10:15 on Saturday Night
She’s very ill, vomiting and experiencing explosive diarrhea. Who ever decided “diarrhea” should be spelled like that anyway? Webster’s? What say you? Ah. Webster’s says it comes from the Greek (diarrhoia- of diarrhein, “diar” meaning “flow” and “hein” meaning “through”) through Latin (diarrhoea) and Middle English (diarrhoea).
Kim’s upchucking and outchucking… poor dear. She sounds perfectly miserable. She thinks it was something she ate… wow… that’s some powerful food.
8:30 on Sunday Morning
Well, Kim retched off and on from 10:15-5:00 AM. I went to sleep at about that time as well. Poor kid… she’s really miserable. Well, she mentioned Sprite last night, so I went out and got her a two-liter this morning. I also picked up some chicken ramen, but I don’t know if she’s up for that yet.
She’s been chugging water steadily, and then throwing it up… lovely picture isn’t it? She’s achy and really wants a warm bath. Greg and Resie said she could come over and have a bath at 9:00. She’s snoozing now, which is great.
16:59 on Sunday Evening
Now the dreaded words “dengue fever” have been mentioned: Resie saw on television the other day that the dengue has been particularly bad in the past few weeks because of the heat. I don’t know much about dengue, and therefore it terrifies me. There is a Filipino doctor here named Dennis, so he will be coming to see Kim soon. She has a fever of 101.7, and I was able to get her to take 500 mg of paracetimol with some bread just now. I’m praying she’ll keep it down, LORD. She’s experiencing a headache, dizziness, general weakness, nausea, and discomfort. She’s hot and cold at the same time with the AC on.
According to Webster’s, “dengue” causes fever and acute joint pain. I’ll ask her about the joints.
Tim and Tiffany are going to come over in a bit with some chicken noodle soup. That is so great of them. The ramen I got for her would probably be too spicy, so she’s steered away from that (and anything else except water and Sprite). Hopefully she can regain some strength with some food in her.
17:15 on Sunday Evening
She just asked for a hot water bottle for her back. She’s really achy.
19:25 on Sunday Evening
Dr. Dennis has come to see her. He asked her a lot of questions and examined her stomach for spleen or liver swelling (a sign of dengue or malaria). In the end, after talking through her symptoms and discussing various possible diseases in the area (we’re prone to any of them now, having been here for 6 weeks), he diagnosed her with a bad case of food poisoning. Maybe she has some e-coli taking a swim in her intestines. Anyway, he gave her some re-hydration formula and prescribed two cipromycin pills per day for at least three days.
16:00 on Monday Afternoon
I’m back from Chhouk in Kampot province. When I left this morning, Kim was sleeping. She slept all night.
Oh, everybody here is great. They’ve been so good about checking up on Kim, providing a thermometer and paracetimol, bringing the doctor, and even bringing food today. Tim and Tiffany bought some chicken noodle soup for her, and Resie brought it over. She ate some and took her cipro. She hasn’t thrown up or had any diarrhea today, and she’s rested all afternoon. Yay!