1. How do I know if I have dengue?
Check out the symptoms. They may vary per person though. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to have rashes to be diagnosed with dengue. On your 3rd day of fever, be sure to get a Complete Blood Count test (CBC).
2. What is the cure for dengue?
There isn’t any at the moment. However, you can fight it by drinking a LOT of fluids (have someone wake you up every few hours so you can drink) and getting a lot of rest. Take Paracetamol every time you get a 37.8 C (100.04 F) fever. Try taking Taua-Taua and Legasea A.I.M capsules if you can (see my previous blog entry). Also, eat a LOT of fruits. During my illness, I drank a lot of Lemon Juice (pure lemon juice with Organic Apple Cider, Cayenne Pepper, and honey) and I ate a lot of juicy pears. I also made sure to drink at least two cap-fulls of Virgin Coconut Oil everyday.
3. Do I have to be admitted at a hospital?
Nope! Doctors don’t recommend hospital confinement during the early stages. However, you’ll need to have CBC tests and checkups done everyday after your third day of dengue. Your doctor will let you know when you have to get confined.
4. What food do I have to avoid when I have dengue?
Avoid red/dark-colored food. This includes red meat, spaghetti, red sauces, etc. One is prone to bleeding when one has dengue so doctors advice to have your stool checked on everyday. Consuming red/dark-colored food during this crucial period can result to false alarms so doctors recommend staying away from those. Other than that, you can pretty much eat anything you want! Just take note that your stomach may be very sensitive during the illness so you may not have much of an appetite in the start.
5. Do needles hurt?
It depends on how skilled the nurse is. Usually blood extractions aren’t bad. Yes, they are NOT as bad as you think- this is coming from someone who hates needles. The needles only hurt when they’re done to you twice-a-day, and everyday for the next couple of days. You’ll bruise from all that and the arm area gets sensitive.
6. Why were you mum about your dengue situation when it was ongoing?
It’s not that I didn’t want people to know, it was just that I couldn’t go online or use my mobile phone. My headache was pretty bad so using devices like those drained my energy. Like, when I had a chance to use my laptop for 15 mins, I had to take a 2-hour nap after to restore myself. In the hospital, I only went online once and it was for a short period of time too.
So if I did get to announce my situation, it would be difficult to reply and give everyone an update on what was going on, as much as I wanted to. My parents did spread the word out to relatives and family friends though. So I got a lot of prayers from that.
7. What is your situation now?
Well it’s been a little more than a week since I got discharged from the hospital so I’ve been feeling a lot better. During my first few days out, I took a lot of naps, but now I’ve adjusted and pretty much sleep late already (shhh). I also feel I lost some weight, so I’ve been eating all the food I’ve been craving when I was sick, to get it back. My back and leg muscles DO still hurt at times and it makes it quite difficult to sleep at night (that’s why they call it “break-bone fever”- and I heard that this back pain can last for weeks *cries*). Because of so, I try to avoid major physical activities at the moment. When we go out, I always make it a point to sit down a lot too. My brother, who got dengue after I did, never got confined at a hospital, but he’s well now and we’re both still taking a lot of vitamins to continually build up our immune system. So I guess we’re good, overall.
My Learnings from Dengue
It is important to fight dengue. Aside from all the prayers, drink a LOT of water (take hydrite if you can too) and consume a LOT of fruits and vegetables. Refer to number 2 to read more of what I took. It is also important to stay alert and to be aware of red flag signs. Bleeding is a huge thing to watch out for, as it is dangerous. Platelets are in charge of healing up wounds, so getting any form of bleeding while being sick with dengue (a virus infection that kills your platelets) is a scary thing. It can even result to blood transfusions.
Lastly the biggest thing I learned is how to be brave. I’m a scaredy-cat when it comes to needles and hospitals so this dengue was a big challenge for me. I needed to be brave when I faced the blood extractions done on me twice everyday for almost a week. And I’m super happy to say that I made it!