I’ve been quite inactive on my blog for sometime now, and it’s mostly due to the fact that I got pretty sick. But before you freak out, I AM TOTALLY OKAY!!
So around mid-June, I felt not at my 100%. I was a bit weak, tired all the time, had a bit of loss of appetite, had diarrhoea, sometimes had fevers and a stuffy nose, and felt really cold at night. But these symptoms came and went and I really didn’t think much of them. It wasn’t until maybe 2 weeks after I started feeling these symptoms that I finally went to the hospital on June 29th. We chose a hospital called CF Hospital here in Mwanza. Apparently this was one of the best hospitals in the city.
Everything went by pretty fast! We had to pay to see the doctor and pay to test my blood and stool. I honestly did not think of anything and Samira and I thought that I might have had a bug in my stomach. When they took my blood I cried like a baby (haha 😥 I’m really scared of needles). The worst was that the normal area that nurses take blood from on the arm wasn’t working because my veins were apparently too thin, so they had to prick my hand. THAT ACTUALLY REALLY HURTS. My left hand is still a bit bruised from it…
Ok so after the test, we went back to the doctor’s office and he said the results from my stool were clear, but I had malaria and typhoid. I honestly was so shocked I started laughing. Keep in mind I’m really careful of protecting myself from mosquitos (malaria) and drinking tap water (typhoid). I slather on bug repellant, sleep in a net, and eat my malaria pills every day. I only drink bottled water, never eat fresh salads because it would have been washed with tap water, and I even brush my teeth with bottled water. My ability to protect myself like this is a privilege.
Still! I was super surprised that I ended up getting the 2 illnesses. After a talk with the doctor, I purchased 3 days of malaria medicine, and 10 days of typhoid medicine and went home to obediently stay in bed to rest and eat my medicine on time.
After I got the results, I told my family and friends and a lot of people were freaking out. I had to reassure them many times that these 2 illnesses were only scary because we don’t deal with them often back at home. However, these 2 illnesses are very common here and it should be no surprise that I got it. The hospitals are well equipped to treat the illnesses, and I didn’t even stay in the hospital because it’s not that big of a deal!
The weird part about the experience was that before I ate my pills, I was walking around, going to work, eating fine, and had sufficient energy – which was why I really didn’t believe that I was sick. Many people said that when you get malaria, you know that you got it because you can’t even get up from the bed, but I was totally okay!
That changed though after having the medicine. After 24 hours, I had a super high fever that lasted 6 hours. This was rough because my body was using the medicine to battle the bacterias, and it made me super weak. I really really really couldn’t get out of bed because I was so exhausted. As well, I had up and down temperatures. One second I was freezing to death and the other I was sweating like a pig. I had a grand total of 5 blankets on my bed trying to eliminate the chill… 5 blankets!! In Tanzanian weather!! Isn’t that crazy?
The worst part of it all was that I completely lost my appetite. Nothing was appealing to me and I had to force myself to eat because the medicine requires that I eat “fatty” foods like meat and heavy carbs. I was super nauseous because the medicine reacts negatively to an empty stomach and in turn prevented me from eating a lot… What a horrible cycle.
Luckily, after 3 days of dealing with the fever, and each day the fever was less and less in length, I gradually started feeling better. No more fevers meant I gained a bit more strength, and encouraged my appetite to come back. But it took around 3 more days of bed rest for me to have enough strength to walk outside my room… Sad eh? I was honestly becoming SO bored because all I did every day was sleep, eat, and watch movies. I also hated the fact that I was postponing the project because I was sick, but health comes first eh?
July 4th was the first day I went back to work. The after effects of malaria and typhoid are still with me :(. On July 4th, we had a total commute of 2 hours and a 2 hour meeting, but as soon as I got back I collapsed on my bed from exhaustion. I’m still currently very weak in that I get very tired really easily. If I walk for a long distance, I start losing my breath. But my appetite has returned in full and I’m just happy because I can eat again
So this basically concludes my tale of me being sick… A big S/O to my parents for sending funny messages and pictures while I was in bed and to all the friends who checked in on me. Your girl is healthy again!! 😀