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Dengue Fever

Dengue Fever Survival Kit

Dengue Fever Survival Kit

Mosquitoes in the U.S are those annoying little insects that always seem to crash a 4th of July picnic and leave itchy, red bites for weeks on end. In other parts of the world mosquitoes are seen as much more than an annoying pest.

I certainly heard about the dangers of malaria before heading on this trip and we loaded up on anti-malaria medication for Africa and India. We were told Southeast Asia was not a danger zone for malaria, so we’re home free right? Not exactly. What I was not prepared for was the serious viral infection known as Dengue Fever. DF is sneaky, only showing itself as a headache at first but in one day I could barely walk. It was as if my body was made of lead – hence the nickname “break bone fever”. I was dizzy, nauseous and had a high fever of 104. I was certain whatever I had would pass in the next day or so but it got progressively worse. By Saturday I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with DF with strict orders to stay on bed rest for 2 weeks with daily blood tests at the local clinic. I am praying for my platelet level to rise as the second blood test revealed it had lowered. If it continues to lower a hospital visit may be in order to receive fluids by IV.

My fever is now hovering around 101 and my chills and dizziness seem to come in waves. They say that the typical fever will last 4-7 days, I’m on day 5. Our biggest concern are the platelet levels which need to start increasing before any signs of good health are near.

My wonderful husband is taking great care of me which I could not be more appreciative of.  

Miss you all and hope to report good news soon.

Love Amy

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  1. mom
    March 16, 2010 at 6:26 am

    Dear Amy,
    My heart is breaking for you and wish there was something we could do for you.
    Please do as the doctors say and take no chances. I am sure you will be fine in a few days. Your body is telling you, you need this rest, listen to it. We are praying for you. Keep us posted.
    Love you,

  2. ashton
    March 16, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Oh no Auntie Ru-
    I am so sorry to hear you are so sick!! Maybe I can sing you “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”… I’m good at that one these days… or maybe I could cook you some cheesy eggs- I can do that too. Or I could just give you my sippy cup and rub your head. I love you and miss you and hope you start feeling better very soon! Love you-
    Ashton- (and mommy and daddy)

  3. Kimberly
    March 16, 2010 at 2:10 pm


    We’re thinking of you & praying for you here back home. Get well soon and keep us posted on your platlet counts!

    Love you!

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