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Now that I've been traveling for several years, I've gotten sick a LOT away from home. Last month I struggled to get myself to the clinic to find out I had a throat infection. Ojek's aren't nearly as much fun with a screaming headache on the way to the doctor. Then again, neither are subway rides. I've also gotten a lot of different kinds of sick as one could imagine. In Indonesia, food poisoning is more common than the common cold.
Lately there's been a spate of viruses flying about my school. A teacher was out last week with what is presumed to be Dengue fever (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dengue_fever). There are at least 2 other strains of virus causing everything from headaches and diarrhea to rash, exhaustion and fever. A couple of guys at work were out 3 or 4 days last week after becoming very rapidly ill. I'm fighting something different. It's a kind of "ill" I've not experienced before. I am lethargic, like I can never sleep enough. Even after 7 or 8 hours sleep, I am struggling to get up and peel myself out of bed in the morning. My back muscles are more sore than they've ever been before. I'm getting headaches most days and I have these strange tiny pink, blue and purple veins which are quite visible on my legs. They just popped up two days ago. I don't know what it is; a friend suggested low grade Dengue. Since it started two weeks ago I've had other symptoms that show up for a couple days and then leave. I don't know what it is but I wish it would go away. Here's hoping several days of lounging on the beach and sleeping in will do the trick.