Here Is What Happened To Me

by Captain Bill

Here Is What Happened To Me

Spending time with my IV drip bag.

Spending time with my IV drip bag.

I am not here to whine, complain, apologize, or make excuses. I am here to let you know what happened to me. A brief history; I slept most of the first week of March as if I was in a coma. I became conscious just in time to keep Marmelita from calling the ambulance. She half carried me to the Ana Stahl Clinic, where I was misdiagnosed. I wasted another week being treated for dengue. I had dengue years ago on the island of Bora Bora in the South Pacific, and know the symptoms. I knew I didn’t have dengue but the doctors at Ana Stahl were very stubborn and ignored my objections, so I wasted most of another week sleeping.

A friend recommended Doctor Erwin Ampudia, and I recommend him to you. He is the best doctor I have ever had. Plus he makes house calls, as you can see from the photo above with me lying in my own bed under the IV bag hanging from the wall where Jesus on the Cross was hanging a half hour before.

I learned more about the bio-diversity of the rainforest. Did you know 25 % of all the viruses around Iquitos are unnamed, unclassified by science, and poorly understood? I caught one of those. A virologist could make a name for herself researching the viruses of Iquitos Peru. For all I know 25 % of viruses everywhere are unnamed. Dr. Amudia does not have the resources or time to research the virus, but he cured me.

I was fine for two months, then I came down with the same virus again. We recognized it earlier so it was easier to cure the second time. Then on July 5th and 6th I was feeling something wrong, and slept most of the day and night, and sure enough, I was having some residual effects from the same virus. This time Doctor Ampudia is treating it more aggressively, hoping this will be my last bout. I am scheduled for two more IV drip bags, and two more shots, and a large vitamin supplement.

This virus knocks me out. I can sleep all day and all night and all the next day. Then I lay under a drip bag for hours.

Last week a friend asked me, “How do you and Marmelita get it all done?” My answer was, “We don’t, I can’t.” I guess since the 1st of March I have lost a month and a half of productivity, maybe two months. Marmelita was already the most overworked woman in Iquitos. Our friends poke their heads in the office on their way home to express feeling sorry for her working so late every night. Frequently she brings the “books” home and works at the dinning room table till midnight.

My last blog post was July 12th, and the one before that was July 2nd, and here I am again on July 23rd. That is not getting the job done. I am proud of my July 2nd post, Here Is What Happened On Our Amazon River Boat Cruise. I was feeling strong and great. After that, I had ideas for good articles, but could not stay awake long enough to write them. I am very grateful to all of the writers who provided me with guest posts to help keep the Captain’s Blog content fresh while I was sick. Special thanks to Mike Collis and Barry Brett.

I missed some of your emails. I flagged most of them for attention when I woke up, but sometimes I did not wake up. I know several slipped through the cracks in my attempt at triage. Usually I am efficient with emails, but not lately. Tomorrow morning I am going to go back to clean up my inbox and see what I missed.

The last two days have been my best in a long time. You can expect more from me.

Here Is What Happened To Me

Bill Grimes

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dottie Bonnett July 23, 2009 at 11:20 pm

Dave and I are still not up to speed – perhaps we have a variation. All the Leers were sick all night the last night in Lima, slept the next day and were fine by the time we got on the plane. No one else here caught my respiratory/cough thing and I hope no one there did either. I’m sure Judy’s honey and lime juice helped with that. The Leers are still fine but Dave and I have had an intestinal thing and no pep or energy. What’s in your IV’s and shots? Hope you’re feeling better. It doesn’t sound as if we’re feeling as bad but we’re not getting much productive work done. Dottie

2 Dottie Bonnett July 24, 2009 at 4:54 pm

PS I would be a really popular abuela if I could get that chicken recipe from Judy and Marmelita!

3 Matt Grimes July 25, 2009 at 9:41 am

I hate to see the intrepid jungle guide in this condition. I hope you get feeling better before your trip home. It looks like they filled the bag with Inca Cola.

4 Dottie Bonnett July 26, 2009 at 7:16 pm

If it’s Inca Cola, check his blood sugar levels!

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: