A Patient In Medical Training

in STEMGeeks8 months ago (edited)

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Right there on my face are vesicular rashes from Herpes zosters infection, commonly known as Chickenpox. This illness came straight from the pit of hell: it itches like mad and the headache that follows could almost shatter my skull.

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"Chickenpox is a highly infectious vaccine preventable viral illness. It can be transmitted through close contact with infected person and respiratory droplets" -- Davidson's principle and practice of medicine.

I contracted it during my paediatrics rotation in the University of Port Harcourt Teaching hospital. I experienced the worst fever ever in my life, my temperature was above 39 degree Celsius. I was dizzy, weak, lethargic and the features were so severe that I could bearly leave my bed. I was asked by my doctor to self isolate for more than a week, because of the high transmission rate of this disease.

At about the early hours on the fourth day of my illness, I felt a severe form of weakness that can't be described with words, and eventually fainted. I was rushed to the hospital by my friends where I regained consciousness following resuscitation after 30min.

On the day six, the rash has started to disappear and on the 10th day I was back to the hospital as a doctor in training in the paediatrics ward rather than a chickenpox patient.

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Chickenpox is preventable, though still remains common in developing countries because the vaccine is not readily available and not free.

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