A Second Chance

So it’s been a year since I got dengue.

I got confined- my first time ever, and it was a scary time. For those who don’t know, dengue is an illness that is acquired through a mosquito a bite. The illness comes in different levels ranging from mild to high dengue and it can be fatal. I’m not sure what type I had but it was pretty bad.

It was a time of firsts:

  • First time to get dengue (because sadly, dengue is popular in tropical places like where I’m from)
  • First time to get confined
  • First time to have an IV on me
  • First time to get 10+ injections in under a week (and I am terrified of needles)
  • First time to miss a contest I’ve been waiting a year to join

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Dengue Post 2

Here’s Dengue Post 2 where I answer some of your questions. Read my Dengue Story here.

 

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.

 

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My Week with Dengue

Dengue (or Breakbone Fever) is a very popular disease in tropical countries, with even a few cases reported in America. My country, the Philippines is one of those top tropical countries. Ever since I was a little kid, my family would had always stayed alert with warnings that frequently came during the Summer or Rainy season. I’ve had friends and schoolmates who’ve had the disease growing up, so I was quite familiar with it.

Also, it helped that I owned this book: “Lolit Mosquito Brings Terror” by Dr. Luis Gatmaitan. As a little kid, I would find myself reading it often because of its entertaining (and educational) story and eye-candy illustrations (Beth Parocha-Doctolero was one of my favorite childhood illustrators).

 

 

Never did I think this childhood fear of mine would come to be a reality. Never did I think Lolit Mosquito would take interest in me. But life is unpredictable sometimes so I had no choice but to roll with it…

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