It was in 1992/3. I could still recall how bad I felt when I was diagnosed with Dengue fever. I didn’t even realize it until I traveled to Miri staying with a college friend. I was already having on and off fever a week ago in west Malaysia. But didn’t really border thinking it was just a normal fever. But my conditions worsen after returning from Brunei. I had headache, bone, joint, muscle ached, nausea and vomiting. I felt cold and hot within minutes.
Finally I was admitted to the Miri hospital. I was placed in the first bed right after the entrance. My face looked blurring and suffered according to my ex’s sister’s friend.
The nurses took my blood for testing every morning and evening during my 4-day stayed before I was transferred back to KL. I had a tube poked into my hand. I drank lots of fluids and frequented the toilet. Doctors examined my body; I think I looked like a hurt and worried sick monkey.
My friend’s mother was upset over the fogging and that their house got Aedes mosquitoes.
Sorry la auntie!
After four days, I was transferred back to KL and stayed another ten days while the doctor observed me. I was so worn out and still felt sick and uneasy. I told the doc, “Doc, I can’t take the orangy colored antibiotic, please don’t prescribe it to me because when I take it, I will puke yellow water from my tummy.”
Doc left, nurse came with fever medicine and antibiotic, the orangy one. “OMG! What is this? Didn’t the doctor hear what I say?” *grumbled* I had to take it when the nurse was there. Bloody uneasy my tummy felt. I decided to do something evil. The next time the nurse deliver the medicine, I would take the rest but keep the orangy one. *Hehehe*
Guess what? After 6 days, I had a mountain full of orangy antibiotics in my pencil case. Whee!!! Allyfeel, Bravo!!! I was cured without the Medicine le. I guess I have to thank my mum for taking care of me and brought lots of nice food and “Kuat Sa” for me to reduce my fever. “MOM, you are the best!”
I must count my lucky stars; I was discharged after six days. All in all, hospital was my home for 10 days. When I was out of the hospital, I lost 6kg. All my college friends were shock to see me. My face was sunken and I looked like a walking skeleton.
Folks, better be safe than sorry. Start having some precautions especially with kids at home.
Kuat Sa is a traditional way of bringing down fever. It's done by using a comb like device to comb body parts until it becomes reddish to release heat from body.