I am happy to announce that John is now on his way to recovery from Dengue Fever. Thank God!
For those who are not familiar with this illness, details can be found here – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dengue_fever
Let me share with you though our experience.
Symptoms of Dengue Fever
2. Fever – in John’s case, it went up to 39.5′ c
3. Joint and Muscle Pain – he said that everything was so painful. He felt bad for every kid who had to go through it. If he was in so much pain, imagine how difficult it must be for little kids or babies.. 😦 No wonder some kids don’t make it. Very sad right?
4. No appetite
6. Abdominal Pain
7. Lumbar Pain
9. Rashes – measle like rashes that looks so tiny and red
What To Do If You have Dengue Fever:
Dengue has no known cure. So when you have signs of Dengue Fever, get a CBC test immediately to check your latest blood count. Normal thrombocyte is 150-450 . So if it’s less than that, then your platelet is low.
In our case, I admitted John at the hospital when his result was 121. He looked so pale already and very weak, that’s why. I was glad that I did so because in a few hours, his platelet dropped to 71. Very fast right?
When that happens, it is better if you are brought to the hospital because they can give you a drip and they can monitor your vital organs for internal bleeding.
But if you have no access to one, for instance you’re travelling in a jungle or something, make sure that you have plenty of fluids. The doctors told me to let John drink at least 2 liters of fluid. But he drank more – water, Gatorade , juice . Anything is ok, as long as it is not red and can affect your stool. Like I said, you have to check for internal bleeding. Red drinks or food may give you the impression that you’re bleeding. So to be safe, don’t take dark colored food or drinks.
In the Philippines, we have durian. So if the patient can take durian, fresh fruit /shake or juice, it is best. Because durian can easily make your blood platelet rise. John doesn’t like durian, so it didn’t help us. 😦
So I just made sure that he drank a lot of fluid.
And fed him with sweets for energy. Crackers and fruits helped too.
HOW TO AVOID DENGUE FEVER:
Honestly, I don’t know how. Wherever we go in the Philippines, there are mosquitoes. One of them could be a dengue carrier.
Our house is always closed because it’s fully air-conditioned. And after my nephew had one, we made sure that there are no stagnant water around. So I really don’t know how to prevent / avoid getting one.
I guess, all we can do is put a mosquito repellent. And pray that you do not get bitten when you leave the house.
When you travel to tropical places, just make sure that you have insect repellent on you. Get vaccines for other illnesses. Sad to say though, there’s none for Dengue Fever. So make sure you sleep with a mosquito net if you are in a non-aircon room.
Drink lots of fluid. Be careful and enjoy your trip.
Before I end this article, I would like to say, that God is real. Talk to him like you are talking to your father. He cannot say no to his beloved daughter or son, when you pray and ask for his help.
Lea C. Walker