No neat images or fun stories today, just some bad news for the protocol. After taking a five hour bus from Roi Et to Udon Thani today I felt sick. The bus ride itself was horrific, with the aircondition cooling the bus down to fridge-like temperatures, and since I only wore short clothes, there was nothing to protect myself from the cold.
I also realized that I had a bad headache and pain in the limbs.
After arriving I felt tired and powerless, almost unable to lift my heavy bagpack. As soon as I arrived in the hotel room, I slept for two hours, hoping that my energy would be recharged after that.
Instead I was incredibly hot when I woke up and my clinical thermometer confirmed my suspicion of fever. 38.9°C. At home I would probably not even bother to see a doctor with that, but in the tropics, where every shitty disease starts with fever, I wanted to make sure. I went to the nearby hospital, where instead of waiting for four hours like the last time I went to a Thai hospital, I was in and out within 10 minutes.
After a blood pressure check and getting some blood drawn, I went back to my hotel in order to wait an hour for my results. It turns out that they cannot find fever (even though I checked 5 times) and that I also do not show any signs of a Dengue Infection.
That is good news, however, at this state Dengue cannot be determined 100 per cently, only 50. That means if I still have the symptoms in 3 or 4 days, I will have to go back to the hospital.
For now I got three different kinds of pills, against all the symptoms, and I hope for the best. The bill set me back around 1600 Baht (around 40€) and again I am glad to have a good travel insurance.
Lets see how this plays out in the next days.