Elder Swan is serving in the Tonga Nuku'alofa Mission from July 2013 to July 2015

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Dengue Fever strikes again 3/15/2015

Elder Felemi and Elder Swan preparing food

Some of my friends
It was a really great week and me and Elder Felemi get along great! We have 3 or 4 progressing investigators and we are working hard everyday. I am not going to send a big email today because I am sick... I've got Dengue Fever.. It's like what I had last year but a lot worse this time I guess. The nurse just came over to see me and told me about it and what will be happening to me... Hahaha Crazy but I am OK. Right now I have a fever and really bad heart burn so we'll see what happens. I've got a lot to do this week and don't have time to be sick. The nurse told me to just rest and not eat to much and one day this week I will have to go to the hospital to check my blood!
I'm about dead so I think I am going to go to sleep! I'm sorry mom! I love you soooo much! Have an amazing day! Tell the family HI and that I love them!

DO NOT WORRY ABOUT ME!!! HAHAHAHA I'm on the Lord's errand and I will be FINE!!!
Ofa Atu!!!

Note from MOM!!!
I asked Tyler what the nurse told him to expect and he said he didn't think he should tell me so I looked it up. Please keep Tyler in your prayers this week I know he could use them.

  Dengue fever is transmitted by the bite of an Aedes mosquito infected with a dengue virus. The mosquito becomes infected when it bites a person with dengue virus in their blood. It can’t be spread directly from one person to another person.

Symptoms of Dengue Fever

Symptoms, which usually begin four to six days after infection and last for up to 10 days, may include
  • Sudden, high fever
  • Severe headaches
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Severe joint and muscle pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Skin rash, which appears three to four days after the onset of fever
  • Mild bleeding (such a nose bleed, bleeding gums, or easy bruising)
Sometimes symptoms are mild and can be mistaken for those of the flu or another viral infection Younger children and people who have never had the infection before tend to have milder cases than older children and adults. However, serious problems can develop. These include dengue hemorrhagic fever, a rare complication characterized by high fever, damage to lymph and blood vessels, bleeding from the nose and gums, enlargement of the liver, and failure of the circulatory system. The symptoms may progress to massive bleeding, shock, and death. This is called dengue shock syndrome (DSS).
People with weakened immune systems as well as those with a second or subsequent dengue infection are believed to be at greater risk for developing dengue hemorrhagic fever.

Treatment for Dengue Fever
There is no specific medicine to treat dengue infection.  You should rest, drink plenty of fluids, and see your doctor. If you start to feel worse in the first 24 hours after your fever goes down, you should get to a hospital immediately to be checked for complications.

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