Whacked Out By Fever

The one good thing about being sick is that no matter how unhealthy I felt before that I would feel all hale and hearty after I got better. This is how I am feeling right now. It is a matter of perception but I am not complaining. I had fever last Friday. It went away on Saturday and I felt well enough to participate in an accessibility audit at Kuala Lumpur Sentral with a group of students from University Malaya. Early Monday morning, I had fever again. It consistently hovered above 39C. I was nauseous, light-headed and had abdominal pains. My body was burning hot.

Cedax (ceftibuten)

Wuan decided that I had delayed enough seeing a doctor for the persistent fever that has been plaguing me for the past few weeks. She duly took a one-day emergency leave and dragged me to SJMC. I was already feeling better when I reached the hospital. The urologist prescribed a one-week course of antibiotics for urinary tract infection and paracetamol for the fever. I also had to provide urine specimens for culture and sensitivity test to identify the bacteria that is causing the infection. I took the opportunity to ask him about the lump in my scrotum. He said that it will take a while for it to disappear.

Today is the second day I am on the antibiotics. The fever has not returned. I feel a little weak but generally I am almost my normal self again – a matter of perception that is. I have not eaten much since yesterday due to the nausea. I am going to take it easy for now. Wuan and I will be making a trip up north again soon and I want to be at my best of health to endure the long journey there and back. Besides, there is a lot of packing up that we need to do while we are in Penang and a lot of food that I am looking forward to eating while there.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

2 thoughts on “Whacked Out By Fever”

  1. Hey Pete, a fever lasting more than even a few days is bad.It means the body is unable to overcome whatever problem it has.Good thing you were finally persuaded to see the doctor.
    The lump in the balls could be an ingrown penis – just kidding bud!!
    Take good care of yourself. I need my daily dose of whats happening in your world.

    I am seeing the doctor again Friday to follow up on the problem. Hopefully, the fever did not wreak any havoc to my kidneys. In grown penis? I wish. Such a spare appendage may come in useful some day. You never know. Thanks for the concern. 😀

  2. hey peter, fever is an important red flag, especially when you are at a higher risk of UTI. if left unattended your kidney function can go down the drain in matter of days and you will never recoup that loss. better be vigilant ya. i hate to see you going thru any more unnecessary inconvenience. take care and say hi to penang for me.

    Complacency is something that I should wean myself off. I should have gotten medical attention at the first sign of UTI but I did not. Lets see what the urologist say this Friday when I go back for a review of my C&S. Thanks for dropping by. I will think of you when I am in Penang. ;P

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