The Dengue

Trip Start Feb 2007
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Trip End Apr 2009


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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

So this last week or so wasn┤t the best week in the DR.  I started feeling pretty crappy last week, with a fever and my body hurt, but I was hoping it was just the flu.  After a couple of days, I decided to call my doctor at the Peace Corps office, who told me to come in to get tested for Dengue.  I was obviously a little too cocky that I was going to avoid the dreaded Dengue for these next two years, and I should have known better, because yeah, I got it.  The Dengue.  It┤s pretty awful, and I only had a mild case of it, and it still sucked.  They call it Ębreak bone feverĘbecause your whole body just hurts, even you eyes, and I described it more like how I felt after I ran my marathon...my whole body was just really really sore.  I was exhausted and could hardly walk to my bathroom, that┤s how much energy my body was depleting.  It was a pretty awful week, and I had to stay in the capital for about a week and was a little sad, but I feel A LOT better now, even though I┤m suppose to be taking it easy because Dengue affects your liver, and I┤m not suppose to be doing a whole lot. But you get Dengue from a certain kind of mosquito here, for those who aren┤t up on their tropical diseases!  :)  Also, you can get dengue repeatedly, so I┤m not immune to it, which would be nice if I just didn┤t have to worry about it anymore, but no, IĘm still applying the repellent like it┤s my perfume.  I┤m quite lovely down here. 

On a sad note, a girl from my Special Ed group, Leah, is Early Terminating, and will be leaving back for the States sometime within the next week.  She lives really close to me, so I┤m really sad to be losing her, but I┤m glad that she┤ll be going home and will be happy. 
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