went to go take some pictures of the Williamson River
that runs along the park, my partner knelt down and scooped two handfuls of water into his mouth.
I asked him what the hell he was thinking, drinking water straight from the river like that. He said it was just snow runoff and probably safe. I told him he was going to get giardia.
Two days later he started having some stomach problems - a lot of the usual symptoms of giardia
, though it only lasted about a week.
So is the risk from drinking straight from the river sufficient enough to blame that on his problems or was it something he ate? We pretty much ate the same food on the trip and I had no problems. I also didn't drink water straight from a river.
(Yes, we're still arguing about this.)