Monday, June 13, 2011

The Scare of Leptospirosis

This weekend I felt sick.  I've got a headache, fever, muscle pains, diarrhea and some chills.  At first I just thought that it was just a plain symptoms of flu and that all I have to do is to rest and take some paracetamol but I remembered that last week I walked through a flooded street in Alabang, not that high but already enough to submerge my feet and so I decided to go to the clinic to have a doctor check on me.  I remember that a deadly (if left untreated) disease called leptospirosis can be get from walking through dirty flood waters. 

When the doctor learned that I have waded through a flooded street last week, she immediately sent me for a urine and blood test.  She told me that there is a separate test for leptospirosis but the result will still be available after 10 days so for the meantime, she just have to see the result of my urine and CBC tests (which were already available after one hour) and if the CBC test shows some abnormalities, she will send me to a hospital right away.  Wooo, that was really scary. 

Good thing, my CBC result appeared normal, but there are some infection found in my urine sample so the doctor gave me two types of antibiotic to treat the infections and she advised me to take a rest for two days and she warned me that if my condition doesn't improve after two days, I have to go directly to the hospital.

Today I already felt some improvement ... my muscle pain already gone, no more fever and chills.  My head still aches a little but it's already tolerable.  I still have to go back to the clinic to get the result of the other blood tests the doctor had requested and I hope there's nothing alarming about it.

Good day everyone and God bless us all.

2 comments:

  1. I hope you feel better soon! Thankful that you saw the Doctor as quickly as you did! Blessings!

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  2. I hope things are better now. It's nice to read that the scare remained a scare and did not affect you. I remember having the same scare. Thankful that it was just a urinary tract infection. Take care always.

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