Jungle Fever

Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
Trip End May 30, 2013

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Flag of Cambodia  , Ratanakiri Province,
Monday, November 26, 2012

Brian's been cycling through cold-aches and hot-sweats for the last 36 hours. Of course, the first thing that springs to mind is malaria. We have been taking anti-malarials, but there are lots that believe them to not be effective. Did some research and it didn't seem to fit with anything, but after the first 36 hours of it not breaking, I decided that we needed to check into it further.

Into town we went. Our driver took us to a pharmacy/chemist near the main market. In between the Khmer writing you can see the cross which always means something medical. I'm glad they had the sign, because otherwise it was difficult to tell what kind of shop it was due to the large quantity of cigarettes on display and the cases of beer for sale.

Into the back, a woman filled out a form and took a prick of Brian's blood and put in on a Dexter-type slide. 10 000R poorer ($2.50) we were instructed to come back in a few hours.

What a relief, it didn't show malaria! Shuffled down the street to buy some drugs (I guess all they did sell were cigarettes and beer - and blood tests). We could barely see the Dr. behind the counter, even though he was sitting on a tall stool. When he hopped off, he came up to Brian's nipples. The cutest old man with cotton white hair adjusted his glasses to see what the test showed. Struggling with English (they're trained in French here) we talked about symptoms while Brian literally dripped with sweat. Not believing Brian had a fever, he took his temperature - twice (31.5C). To finish the job, he took Brian's picture with his phone, still shaking his head. He seemed to think Brian had an intestinal worm (despite no problems there). A few drugs were prescribed (paracetamol, broad spectrum antibiotic, and un-named worm-x) and we were off.

What a waste of time!  I guess we'll have to let nature take it's course after all. 
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jaymyson on

isn't 31.5 lower than normal body temp?

2totango on

ooops, typo! 37.5

jaymyson on

that sounds more like a fever.

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