A short list of the various illnesses I have suffered since coming to SVG. Oddly enough I have not gotten dengue....
- Numerous colds
- Weird bush rash
- Busted lip
- Loose tooth
- Root canal
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Fillings (my first)
- Infected tooth
- Infected finger
- Staph infection
- Eye sty
- Skin boils
- Weird fever
I feel like I have been sick more times in the last 3 years than I have been in all my life. Granted, most of it has been “flu” (colds), presumably from walking in the rain; I never have my umbrella. I also never thought that you could get sick from walking in the rain, but I think its true, based on first hand experience.
Also, most of my doctors’ visits, and subsequent reasons for taking antibiotics (which I loathe and try to avoid at all costs) have been related to my rugby injury when my tooth was knocked out L. The dentist and I were on a first name basis, as I was going to see her about once a week for a month, and then once a month for about a year afterwards.
I’ve also had some strange illnesses that have not been explained. My brother and I got a weird rash that covered our entire body. I think we got it from swimming in the waterfalls. But still not really sure. It was incredibly itchy and made me miserable.
For a couple months I had some pretty serious gastrointestinal issues. Went so far as taking 3 stool samples, which needed to be stored in my fridge until I could make the hour trip to town to get them to the lab. Oddly enough everything came back normal. That was fun.
Most recently, I had a pretty high fever for about 5 days, with hardly any other symptoms. Not sure what that was about, but it sure put a damper on my New Years and Birthday celebrations.
Ahh the joys of living in a tropical climate. Wounds fester. Infections spread. It’s a wonderful experience. Really.
Luckily, knock on wood, I have been relatively healthy lately. Here’s to keeping healthy.