I don't know what it is with me these past few months, but I seem to be getting sick a lot more than normal. This latest illness was the worst yet. I was in Suai district doing a short training course at the media centre there when I began feeling ill. My throat was hurting, my body aching and my head sore. I thought nothing of it and went to bed early, but the next day it really hit me.
My body ached like hell all over, I was struggling to swallow, my head was banging and the lymph nodes in my neck were swollen and extremely painful. I was feeling nauseous and had completely lost my appetite. That night, I had such intense chills and fevers that I thought I'd mapped out a plan for an entire world war in my head. It was most bizarre.
The next day was more of the same. One minute I'd be shivering, the next I'd be sweating like a pig. My lymph nodes were huge by this point, kind of like when I had mumps at university. The car ride back from Suai was horrendous and I threw up pure bile twice.
It got so bad that my friends took me to hospital in Dili, where a Cuban doctor gave me a once-over and took a blood sample. I was prescribed antibiotics, paracetomol and these ginormous vitamin tablets that I can't even swallow.
I started on my meds right away and that night I slept about 14 hours. And then in the morning I started to feel a bit more normal. I hadn't eaten for two days and my body was exhausted, but I wasn't in as much pain. And indeed, as the day progressed, I made a rapid recovery and managed to get myself to hospital to pick up my blood test results.
All the doctor could tell me was that I didn't have malaria or dengue fever. So I have no idea what was wrong with me. My lymph nodes are still a little swollen and quite painful, especially on the left-hand side, so I'm wondering if maybe I had glandular fever or something similar. I also feel like I have a regular cold now and I'm sneezing and all sorts.
In short, it was two days of misery, another two days of half-misery and now a cold. Someone reading this must have been through something similar, right? I'd love to know what was wrong with me.
For any family members who might read this, I really am OK now, so there's no need to worry.