Sunday, May 29, 2005

A Nasty Little Bug

Bad news: a nasty little bug has given Kiran a nasty little bug.

We've been tardy with this latest installment because Kiran's been suffering from a high fever. After the second day of this, we admitted her this morning to a (really quite nice) hospital where the theory is that she's contracted dengue fever from a mosquito.

Dengue fever knocks out your blood platelets and, if your platelet number gets too low, you require a transfusion. Now, if you go look this stuff up on Google, it'll tell you a lot of scary stuff about a related disease: dengue hemorrhagic fever. But because we've diagnosed it soon enough, this shouldn't be a problem. Kiran is in good spirits, is feeling fine (except for some aches), and is getting a lot of needed rest. Looking back, that 'graduation one day, trip to Sri Lanka the next' plan of ours probably wasn't the smartest. She's been really wiped out and was no doubt vulnerable to such an illness. Of course, the mosquito didn't care about that; it just thought she looked delicious.

Suffice it to say, it's tough for me to watch her be ill, but I'm encouraged that we've got her into a great hospital, that the doctors are top-notch and used to this sort of thing, and that she'll probably be a lot better real soon.

This does mean that our plans have been derailed for the moment, though. Kiran isn't going any place real soon and I'm not going to leave her until I know she's back to normal.

We do appreciate your prayers and kind words. It's a great comfort to know that we have a community of supporters back home and a way to be in touch even on the other side of the world.

Know that we're safe, that Kiran is in good hands, and that we're all the more amazed by the empathy and concern of friends both here and at home.


At 5:48 AM, Blogger Suzannedoerun said...

We're sorry that Kiran is sick. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

At 8:17 AM, Blogger Aunt Alison said...

Prayers for both of you, for quick recovery and for continued good health and stamina. It was so good to talk with you both last night--blog and email is fine, but voices are better! We're relieved and comforted to know that you are receiving good care and watchful attention from many sources.
With love,

At 10:59 AM, Blogger JoshG said...

Hope you feel better. Our prayers are with you!!

Josh and Shan

At 12:38 PM, Blogger The Cleavers said...

So sorry to hear that Kiran is sick. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Hang in there!
Audrey, Dan and Lauren Cleaver

At 1:11 PM, Blogger Wes said...

What's the market like for dengue cowbells? Thinking of you, Kiran and Alex, during this unwelcome detour. Blessings all over you.

Dr. Bruce Dickinson (a.k.a. Wes)

At 1:12 PM, Blogger Mary Beth said...

K, please rest up well (and Al, take care of yourself too). I love y'all and am praying. love, MB

At 6:14 PM, Blogger AMAWAMA said...

KIKI and my BIL ...

Wow. I'm so sorry lil sis!!! Trying not to worry tooooo much, but I can't help it. I'm glad Alex is there to take care of you (remeber the time I had to travel across Asia while battling my own "illness"?? ... that sucked!) I'm also really sorry that your trip has taken this kind of a turn ... please, please don't feel discouraged. You guys have done so much already!! I wish I could hop in my car, drive over and help take care of you ... but I guess I'll just have to wait until you make it home safe!!

So, so, so much love!!


At 7:22 PM, Blogger Jill said...

Enjoying your posts ... except for the one today. Prayers are with Kiran for a swift recovery. Relieved that the healthcare facilities are to your liking.

Jill K.

At 6:19 AM, Blogger Sloane said...

I'll keep ya'll in my prayers.

At 12:53 PM, Blogger scott and clara welsh said...

Eat bananas Kiran! We learned that something in bananas,when digested, keep mosqitos away. We learned that from our Mexican friends.They would load up on them before going into the fields to pick produce. Lots of bananas! Of course you can get a wee bit constipated from that too!
Seriously, get lots of rest and do what the doctor, and Alex orders! We will pray for you on this end.
The Welsh's

At 1:28 PM, Blogger The Hessler Family said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you,Alex, and Kiran! Feel better soon, Kiran! We miss you both!

The Hessler Family

At 1:34 PM, Blogger The Hessler Family said...

Hi Paster Alex and kiran,
Kirian I am very sad to hear you are ill. But I do know that you will get better. Keep Safe!!!! You both are in my prayers.

Rachael Hessler

At 6:31 PM, Blogger estevan said...

We are praying for you both. I remember being sick in Guatemala, and then feeling 10 times worse while holding Estevan as he got sick in the street in Antigua. What a nasty drawback of travel.

We're glad people there are taking care of you and loving you. We love you both.

the peace of God be with you,

At 4:20 PM, Blogger Sue & Oscar said...

Best wishes to both of you. So relieved to hear Kiran is better and Alex still has his sense of humor. Will keep you both in our prayers and are anxious to see you back in the U.S.A. Sue and Oscar


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