Infectious Diseases

Both Tawn and I have managed to catch ill, both with different bacterial infections.  There was some concern on my part initially that I had malaria because of fever and aches following several mosquito bites earlier in the week.  Upon learning about my preliminary diagnosis, the doctor at Bangkok Hospital asked if I had been travelling outside of Central Thailand.  When I replied that I had not, he assured me that I did not have malaria and blood tests confirmed that diagnosis.

There is a slight possibility that it is dengue fever, although that seems unlikely, too.  For the time being, and unspecified bug is the culprit and is being treated with a course of antibiotics.  The fever and aches continue although are somewhat lessened with paracetamol (known as acetaminophen) inside North America.

The trip to Bangkok Hospital, my first experience with the Thai medical establishment, was an interesting one.  I’ll write a bit more about it in the next day or two as my strength returns.


7 thoughts on “Infectious Diseases

  1. Quite glad to hear you don’t have malaria… though I’ve read dengue fever isn’t very pleasant either. I hope you don’t that! I hope you both feel better soon.

  2. Glad to hear that it might not be dengue fever! Kim called me to let me know you were sick and we looked it up on Wikipedia – doesn’t sound fun! – Best to you and Tawn – Pete

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