Being sick in the tropics is no fun. I can attest to that first hand. I have had the worst possible ten days I could imagine. After several visits to the local clinic and seemingly thousands of tests, I have now received the official results that I do NOT have Dengue Fever. I am overjoyed at that news. Even though I have been exhibiting 9 out of the 10 signs of it. I never developed a rash, which was the only symptom not experienced.
I have been laid up in bed, unable to move, with fevers spiking over 100 F most days. And in this heat! Total malaise and no energy. Both night time and daytime sweats that soak through to the mattress. No appetite. I went for 3 days eating nothing but drank lots and lots of water. My bones hurt. And I mean hurt. (my hip thingee was not part of this) My joints ached. Nausea that wouldn't end but no vomiting. Intense migraine-like headaches. Sensitivity to the slightest sound. The multitude of motorscooters that pass by the house with no mufflers about drove me insane. Not to mention my neighbor who loves to play Reggaeton music at top volume. In general, a physical and emotional mess. Had I not had two excellent care givers at home with me, I probably would not be as well as I am at this point.
I'm mending. Probably at 80% capacity of my usual lazy self as I write this. I took the final pages and pages of blood and fecal work back to my doctor Tuesday morning. He gave me the pronouncement that I do not have Dengue and if it weren't for this whatever I have, I would be one of the healthiest people my age he has seen! That was good news anyway. Even my cholesterol is under control! He thinks I have (had?) a very bad viral infection and it will pass with rest and time. I sure hope so because I have a major vacation trip planned starting next week!
For anybody who gets sick here and needs to use the Clinica de Salud (Health Clinic), ask for the new doctor on staff, Dr. Marco del Rosario. He is fantastic, thorough and speaks English!
And for all of you who have been asking, my hip is pretty much back to normal. I think all the time spent in bed and not walking or doing anything more than occasionally groaning did it a world of good.
So, tomorrow I am going to tell you all about one of the tests. Brace yourselves!