Monkey Blood and Rat Raisins

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

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Flag of Cambodia  , Ratanakiri Province,
Saturday, December 1, 2012

One week – ONE WEEK! Brian's never been sick this long.  Not just feeling unwell - flat out in bed sick.  For the last day he's suffering from headaches.  Says it feels like sharp pencils are being stabbed into his head. We can't talk, eat, or do anything because he's in such pain and I have no idea what to do any more. Rest doesn't seem to be working, paracetamol doesn't touch this, and the Dr.'s aren't very much help! Last night I was ready to take Brian to the hospital. Nights always seem the worst and neither of us is getting much sleep. Beginning to wonder if the first blood test was done incorrectly. Perhaps it is malaria? Dengue? It seems like the longer this is dragging out, the more our little research and self-diagnosis is leading in that direction.

The debate began..  What to do: go to the hospital? go to the clinic? go to the old man on the corner? go to where the first blood test was done? or, as was suggested by the guest house staff, go to a medicine man? (as much as that would probably make a GREAT blog entry, we're not interested at all!). We decided to try the clinic as it seemed the most official without the hassle of the hospital. However, the Dr. there didn't want to see us. We definitely wanted another blood test done, so we went back to the cigarette-seller/lab technician. She didn't want to do one for us and told us to talk to the old man on the corner (I guess the cigarette business was lucrative enough in the last few days she didn't need our money). So much for our choice of input as patients!

Back again and the last place on our list.  He laid Brian out on a short wooden table with a little pillow for his head and drilled us with questions all while taking Brian's blood pressure and temperature. His temperature was higher today than the previous visit, but he wasn't manifesting the chills or sweats like before. After seeing that Brian still had a temperature, he wanted another blood test done and took us across the street to a different lab (take THAT, Cigarette-Lady). Now this place looked good. They actually had a few patients with IV's inside. The lab technician took a decent amount of blood (vs. a Dexter-slide) and ran it through a machine. Five minutes later, we had a very official looking print-out of a blood test rather than waiting 3 hours for a hand written report.

On the way back across the street, an entrepreneurial young man decided we looked like we needed his help as a guide. While standing in the street at the main round-a-bout, our conversation went something like this...

him: hello, how are you?
Me: not good, we're sick
him: where you go?
Me: to the Dr.'s because we're sick
him: you need moto to Dr.?
Me: no, it's right there and we'd like to go now
him: maybe tomorrow you want guide? I take you around?
Me: no! we've been here a week. we are sick and going to the Dr.'s now!

Finally, back at the Dr.'s the 2nd blood test showed nothing again.

Verdict?  Just some kind of Cambodia bug that Brian's body is having a hard time fighting off. Given some migraine tablets to help with the headache and they seemed to take effect immediately. So nice to see the regular Brian sitting up, chatting and making his bad jokes again. Maybe we will be able to move on soon!

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kittnrob on

Wow....hoping that you feel better very soon Brian. Travelling is so great but there certainly are times when you wish you could pull a little teleporter out and be home for a day or two...wishing you good health and fast!!

Lindsay on

Hope you get better soon Brian!
Geoff said he once got some pain killers over there that had swords on them and they worked great! I'm sure Sharilyn can find the little sword pills.
Sharilyn, you just make sure you don't catch it, you can't both go down at once.
Hopefully you get to move on soon!

2totango on

our pills have little lightning blots coming out of a lady's head and they seem to do the trick - that and the immitation red bull that contains nicotine.

jaymyson on

Hang in there Bro! I guess you don't have the same white blood cells as your iron lady!

2totango on

wouldn't have been managable if we'd both been out, that's for sure!

michelle preston on

poor brian, hope you are well soon, always bad when sick even worse when no one understands you!

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