An Indian Experience: Day 16

Day 16

July 29, 2016

A Sudden Pain


I had been experiencing excess fatigue for the entire day, when around six in the evening I sensed something was wrong. I placed the back of my hand on my neck, and then, on my forehead. They were teeming hot, but maybe, that was just me. So, I decided to visit the closest adult, the neighbors. Because there was no one in the house at the time, I could not leave the house unattended, so I spotted the children next doors and told them to watch the house. They agreed and I went into their home to inquire chichi about my health.

Chachi, can you check if I’m sick?” She, too, went through the international process of checking both my head and neck with the back of her hand. Without any hesitation, she nodded, and said, “Yup, you’re sick.” Although expecting that, I was shocked to hear the news. I rapidly called my mom and my aunt who had gone out together. When they finally picked up, it turned out that they were right on the doorstep.     However, by then, I had a throbbing headache. Everything seemed so dull and dark, and my head was spinning. The pain in my head was growing by the second, and I also felt weakness overpower me. Then, a shiver hit me, and I slowly felt a chill come over me. How could I possibly feel cold in this heat? I could see the heat, but I couldn’t feel it. It was an eerie feeling. Because I was feeling cold, I wrapped a blanket around me and took that wherever I went.

I didn’t know how I was going to make it through the night. The fan or the air conditioner would make me feel cold, and without the fan or the air conditioner, my mom would dehydrate. I ended up having to sacrifice my confortable position on the bed, and slept on the ground where I could not feel the wind from the fan.

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