In an household of 6 plus one auntie. We have all except one little girl succumbed to the ChikV (Chikungunya virus)
I have to say it was not a pleasant experience at all … I think this sums it up best for me ” at least I didn’t have to clean vomit” yup I heard myself saying that.
Taking care of 4 persons who are hubbling around in pain while you are not feeling great yourself is no fun. And then having to watch those 4 hubble around while you are stuck in bed is still swollen and spotted. Yup not fun.
Happy to say though that we are all slowly and I mean slowly on the mend. Joint pains and achy heads and necks still occur but it is not really keeping us down. Lets just say we should buy shares in the Cetamol family because the amount of Cetamol that has passed through this house.
Here are a few tips for those who haven’t gotten it so far or who are just getting the ChikV that really do help:
Papaya Leaf juice/tea:
The leaves of the papaya plant are boiled or as we did blended or juiced and then drunk. It is suppose to help with the symptoms and overcoming the virus. Honestly it is the most foul concoction you would ever taste HOWEVER we found that if mixed with orange juice or cherry juice even the most finicky eater or drinker would drink it all up.
Made from the grated kola nut it is recommended to cool the itch that comes with the rash. This is actually not bad tasting and I can attest that it works 2 of my people never actually got the full rash and those of us that got the rash was fortunate to not have any scratching. So don’t skip the bissy any at all.
Take it. Even if you don’t think it is relieving anything it is. Trust me I learned the hard way. I missed a dose of Panadol and figured what harm well I woke up fingers swollen and legs not functioning properly. Sigh.
Drink lots of fluid, lots of water. You need to be kept hydrated.
Taking the time to recoup is very important. This virus is really ridiculous if you don’t take the time to rest and really recoup then you relapse and have to lay in bed even longer. This can be hard for your energetic youngsters but I found the couch, colouring books, television and the tablet all very useful in keeping them quiet and resting. Mind you the painkillers made them drowsy too. :D
Stay healthy all
Keep the mosquitoes at bay.
I am still a big believer in the repellent qualities of Johnson and Johnson original pink baby lotion. Oh and Vape mats.
(We just have too many mosquitoes where we live.)