‘Twas the most wonderful time of the year: We flew all our Christmas presents from Germany, spent Christmas Eve together with my family, had lots of nice food, and visited our elders on Christmas Day. The warmth of the holidays started to lift our spirits after crashing into The Philippines… until Markus had chills late on the 25th, followed by a high fever.
I cannot describe how I felt when I read the thermometer. Markus never gets sick randomly, in fact, he has never gotten ill since we met. I thought this could only mean one thing and my head immediately fell down the rabbit hole.
After a horrible, sleepless night, we went to the hospital, fearing the worst. All of his diagnostics were done, plus an RT-PCR test. We waited until the evening for the results:
Negative for COVID-19. Positive for Dengue Fever.
It was nothing to celebrate, but at least he did not have to be isolated and we can take care of him.
From Christmas to his birthday, and all throughout the New Year, he was connected to an IV line, taking medications, and eating like a small bird. We rarely slept since he had to be monitored round-the-clock, especially on the second phase of Dengue when his platelet count is expected to drop, and it did.
Fortunately, he did not have any bleeding, but he still had to contend with the constant feeling of being cooked from the high fever, dehydration, and intermittent headache and nausea. It was not an easy time.
He recovered fully last week. He is healthy and back to his normal daily activities. Now we are hoping to slide into normalcy, welcoming any sense of routine, and just hoping for a piece of calm in the following days.
We hope your holidays were lovely, and that 2022 will be kind and reasonable for you and your family. Sorry for our late greetings, but we really wish the best for all of you!