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January 18, 2006 07:40 PM

Dengue Fever

In the end we threw our bikes on the roof of a chicken bus for the ride to San Salvador. Brian had just been diagnosed with Dengue Fever and was in no condition to attempt the ride. San Salvador, with nearly a million people, offered us amenities better suited to a speedy recovery than the backwater town of La Libertad. As for his Dengue, we were told not to worry; "it´s not the bad kind." As long as there´s no sign of hemorrhaging, in the form of nose bleeds or spontaneous bruising, he can look forward to being fully recovered within two weeks of the onset of the fever, which according to our calculations was nearly a week ago. If anybody can shrug off the symptoms sooner, it´s him. He´s already showing signs of improving, though it may partially be attributed to the mysterious pain-killers the doctors have him on.

For all the talk of guns and gangs and war, San Salvador is surprisingly comfortable and familiar... at least in this suburb - Boulevard De Los Heroes. It´s easy to forget that we´re in a third world country. Last night we indulged in the guilty pleasure of a ´meal deal´at Wendy´s; from some vantage points the only obvious difference from, say Guelph, Ontario, are the palm trees out front and the shotgun laden guards at the entrance. Our binge on American culture wasn´t finished there... To help digest the burgers we hit up the local cinema and to our delight Narnia was playing in English with Spanish subtitles. Perfect.

Brian slept. We´ll b here until he feels well enough to continue on... at the moment, he´s insisting that will be the crack of dawn tomorrow.


Jonathan said:

If I had a dollar for every time I took mysterious pain-killers from a spanish guy...

January 19, 2006 09:30 AM
Tom said:

I think the most important question is...was the mosquito dealth with or do we need to send in a team.

Get well soon

January 19, 2006 11:06 AM
Andrew McLean said:

You should check out the new Quintin Tarentino movie. It's called Hostel, and it would be right up your alley.

January 20, 2006 02:56 PM
Carmel said:

Hey B!

Hope you're doing ok! Hang in there big fella!

Carmel xoxoxox

January 20, 2006 06:07 PM
Brian said:

Thanks for the best wishes everyone. As an update, I'm on my feet, off the pain killers, and have felt good on the bike over the last several days.

As a touch of bad news, no sooner had I recovered than Ryan was brought down by some virus. He struggled yesterday and we have taken today off to let him recover.

If we could only repair ourselves like our godforsaken bikes.


January 20, 2006 06:24 PM
Nate said:

Brian, I am sorry to hear that you have become a little girl. The Brian I know would cycle at 42km'h for 17 hours straight to rid himself of the disease. I am disappointed.

January 22, 2006 03:40 AM
matthematt said:

i've got a fever ... and they only perscription is more cowbell. HA HAHA AHA

January 22, 2006 02:48 PM