Moving Back to Jamaica

A blog about my Move Back to Jamaica after 20+ years of living in the US. Most of the articles focus on the period from 2005-2009 when the transition was new, and at it's most challenging.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Dengue Fever

Here it is on Saturday ngiht, and my wife is suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Dean -- dengue fever.

She has all the symptoms, even the delerium, as she threatens every moquito that flies by.  She is feverish, has no appetite, has a rash, her eyes hurt, headaches -- straight from the WebMD website.

And there is nothing that can be done about it except wait it out, and drink lots of fluids.

Poor thing...!


At 10/03/2007 8:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey be careful, not to scare you but my neighbour had it and had to be hospitalised for 3 days something about his white blood cell count....

At 10/03/2007 9:32 AM, Blogger fwade said...

Hmmm. It also seems to be setting its sights on expats to Jamaica with a force...

At 10/03/2007 12:21 PM, Blogger Morpheus Rablings said...

Hi Francis
I am so very sorry to hear that your significant other has dengue fever.
The reason that expats are contracting the virus is because they have not developed any immunity to the virus.
I know you are cognizant with the virus (how it is contacted and/spread), however, I respectfully refer you to this page.

I hope she recovers very soon and I will keep you and her in my prayers.


At 11/28/2007 8:06 PM, Blogger jager said...

I was in the Kingston area in late September and believe I contracted dengue fever.
I steyed more in the Port Morant area helping with hurricance effected areas.

Hope your wife is better.
I recovered after 7 days but have been incredibly tired since then.

At 12/10/2008 5:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I contracted Dengue in Costa Rica 2 1/2 years ago. I had a quite a serious case of it and was in intensive care for a few days and hospital for over a week. It takes a very long time to recover completely. There are still some days, although becoming less frequent, that I have no choice but to sleep...overwhelming exhaustion, joint pain usually preceded by the smell of smoke...can be very weird symptoms. Tell her to be kind to herself, rest a lot, eat properly, and understand if she can't keep up mentally or physically for quite some time.

At 10/18/2009 6:59 PM, Anonymous Searenity said...

I can't believe the last post! I, too, contracted Dengue in Costa Rica 3 years ago. I was also in ICU/hospital for over a week and off work for 5 months as I slowly got my concentration and energy back.

I was so pleased to read your post because I wondered if a lot of my symptoms were, indeed, related to Dengue...especially the exhaustion, smelling smoke and joint pain 3 years later. Thank you for the confirmation! Hope you're getting better. I find the severity and frequency diminishing.

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