This September, I’m celebrating my 20th year of surviving Dengue Stage 4. Life has been good to me. I am forever grateful. I hope I have made good the second life lent to me.
The 4 Stages of Dengue
Stage 1: Acute fever and upper respiratory symptoms
· Stage 2: Fever subsides
· Stage 3: Circulatory failure, neurological problems, and hemorrhaging
· Stage 4: Shock and death (10% of all cases reach this stage)
Watch out for Stage 2. It doesn’t na magaling na ang patient.
Thanks to the bedside doctors who made sure I had a pulse 24/7 and the nurses who watched over my platelets. Thank you to Dr. Rustica Moran who made the decision to save my life when my platelets and pulse failed. I was a charity case.
The government hospitals cannot give that kind of attention to the 63,000 reported cases in 2010. I was lucky, 20 years ago. The 465 who died last year weren’t so lucky.