When i was backpacking i caught Dengue Fever from a very nasty little mosquito. Just one bite and i was more ill than i could have ever have imagined possible from such a tiny creature.
The Asians call it 'the breakbone fever ' and i totally understood why.
Within a few hours of feeling unwell i was in bed sweating, itching all over and sporting this rather fetching swollen face. I could not walk or even roll over in bed. My eyes in this photo are open as wide as i could get them, i was a very sick girl.
A fantastic nurse came to my wooden hut and put me on a drip, i removed it in the night using a torch and my teeth.
There is no vaccine for Dengue Fever it is carried by daytime mosquitoes and one bite means i will carry the disease in my blood for life.
A month after i returned home my hair started to fall out in hand fulls, a result of my body going into shock according to the doctors. I ended up losing a third of my hair which fortunately grew back.
So, the moral of my story, wear mosquito spray all the time in Asia not just in the evening.
P.S........This is my real face.
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