Obviously the new year has not been so healthy for me ... I was admitted to the hospital for dengue fever.
You heard it so many times over, so and so got dengue fever and it was just a number or person that you have known. You could signed and shaked your head over their sickness BUT now I know the difference after experiencing the fever firsthand. I truly can sympathise with anyone who has been through this fever.
It was not that bad in the hospital because you will be on IV drips, so eat or not to eat is not a problem.
After your discharge, that's when the problem really materialise. You have been advised to drink LOTS of water and rest. But once off the IV drip, you force yourself to drink but due to the empty stomach, you are soon vomitting everything you drink ... yes crab soup (which I did not take lah!), coconut water, 100 plus etc. You felt so tired after the vomitting and resting is only a temporary relief (if you can rest) because by now your own bed felt so alien.
Don't even think of eating to regain your energy. Your mouth has such a bitter metallic taste that a tiny morsel of food is likely to send you running to the toilet again. Thank goodness, my sister May taught me a trick, suck on ice cubes to get rid of the metallic taste.
Internally, you felt so tired easily and in fact I have no choice but to cancel my pineapple tarts orders that has been placed for the Chinese New Year. There is just no way I can handle the pace of baking these orders. Sorry to my friends for the inconvenience caused.
Slowly I began eating and drinking and fighting to go back to my former self.
So this was my experience with the deadly fever that can kill if you cannot get it monitor right from the first 2 days of your fever.
Anyway, I wish everyone a Happy and Healthy Chinese New Year again.