Thursday, June 30, 2005

Mosquitoes suck

"I’m losing more weight than what I thought was personally possible. I didn’t expect this whole college + work combo to be so physically taxing. This is the second time in recent years that my pants have gotten too big for me. That means I am now, sorta kinda, half the size I was circa 2002. This is inclusive of the act of giving Holland some competition: a drop in bra size from 34B to 32A.

I thought I was making kilo-gaining progress last month when I proudly bought my first pair of non-baggy jeans. It hugged me very well in all the right places, in Large size! When I got home, I took a closer look at the label and read ‘Junior’.

Now with these dance classes literally kicking in, I may have to regretfully re-think my vegetarian training, at least for the meantime. My body is wasting away, and it trembles in protein deprivation. My whole body hurts even as I sit here typing this out. I think I’m burning out..."

This was an unpublished entry I wrote 10 days ago, on the day I started to feel sick. REALLY sick. I couldn't lift my spoon at lunch, a walking pace any faster than a shuffle would make me double over in pain. I forced myself to go to college after work, but Jayaram literally dragged me out of class and took me home before I collapsed.

For the next few days, I was writhing around in bed in cold sweat. My head felt like Hindenburg, my body felt like roadkill. Panadol didn't do nuts. I thought it was an extra nasty flu. My brother and little sis also caught it a day later. My brother got it so bad that he needed painkiller shots.

My parents took him to the hospital for a blood test on Sunday morning. My mom gave me a call when the results came back an hour later.

"Pack your things, I'm picking you and Stephanie up NOW."

The three of us tested positive for dengue fever.

I just got discharged yesterday. I'll talk more when I get back to work next week. In the meantime I've got a blood platelet count to re-cultivate, late assignments to submit, and the rest of my messed-up life to catch up with.

20 Comments:

Anonymous [ k ] said...

whoa that's scary man! my cousin also just recovered from dengue fever recently.

hope you get well soon!

12:28 PM  
Blogger Albert said...

Get well soon!

Uh can you hand in your assignments later with an MC?

12:44 PM  
Blogger Amakanchi said...

Oh those stupid mosquitos..:(.They also stung Melissa 2 days ago..but at least here I don't have to worry about Dengue Fever or Malaria. A few weeks back my brother who has stayed in India for some time to become a Sadhu :P also catched some virus..but we still don't know which one. It is really scary..today you are healty and fit and tomorrow u catch some stupid virus, bacteria or a brain tumor. Last weekend the doctors found one in my oncles head and said if they don't operate he is going to die in about 2 months. Oh well..enough about me ..I hope you will recover soon..but for that you also need to rest from time to time ;). Take care...and get well fast :).

3:59 PM  
Blogger seth.frostheart said...

whoa... that sucks. well, i hope you get well soon!!!~ :D

5:07 PM  
Blogger Soo Jin said...

ooo.. sounds nasty..
my cousins had dengue fever a few years ago.. they barely survived.. that sounds kinda alarmist though.
I know this girl who had it recently and.. well.. she was in a really bad way due to misdiagnosis and etc.. subang medical and sunway medical.. baaad..
but..
you seem to be on the way to recovery.. get well soon

8:41 PM  
Blogger ButterRoll_sama said...

my tale of dengue fever: it lasted for five days but i wasn't admitted to the hospital. i just rested at home and drank butt-loads of fluid. 5 days later, my blood platelets began to rise and i was well on my road to recovery. might i have mutant healing powers? XD

10:23 PM  
Blogger ash said...

despite radio ads hyping about the dengue crisis still our neighbourhood got knocked down. Remember my aunt had dengue fever becoz she use the public phonebooth, mosquitos growth around those area too dreadfully affect her for several weeks to heal. hey rest well, eat well and get well fast!

10:25 PM  
Blogger rei said...

Shoot, that's scary. I'm glad you at least got diagnosed in time - dengue fever can be deadly.

I'm sorry you had such a miserable couple of weeks ... and that you're so behind with work! That's what sucks most about being sick - not only are you down and out, you're falling behind on the stuff you need to turn in. Get an MC, at least, for the schoolwork so you have time to complete it.

Don't overwork, and get well soon! :)

11:21 PM  
Blogger earl-ku said...

pity you ... Get Well Soon!

3:32 AM  
Blogger aslage said...

I am so confused!? so you all got bit by mosquitos with the virus or is it contagious betweent humans? Either way, you poor thing! I wish you a speedy recovery in your health, at work and in your studies. Being sick totally screws everything up.

3:48 AM  
Anonymous Az Samad said...

get well soon!

take care and catch you when you are in 100% hyperness!

6:59 AM  
Blogger David said...

Hey girl,

Sheshh that's a nasty one. Anyways get better soon and start using more mosquito preventive measures. A kelambu seems a good idea:)

Cheer up.

David C.

9:01 AM  
Blogger David said...

Hey girl,

Sheshh that's a nasty one. Anyways get better soon and start using more mosquito preventive measures. A kelambu seems a good idea:)

Cheer up.

David C.

9:01 AM  
Anonymous SongBear said...

I have been behind in school, that is no fun.

If several family members all came down with the same strain of the virus, they did not get it from you. Likely, you all had a common source of the mosquito, perhaps some persistant pooled water nearby.

A stack of old tires in the neighborhood or something like that can contain pooled water where the mosquitoes breed. they could be breeding in your neighbor's back yard.

Your father might want to do a security check of the locale, see if there is anything that needs to be dumped out, like a watering can in the yard.

Obviously, I do not know your circumstances, but if you have a water collection system, like on the roof, you also may want to think about what might be in that.

Hope you get better.

Song

2:43 PM  
Blogger disco-very said...

[k],
yeah it hasn't been raining, those buggers are everywhere.

albert,
lecturer is aware of my situation, and so does the rest of the college apparently, courtesy of 'everyone's favorite Indian', so i think i've got the studies part covered.

amakanchi,
that's devastating news, hope your brother and uncle get well soon :(

frostheart,
i had never been attacked by needles on such a regular basis, it literally did suck. thanks for the wishes.

soo jin,
yeah dengue can be easily misdiagnosed, depending on the stage of the illness. good to know your cousins pulled through. i was hospitalized at Damansara Specialist, it was ok there.

butterroll_sama,
some people don't need to go, i suppose you were one of the lucky ones. my sis almost didn't go to the hospital at all as her body was coping extremely well.

ashie,
i agree that the anti-dengue campaign isn't really spurring people to do much about it, but my friend living down my road is now thinking of starting a petition after hearing what happened to my family. thanks 4 your thoughts.

rei,
i'm on medical leave for the rest of the week, and it has come at no better time. i have a final assignment to pass up tomorrow morning. but yeah, i HATE knowing that i've got loads to catch up on at work! thanks for empathizing, i couldn't have said it better.

thanks earl-ku! gimme a few more days and i'll be cool.

aslage,
the fever is transmitted by a virus carried by a particular breed of mozzies. i only thought it was a normal flu because my siblings and i contracted it almost simultaneously. thanks for your concern.

az,
i'm about 87% there! ;D

david,
thanks for the advice, the bandaraya dudes should be fumigating the area soon.

songbear,
thanks for the suggestions, keeping a lookout for potential breeding grounds in my garden and around my house. apparently my suburb in general is a hotspot for dengue cases because of the storm drains around. the authorities don't do much about it...

3:15 PM  
Blogger Soo Jin said...

will keep that in mind..
damansara..
do u get paid for the endorsement? =)

6:12 PM  
Blogger earl-ku said...

aslage: no dengue is non-transmitable via humans.

9:57 PM  
Blogger cyber-red said...

oh nooo take care of yourself and get well soon!

11:39 PM  
Blogger Muddy said...

Hey, so sorry for what happened? aiyo, dengue is sooooo bad. Hope you are feeling better and cured.

9:15 AM  
Anonymous ah pink said...

Rest and get well soon! =)

5:18 PM  

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