Last week, one evening while playing TT I was telling my colleagues that maybe I need to get my eyesight checked as I am having a headache. I even lost a doubles game that day! I get a peculiar headache when I get fever too and it dawned on me while driving home that I might be having fever. I checked my temperature when I came home and sure enough my temperature was 99.7. I had a class the next day, so I decided I would take it and then see what to do next.
Next day in the morning I had 101 fever and still decided to take the class. By afternoon I was in positively bad shape. In fact, a colleague suggested that I should take the rest of the day off, but there was a meeting at 4.00 pm and I decided that if I had lasted this long, I would last till a little after 4.00 too. Thankfully some sense had prevailed and I cancelled the next days class beforehand.
The next day, I had it. Had to ask Sesha to come back from office so that we could go to the doctor and he promptly came back and took me to a doctor, my fever had reached 103.6 at the night and was hovering around 102.8 to 102.9. The young lady who attended to me said I should go for a complete blood test and that she was worried about my platelet count. Being in Gurgaon it still did not ring a bell. I was told to collect the blood test report after 6.00 pm.
My nephew was kind to us and went to collect my report where everything came as normal, only my fever was not going down. We went to the doctor the next day again and this time there was another young lady doctor who attended me and when I said my fever is not really going down, she said why don’t you repeat the platelet count once again, you could be having Dengue (there are a lot of cases of Dengue in Gurgaon as of now). They were kind to me and said they would let me know the result of the blood test within half an hour. We waited for sometime at the hospital itself but then I was getting too tired and we decided to go home.
The first time around I had no idea what platelet count meant but this time I was scared stiff, I in no case wanted to go down with Dengue! Thankfully when we called the hospital they told me my platelet count was still normal and I was not having Dengue. By that time my fever had come down to 100 and it went steadily down from there.
And today I was back at office but no TT as of now. In the meanwhile we had plans of taking off during October 2 to Octboer 9 but now only Sesha will go with his friends. 2008 had not been the year of travel for me!