Last month I got Dengue (den-gay), dangit. ☺ First I had a raging fever, and my body ached from top to bottom. I checked out dengue symtoms online and was pretty sure that's what I had. I sought advice from our zone leader who told me to get some "suero" and drink 2 packets in a glass of water every 4 hours, along with 2 tylenol. The suero is a small packet of powder that is full of electrolytes, potasium, and other good stuff. It comes in 2 flavors, strawberry and coconut. So in 3 days or so I was feeling much better. Then last week I had a low fever. I didn't feel bad, just the low fever. I also sweat constantly even though I wasn't hot. This week I finally went to the doctor. He is a member of our ward, recently returned from Texas doing Medical training. He is a surgeon, but does family doctor work in the morning. So we saw him on Tuesday. He had some lab work done on me and confirmed I had had dengue, and that I had dengue now - 2 times. He told me to go home and rest. and come and see him in 2 days. Also got some medicine to take, along with more suero. When I returned they took another blood sample. My placettes had increased from 109 to 115. The doctor then shared that I had hemoragic dengue, the worst of the 4 types. But because I was in good shape I didn't bleed or suffer the way some do. Last year the doc's placettes were down to 75 and he was hospitalized for 3 days. 2 days later I feel the best I have felt in a few weeks. So the bad news is I have had 2 kinds of dengue. The good news is that I have had the worst, and I am unlikely to get it again. It is interesting that Vicky gets mosquito bites 4-5 times a day, even with repellant. I get bit just a few times a week, but I got sick, not her (for which I am grateful).
|Alma and her son live around the corner from us. She has 2 twin sons about 16 years old. They are very nice boys.|
As I was getting in the car I looked down and saw a line of ants, and each one was carrying part of a leaf they had chewed up. It reminded me of the song we used to sing as we hiked in Boy Scouts: The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah , , ,