Monday, June 10, 2013

Dengue Scare

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Posted on Monday, June 10, 2013

Dengue mosquito
It was Tuesday night last two weeks ago that my nightmare had started. It was a normal working day for me but when I was about to sleep, I felt that my body was warm and I was shivering. I just ignored my condition, didn't took any meds or even bothered to measure my temperature.

Wednesday morning, I went to work with a throat discomfort. My seat mate in the office gave his lozenges and I took Paracetamol to counter any symptoms. I was feeling okay by lunch time and my throat felt numb. Since that weekend I'm moving to a new home, my roommate and I went to Ikea to buy some beddings. I was ecstatic to eat at Ikea but while eating I was shivering again. After dinner, we went to the store proper and checked the beddings. I rushed to the towels section and grabbed one big towel and covered my upper body with it. Somehow, it was still cold for me that we had decided to leave and try the other mall opposite Ikea. The bedding was quite expensive even it was on sale so we decided to go home instead.

When I reached home, I was shivering and was shocked to see my temperature at 39.7. My temperature never reached that high before. Thankfully before I slept it went down to 38.2. I was so anxious on getting sick since the next day my friends and I will go to Jollibee for lunch.

Thursday morning, I woke up feeling better. I went to work that day with a normal temperature. It was our company day and we're only working half day. Before we left, I checked my temperature and it went up to 37.2. I still decided to go to Jollibee with my friends since the queue wouldn't be that long. At the MRT, I was shivering even I wore a jacket. I think my friends got concerned when they saw me shivering.

At Jollibee, it took us less than 10 minutes of queuing. I didn't have an appetite so I only ordered the Spaghetti meal. Too bad they don't offer hot drinks. My friends ordered the heaviest meal while it took me only five spoonfuls of spaghetti and I can't finish it anymore. I bid goodbye to my friends and rushed to the clinic to get myself checked. At the clinic, the doctor told me that my right tonsils are sore. The doctor gave me antibiotics and pain reliever. He told me that my condition will only improve on Sunday and if I still have fever on Sunday, I have to see him again.

On Thursday by the way, we got a call from our landlord asking us to vacate on Friday since the tenants from the second floor will be coming down to move. Thankfully, the movers that we have hired was available on Friday. Even I was burning with fever on Friday, we shifted to our new place in Telok Blangah.

Friday, fever was still there and I had difficulty breathing with my blocked nose. Saturday, my fever was only present in the morning and I noticed that rashes appeared on my wrists and feet. I consulted my sisters and a nurse friend and all of them suggested that I get myself a blood test to make sure. My rashes by the way according to them doesn't look dengue.

rashes on wrist

rashes on wrist

rashes on feet

After visiting 2 clinics, which doesn't accept my medical card anymore, I had no choice but to go to my doctor at Serangoon. After my consultation, the doctor told me to go back the next day to have my blood test. He was concerned of my rashes but didn't right away striked it out as dengue since I don't have the other signs of dengue. He asked me to stop taking the pain reliever and gave me a gastric medicine, which according to him is to protect my stomach if I have dengue.

Monday, I went to a nearby clinic for my blood test. I don't have fever that morning and my rashes miraculously disappeared. As I was telling the doctor my story, he was kinda surprised that I still want to get tested. The whole day I didn't have fever and the only problem I had was my throat. The next day I went to work and after lunch I called the clinic to ask for the result. I was so happy to learn it was negative. Thank God! Even I had to spend $86 for the test, it was all worth it to make me feel at peace.

Today, one week ago. I'm back to normal. Throat has fully healed, my appetite is back and there's no more fever. I even bought multivitamins last week for added protection. This week I will resume going to the gym as well.

Let's all be vigilant especially if you are located in a dengue infested cluster. If you happen to notice some dengue signs, immediately see a doctor and get yourself a blood test.

7 Responses to “Dengue Scare”

claire rafols said...
June 10, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Rainy seasons is here right now and this is a great tips from you. Good thing that you are well now.

Jheylo Wudy said...
June 11, 2013 at 7:12 AM

That's scary! Glad to hear you are ok now and back to your old self again.

April M. said...
June 11, 2013 at 8:27 AM

I hate dengue.. my siblings has been victimized by this pesky little creatures.

jenn_US said...
June 11, 2013 at 10:41 AM

dengue is scary and life threatening. it's good that you're feeling better now.

Jessica Cassidy said...
June 11, 2013 at 8:34 PM

I am glad that you feel better now :-) Dengue is very scary and fathal too :-( Please keep your environment clean all the time :-)

peachkins said...
June 12, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Thank goodness you're well and it wasn't Dengue!

KayeF said...
June 15, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Thank God it's not dengue. My husband suffered from it last November and he lost much weight from it.

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