Yesterday I was very sick. Today I went to the doctor and a blood test showed that I have plasmodium malariae. So now I am among the billions of malaria-infected people in the world. In retrospect it really wasn’t all that bad, just a lot of diarrhea. Other than the the obvious annoyance of having to run to the toilet every 20 minutes, the headaches, muscle pain, lack of appetite, and fatigue are pretty normal if you’ve ever had the flu or common cold.
I got a shot of quinine in my butt (ouch), and now I’m on anti-biotics for a few days. I feel better already; part of that was probably due to eating my first meal in twenty-four hours. I will go for more shots tomorrow and the next day and then I’ll be rid of this parasite forever. The good thing is that, according the Center for Disease Control, I am building up immunities to this parasite. Cool!
Update, 24 hours after first shot: I’ve had two shots now, and I’m on day two of anti-biotics. Other than the soreness from the injections I feel completely fine, or niko sawa kabisa, as I told my doctor this morning!
On another note, does this remind anyone of The Oregon Trail, the awesome edutainment program of the 1980s?
“Alan Has Malaria”…