Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Dengue in Davao

Maid Elizabeth Skype'd the other afternoon (6 a.m. Davao time) and said "Mom, one of the girls has a rash that is spreading over her body, she is spiking a fever and her whole body aches.  I seem to remember one of the diseases you wrote about presenting in a similar manner - what is it?"  The first thing that popped into my mind was Dengue Fever, a mosquito born disease that has become more common recently. After quickly reading up on the disease, we found that it is prevalent during the hot, rainy season (they are in the hot, rainy season in Davao right now).  It is characterized by sudden high fever with chills, sever body aches, headache and sore throat.

The described symptoms were exactly what the girl was suffering.  What a relief it brought to all the girls to have an idea what they were up against.  Wild suggestions had been floating around - everything from the flu to meningitis had been mentioned.  While Dengue can be miserable, it is not contagious and certain precautions can be taken to protect other persons from contracting it.  Because they knew what they were dealing with, the girls hauled out their mosquito netting and filled their bottles of Backwoods Off.

Like everything else in life, the more we know, the better off we are.  All of the girls were able to rest easier, knowing they were not in danger of some dread disease, and the young lady that was ill, knows what steps to take to recover her health.

The Prepared Family Guide to Uncommon Diseases helped it's first patient!  I'm am thrilled beyond words and humbled to have been of some little help.


  1. I love Skype and use it to communicate with a nephew that lives in India and a niece that lives in Japan. I'm glad your daughter is doing well. She's in my daily prayers.

  2. Enola, The young woman who was assisted by the information of your book, will be one of many to come.

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    The Prepared Family Guide to Uncommon Diseases,
    to be included in your medical prepping library filed under "most important topics".

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    It provides a source of quick access to concise and succinct information regarding identifying many of the diseases, conditions, and maladies that many of us as preppers will be tasked to treat, and to assist our family members and friends with a successful recovery.

    The book material covers for each Disease and Condition, a concise Description of the Disease, it's detailed Signs and Symptoms, then covers it's specific Treatment and Prevention instructions clearly outlined for your use.

    There is crucial information on quarantining, medication and basic equipment procurement lists, a
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  3. Well, Enola, your diagnosis from several thousand miles away should be the best review of your book imaginable. Plus, maybe that girl will write a review of your book when she recovers. Wouldn't that be great!

    I have neglected to order a copy and must do that today. I'm off to do that now. Congrats on helping that poor young woman. Later.

    NoCal Gal

  4. Enola,
    Now that's what I call an awesome Tele-medicine call on the diagnosis. I pray they are treating her for her malaise and fever appropriately there and she is improving. Dengue is just an awfully achy sickness to the body.

    G-d Bless You and all of yours!


  5. NoCal Gal and notutopia;
    I only made a semi-informed suggestion! Amazingly, it has been textbook Dengue so far, right down to the rash that spread over the body but does not include the face. Luckily, she is surrounded by medical types that are keeping a close eye on her, and if her symptoms change or worsen, they can get her medical help - so they don't have to rely solely on me! How blessed we are to have so much reliable knowledge right at our fingertips.

  6. When I was in Africa (curtesy of Uncle Sams nation building program) we were warned about Denge Fever and some other weird stuff. Im concerned that if things really start to fall apart in this country or continent for that matter. All kinds of weird stuff we have not seen since the early twentieth century will reappear and infants, young children and senior citizens will be the hardest hit.
    History will repeat itself, it always does.

  7. I ordered the book, too, yesterday (after I left my first comment). It will become part of my First Aid & Health binder. Thank you, Enola, for writing it. You rock!

    NoCal Gal