I’m getting very accustomed to waking up in the tropics. Birdsong, cicadas, cockerels, the warm morning sun pouring through the balcony windows. Good morning , Bali 🙂
It wasn’t long before my mind went to noticing how I was feeling. No fever? Check. No muscle pain? Check. I slumped up, rubbing my eyes. No headache? Hell to the no! I feel good, and this makes me happy.
Later however, is when I will get my blood test done. I’ve read so many articles about travellers getting dengue fever, I’ve prepared myself for the worst. This year seems to be the worst hit many tropical countries have had with dengue fever, with numbers of Aussies and Kiwi’s coming home from holidays in Bali, Hawaii, Malaysia, Philippine’s having being infect with the virus. The symptoms can be painfully long and on-going, other’s seem to not have the symptoms for long at all. Is that what’s happened to me? Dengue Fever is a long running virus, but this year a vaccine has been developed. Until countries get access to it, it’s something that lives with you. It’s almost a given that you’ll get bitten even just one time when you’re in these parts of the world (whether you a covered head-to-to in mozzie reppellant or not), and if it happens to be a dengue carrying mosquito, well it happens.
Right now I want to enjoy everything. The sun. Good food. Moving around freely. Talking to friends. My blood test is in a few hours, time for some breakfast at one of my favourite places now, Atman Kafe
Long story short: I am in the clear!!!!!!
The time between getting my blood tests done and getting the results was a few hours, so obviously went to chill out in the shops and also eat more food. On my visit back, my vitals and general well-being showed to be great. The doc advised me about the likelihood of the other day being a viral infection which a few people seem to be getting lately, but understood that getting a blood test would be more reassuring that ‘hoping that’s all it was’. I wanted to trust what my body was telling me, that I felt fine. Sometimes it also tells me I could eat another pizza slice too but this I just wanted to look into.
My results showed a few things:
- Dengue fever – negative. Woohoo!
- My haemaglobin levels indicate that going vegan this past year hasn’t led me to develop any deficiencies in Iron or B12 too! Pow.
- (Less to do with my blood) The doctor was surprised that my immune system seemed to kick the viral infection pretty quickly. Most can go through the symptoms for at least a week, whilst mine seemed to haven taken care of itself within the day. I’ll go ahead and attribute my strong immune system to eating whole and plant based foods… thanks Immune System!
Relieved and renewed
I felt over the moon, and wholly appreciative to my health. It was a bit of a rollercoaster of feelings these past days, but I’m really thankful to be and feel healthy. Needless to say I’m going to be extra cautious with being covered in repellant (it’s not worth the worry guys!) and also that I’ll be more open and aware to the way I spend the time I am given. I wasted no time in sharing the good news with partner and friends.
Celebrating life with a Dinner with Yogi’s
I decided to contact Jessica from the course to see if she’d be free for dinner, and she brought Jenny who was also joining the course with us. It was a beautiful and wholly enjoyable night, where were shared our experiences of life and yoga, what our journey has been so far are and what we aspire to learn. I shared my story and recent renewed zeal for life, and listened intently as they each spoke of what brought them to this place and these moments, and how we’re each anticipating the training in our own inspiring ways. We laughed, we ate, we relaxed, we connected. I couldn’t have asked for more lovely company. I am finding so many ways to feel at home here.
I read back on the things I wrote yesterday and will try to hold them true. The lessons that we learn in hardship bring strength as well as wisdom. Tonight I feel for those who go through health issues or any troubling times. I am thankful.