Dear friends, readers and fellow bloggers, if you are wondering why I have been silent, not replying to your comments and not dropping by your blogs, it is because I was hospitalized due to dengue fever.
My life was transformed into a living hell by a few pesky Aedes mosquitoes. It started off with high fever one evening which left me feeling drained. After dinner I did not even have the strength to take a shower and I went straight to bed. The next morning, I was a lot worse. I woke up with high fever, a throbbing headache and I could hardly summon the strength to get up. After dragging myself up to the bathroom, I flopped down in bed again and laid there till late morning.
When my condition did not improve, I suspected that I had dengue and went for a blood test the next day. Within a few hours, it was confirmed. To cut the long story short, I had to be admitted. I was very apprehensive, not knowing what to expect as I have never been hospitalized before. But I knew there was going to be a whole lot of poking to draw blood. Yikes!!
What you see up there is the drip stand which was to become my Siamese Twin for the next few nights. I used to watch medical dramas on TV and always find it amusing to see patients dragging their drip stand with them. It's no laughing matter I tell ya. Plugging and unplugging and dragging my twin with me to the bathroom was quite a chore. Besides, I had to retain my pee in a cardboard bedpan so that the nurses could monitor my fluid output. It was a very tricky maneuver and very troublesome as this Madam pees a lot!
Ah, hospital food! I have heard a lot of jokes and jibes about hospital food and there you have it, my breakfast. Fried rice. It was not bad actually except that the portion size was a bit too small for me. I need 3 portions of that to be full. So I had to supplement with bananas.
|My snack of choice at the hospital.|
I had to send an SOS to my partner to buy me "chap fan". This was what he got me (snapped halfway through my meal) - rice, braised pigs ears, chicken curry, taukwa, brinjal and ladies fingers. I told you I am a big eater.
|This is what I call food!|
The best part of my hospital meals? The dessert. Though not exceptional, it was lots better that the main course. Look at this. Creme caramel.
The highlight of the morning is ticking off the menu during breakfast to select my meals for the next day.
Don't get excited about the chicken dishes because they are made from skinless, boneless (and tasteless) chicken thighs. The meat is tough and has a certain smell. I couldn't finish this piece of ginger chicken.
It brought me back to my days in the science lab. That piece of chicken reminded me of meat that has been preserved in formaldehyde. Ughs!!
A few days into my stay, I developed what is known as the dengue recovery rash. I was as red as a cooked lobster. And it was very itchy. But I took care not to scratch and I was given some medication for that.
|My hand became swollen and it did feel very tight and bloated. The swelling has since subsided.|
I was taken off the drip and the needle was removed two days before I was discharged. I can't tell you how happy I was to be free from my Siamese Twin!
As of today, I am back home and on the road to recovery. I am still very weak and have been sleeping a lot. I will slowly make my rounds to your blogs to catch up on what I have missed so far. Meantime, I am hoping to bounce back and start wielding my whisk and spatula again real soon! See ya!