So, I got malaria. I kind of knew this day would come sooner or later. I've opted not to take the anti-malarial medication that many short-termers take when visiting a country like Haiti. When you get malaria, you just have to take those drugs anyways to treat it.
It started last Sunday morning when I woke up with a severe headache and muscle aches. At first, we thought it was just extreme dehydration, but when I got a fever that evening, Dr. Manno decided it was most likely malaria. He did a blood test for it on Tuesday, however it came back negative as it's only accurate if you take the blood while you have a fever. Anyways, I started taking doxicyclin to treat it and by Wednesday my fever was gone!
So for the past week i've been secluded to my home watching Matlock reruns and a show called Burn Notice (thank goodness the house is hooked up to the clinic generator so we have power during the day). To be honest, I've been going a little nutty. Today is the 2nd time in a week I"ve been out of the house. I tried to come out on Friday, but I got really tired after so decided to wait awhile before I went again.
The Dr has ordered me not to work this week, so sad. But I do need to check on a few things. I'll do my best to rest, I promise!