The time J accidentally drank diesel

This is another part in the series of dumb car problems and stories we have from when we bought a van in South America and overlanded the continent for 8 months haha. Don't try this at home, kids. 


Scene: We need to transfer diesel from our jerrycans into our car's fuel tank.

Previously, someone had given us a hose and shown us the quick and easy "hose siphoning method". It involves putting one end of the hose in the jerrycan, and sucking on the other end (I repeat, WITH YO MOUTH). This creates a suction which draws the fuel from the jerrycan through the hose. Then after the suction has been created, you quickly put your end of the hose into the fuel tank before it hits your mouth. 

Easy peasy.

overlanding south america: accidentally drank diesel

So J and me are standing there looking at the hose. Then we look at each other. Neither of us wants to do it. We dibs not. I win. J must do the siphoning.

He sucks on the hose. Nothing happens. He sucks a little harder. Diesel suddenly gushes up the hose. J doesn't remove his end of the hose in the time. Diesel rushes into his mouth. His face turns disgusted and he spits it out. He looks ill and rushes to the toilet. 

When I look back on this moment, I tell J now that I wish I'd taken a photo. But of course, I was too busy caring for J and researching what to do. According to J though, I didn't take a photo at the time because I was too busy laughing at him haha.

overlanding south america: accidentally drank diesel

J is not a happy camper. He keeps burping up these rank burps that stink of diesel. It's pretty gross. It's like when you've eaten some McDonalds and later on you burp and your burp smells like McDonalds.

Except this time your burp smells like diesel. 

overlanding south america: accidentally drank diesel

Unfortunately, the drive to the Uyuni Salt Flats is one of the most beautiful drives we've done.

overlanding south america: potosi to uyuni
overlanding south america: accidentally drank diesel

I am excited a million times by the unreal scenery. J cannot fully appreciate it.

overlanding south america: potosi to uyuni

Lucky I take lots of photos so that J can remember and appreciate in the future when we look back on this funny diesel swallowing story.

overlanding south america: potosi to uyuni
overlanding south america: potosi to uyuni

At the time though, it is not yet a funny story.

overlanding south america: potosi to uyuni

But rest assured, we have now reached the point where it's ticked over from horrifying emergency to funny story haha.


LEARNINGS

Well, firstly, don't siphon fuel using your mouth and a hose. 

Next, if you ever happen to get diesel in your mouth / swallow diesel, DO NOT induce vomit. If you do, you risk burning the lining of your oesophagus. Consult a doctor as soon as you can.

After 3 or so days, J was fine although he burped a lot of diesel burps during those days. He didn't feel the best during it either. We did go to see a doctor, who prescribed a few items to counteract the toxicity of the diesel but mostly I think it just made J feel better to do something than nothing. 

And the last learning of all, do not swallow diesel around me because I will most likely laugh at you before helping you. Now you all know the real me haha.