*Warning: infectious wound pictures below. If you’re squeamish, it’s probably best not to look.
The next morning, I was blind. Literally. Well, maybe not fully, but I didn’t have access to my contacts the night before. I found Orthokeratology via Groupon and have been IN LOVE with it ever since. In short, instead of wearing soft contact lenses during the day, specially fitted hard lenses are worn at night that temporarily reshape your eyeballs. This allows you to see without glasses or contacts during the day with perfect vision. The only real disadvantage is that, if you don’t wear them at night, your vision gradually diminishes during the day. So after waking up at CE’s house (because I couldn’t get into the hostel the night before), I was blind. And I didn’t bring my glasses because I didn’t think I needed them. Whoops!
I met up with FI and FB, and decided we were going to lounge by a pool. We headed to Jinja Nile Resort (payment of 6,000 UGX required to use the pool, boo) where the rafting guys were partying. Surprise, surprise. Our relaxing pool day turned into something of a bender. I’ve come to realize that this was not uncommon, and it’s probably the reason for all of my Jinja days blending together. No pictures of this because my phone stayed far away from me during this time. And thank goodness… I was literally thrown into the pool countless times!
The rest of that week progressed in much the same way… woke up in a not-so-great state (ibuprofen to the rescue), and hoped I felt better by the time I got to the clinic. I usually did except one night, where I got a sudden fever, chills and muscle aches that kept me up most of the night. I didn’t feel any better the next day, so I just stayed at “home” and played cribbage and cards. I decided I couldn’t miss my last day of work at the clinic, so I went in. Thanks to my mosquito-loving friends from Liverpool, I was scared into getting a blood smear to test for malaria. Thankfully, I tested negative.
It took me nearly two weeks for my digestive system to start feeling better. The symptoms were very vague and general (other than feeling like I was constantly being punched in the stomach), so I haven’t attributed this to anything more than digestive problems. Right around this time, a few of my mosquito bites on my legs started to get infected. This is what they started off as:
and progressed to this
decided was forced to get antibiotics by my concerned friends. I’m happy to report this is how the one wound is healing:
Anyone have any remedies for enhancing scar healing?!
My chain link fence wound behind my knee didn’t heal for a while either. I think my immune system decided to slowly give up on me.
It was probably a good thing I started taking the antibiotics when I did (I’m stubborn and tried to hold off as long as possible). Jinja was definitely a challenge to both my liver and my immune system!