So with all that health sessions during stage, no one once told me that dry season = sick season. I’ve been in Cameroon for roughly six months now and have been perfectly healthy until about a month ago when the dry season hit. I thought of that common cold as a one-off incident, until these past few days.
First I find these cold sores looking things on the corner of my mouth. I didn’t think much of it until it got worse by the day. Then a mosquito bite on my leg got infected?! I didn’t even know that was possible. But apparently it is. I didn’t even know it was an infection until my entire bottom part of left leg hurts from that tiny circle, and Juliete saw it and said, “yeah, that’s infected.” And proceed to tell me horror stories of the kids at her host family that has nasty infections. Then she came to the rescue with some multi-purpose antibiotic pills. Why we don’t have antibiotic pills in that med kit of ours if beyond me.
Just as I was starting to get better, I woke up in the middle of the night yesterday freezing. Somehow I had decided to kick my blanket away. This morning, I woke up and could barely breathe. Et voilà, I caught another cold. For some reason my body is prone to catching illness right now. I hope this is just a phase. Meanwhile, I am popping vitamins, cold-meds and antibiotics like they are candy.
Mom, if you are reading this – I am fine. Still alive and kicking, just a few minor setbacks. No worries!