(VIDEO: Huyen cooking me lunch to make me feel better)
For the last couple of days I've been pretty under the weather. I've got a slight fever, extreme body sweats, congestion in my head, a runny nose and aches in my muscles and joints. If I was in the USA I would just assume I have a nasty little cold or a slight case of the flu. Further evidence of this would be the fact that Ryan has been sick for about a week.
That said, I'm not in the USA which makes me slightly paranoid that I may have something worse than the cold or flu. For example I'd say there's a fifty-fifty shot I've got Dengue Fever. It's prevalent in Southeast Asia and all it takes to get it is a bite from an infected mosquito. According to wikipedia here are the symptons:
This infectious disease is manifested by a sudden onset of fever, with severe headache, muscle and joint pains (myalgias and arthralgias—severe pain gives it the name break-bone fever or bonecrusher disease) and rashes. The dengue rash is characteristically bright red petechiae and usually appears first on the lower limbs and the chest; in some patients, it spreads to cover most of the body. There may also be gastritis with some combination of associated abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
Other symptoms include:
- bladder problems;
- constant headaches;
- severe dizziness; and,
- loss of appetite.
By the way, I turned the camera off too soon on this video. A second after I turned it off Huyen says, "I am Vietnamese. I am strong. I do not get sick like you."