Image via WikipediaI was bedridden last Saturday and Sunday, and parts of the preceding Friday, of fever. The fever that comes along with the rains. This year, we forgot to clean our surroundings. I mean, everyone in Kannur forgot to do so. And what more, our family decided to shift to the urban Kannur this month. And so, when it started raining, I was conveniently located for the mosquitoes to have a bite. They were here, they were there and they were everywhere. We managed to keep them out of our bedrooms using Mortein. But Mortein actually works only when we have closed every door and window so that no mosquito can enter from outside. And there was this colony of mosquitoes in the bathroom. They come through the closet, like ghosts in Hollywood movies. So, there was no stopping them from looming around us, posing a deadly threat of numerous diseases including malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever and filariasis. Still, we managed to escape their deadly stingers.
But it so happened that on Friday evening, when I was returning from my new school (Chinmaya Vidyalaya Kannur) I was very tired and the next thing I remember properly is that I was sleeping in bed.
Now, it was a confirmed case of viral fever. But I didn't take any medicine. I knew that there was no efficient anti-viral drug with my father. And so I knew that whatever he gives me would be of no use. But, evenif he had a medicine, my father would not tell me to take any medicine. Becuase after almost 20 years of treating patients, he knows that it is better for the body to take no medicine at all rather than take all sorts of anti-biotics that suppress the symptoms of the disease and give momentary relief, destroying the body's capacity to fight and win over foreign bodies while doing so. And I believe him completely. There can be no medicine stronger than the white blood cells in our body. Just trust your body, give it rest and give it a chance to show what it can do, I'm sure, no disease will ever haunt you for more than a week.
What I learned from having suffered fevers, alone, for the last 10 years of my life is that, the best way out of a fever, is to suffer it completely.