Night of the Living Dead (Jane)
Trip Start Jun 22, 2008
219Trip End Jul 04, 2013
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I was determined to get myself back to Manila on Wed morning. I knew the illness was just going to get worse and I figured if I didn't drag myself home soon I might not be able to get myself home for a while. I didn't even shower or eat before checking out of the hotel. I just threw everything in my bags and got to the airport. Thankfully, everything went smoothly and I was on the plane and heading home on time. I slept the whole trip except when they served lunch. One thing I notice when I'm sick is I don't lose my appetite. Somehow I always manage to eat.
At the airport in Manila Fher was waiting to pick me up and take me home. I went directly to bed and slept for 3 days. I felt too weak to even drag myself to the doctor. And I learned an important lesson. Because I didn't have a lot of any one medicine on hand, I ended up experimenting with a combination of US pharmaceuticals and Chinese traditional medicines in order to stop coughing, put myself to sleep, break the fever, etc... What I managed to do was create some sort of toxic soup in my stomach and start WW3 between the US and Chinese. I don't know which side was winning but Jane was definitely losing.
At some poing the fever broke and I thought I was going to get better. Then on Saturday morning I woke up at 3 am with a horrible sinus headache. So bad I wanted to die. No normal pain reliever would make it go away. As soon as the Healthways clinic opened in the morning we were there. I needed drugs quick. But you don't just declare your symptoms and get a prescription. They wanted blood work done first which took an hour to process. It was agony. For days afterward my head and throat were congested. The anitbiotics were working but slowly. I felt spacey and I couldn't think straight (some say I never could). Preparations for Christmas got thrown aside. That would all just have to wait. I even missed the office Christmas party at the Embassy which the folks in Singapore told me is the hottest club in Manila. It was a costume party with a movie character theme. Ana, Divinia and I were supposed to go as Josie and the Pussycats but they ended up short one pussy cat which kind of ruined the theme and disqualified them from winning a prize. It was very disappointing since I was looking forward to it for months.
If I had thought about it some more I guess I could have gone as the theme "Night of the Living Dead". No costume would have been required and I might have even won a prize for most convincing character protrayal.