Last week on Wednesday, I woke up feeling terribly fatigued, joint pain (specifically in my wrists), whole body ached, and I had a headache. My first thought was why can't the Chikungunya joint pain leave me already. It has been 5 1/2 months since I contracted the virus! Then, I thought that maybe I was coming down with the flu. So, I stayed in bed the entire day. Really, I am not kidding. I just laid there, napping on and off. Sounds nice, but it wasn't. The headache was much worse if I moved around. And, I don't have a TV or anything in my bedroom. So, stare at the ceiling, close my eyes, stare at the window, close my eyes, stare at nothing... The cycle continued all day. My stomach was cramping all day so I didn't eat much. All in all, it was a sucky day.
On Thursday, I felt a bit better (probably because I slept for about 20 hours) and went to work after taking some Tylenol and Aleve. I was able to eat a piece of toast for breakfast and some crackers at lunch but that was about it. My wrists were hurting all day and my stomach was cramping a lot. By 2:00, I was feeling fatigued and ready to go home. When I finally left work and started driving home, a headache was starting. This headache turned into the king of all headaches. I now know what the term "blinding headache" means. The pain behind my eyes was horrible and made me feel nauseous. My vision was blurry. Horrible headache! I was able to eat a tiny bit of soup and was in bed by 7:00. Sleeping was difficult since my stomach hurt so much. Lame.
By Friday morning, I had a fever, a massive headache that wouldn't go away, and pain in my wrists. And, to make it even better.... Diarrhea all day. Fun fun! I wasn't able to eat much of anything and just tried to sleep most of the day. Sleeping was difficult with the headache and cramping. I have never experienced a headache like this before. It felt like my brain was swelling and pushing behind my eyes. Ugh. At this point, I have gone three days without eating much, I had no appetite, and just felt like total crap.
Saturday morning, I felt much better. It was surprising and I was thanking the Gods for giving me just a few days of the virus instead of a week. We lucked into a free flight to Puerto Rico this day and I figured I would feel well enough to attempt the trip. This was mostly true, but my stomach was still mad the entire trip and the headache returned. I also couldn't really walk around long before I started to feel nauseaus and spaced out. So, the trip wasn't that great... But we did find a rental to stay at when we move to Puerto Rico :)
It is Monday now and my stomach is still upset, I have no appetite, there is a dull headache lingering, I am fatigued, and can't do much before I feel nauseous. I assume I will feel this way for a few more days. The rash that comes with Dengue is slowly starting to show on my chest and legs. Since I have already had Chikungunya, I know that it was Dengue.
Surely after going through Chikungunya and Dengue within 6 months, I am exempt from other viruses for a while? I am not sure if I can take another one. Maybe I could be a scientific study to see how quickly I can catch other mosquito viruses. Malaria? West Nile? At my rate, it wouldn't take long... Maybe I should get a plastic bubble to live in for a while. Geez...
Updated on 12/24/14: So, after some research, I learned that the Chikungunya virus can relapse for up to two years. Two years!!! Causes of relapse are stress, being tired and overworking. Well, I have been doing all of these things right before this happened and it probably was a relapse instead of Dengue. Just a week ago, I had major stomach pain and increased joint pain. I think I need to have a few days of rest and relaxation...