The good news is that I’m on the mend! Completely. Wahoo!
On Saturday morning I woke up with a fever of 103.6 (blah) and it went down slightly during the day, but then back up late afternoon and stayed there. Around 6:30 Chris walked over to ask our neighbor who works at a little hospital/clinic not far from here if there was any way to see the doctor that night. We were starting to get worried that I had malaria or something like meningitis. We were able to see the doctor and after doing a full exam she said that she thought I just had a really bad cold, or what I’m understanding is probably an infection from the cold that I did have, thus the spike in temperature. I’ve had bronchitis and bronchial pneumonia before, as well as chest infections so it’s something I have to watch. She gave me a bunch of medicine and vitamin supplements. I woke up yesterday morning still at 103, but by noon I was down to 98.7! I’m still coughing a lot and my throat and chest feel raw, but I don’t have the fever any more and I’m up and around again. I even made breakfast this morning.
The good news about being down with the fever was that I kept up with my Ibuprofen and with all the bed rest my back is feeling 100% better. I’m going to keep taking the Ibuprofen for a few more days like I’ve been told to do so my muscles can stay relaxed and let everything fall back into place.
I hate being sick in Haiti because there’s a certain level of helplessness that settles in just because you don’t know who to talk to or whether what you need is even available. It’s often after the fact that you start finding out what resources are really here. There’s no yellow pages with doctors and clinics listed or 911 to call in case of an emergency.
Thanks to all of you that have been praying for me/us. It means a lot to us to know that we’re covered in prayer and to have the support that you give us. Please continue to pray that we’ll both be completely healthy soon. Chris still has a bit of a cough, but is other wise up and around like normal. We also appreciate your prayers about the baby. We’re both just waiting, but trying to focus on other things in the mean time.
Have a great day!