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28th September 2009

It's a nice piece of writing, Eddy. I want to hear more about your travel, so please keep writing. I still wonder a bit why the diagnosis came passably late. Your symptoms were very typical of conventional malaria. You were very good example for case-report lol (sorry, it's not very tactful of me). In Indonesia, Papua in particular, you would be sent directly for RDT - test for malaria. But even if the test isn't available, in here with your symptoms we are allowed to treat patients with quinine and antibiotics. The decision relies on clinical signs and symptoms. I'm pretty sure there was hardly any malaria in Mongolia, so it doesn't come as the first differential diagnosis. Anyway, your near-death experience must make you be more aware of being alive. Reading yours, I can empathise with patients' agony through attacks. We saw too many severe malaria patients that it just becomes mere job. Thank you for sharing.
14th September 2009

hotel in Jinhong
Thank you for the text and beautiful photos. I expect to go to jJinghong next april. Do you know a hotel and restaurant where I could go and if I can make a reservation from France. Do you know the dates of next water festival in April? Thank you for the answer Jean-Louis Lavigne
14th September 2009

Hotel in Jinghong
Thank you for this very interesting article. I expect to go to Jinghong next april for that festival, may be you know about a hotel i could go and if I can make a reservation from France. May be you know exactly the dates of next festival. thank you for answer Jean-Louis
8th September 2009

hey,i live on ruili city.next time when u come,just call me:)i will show u around
8th September 2009

pain
just got to read the second installment today. wow, i can almost feel the pain. great way of writing about the experience. hope you're all good in Moscow!
23rd August 2009

I wish you would refer to certain individuals as the father of the house or the man of the house, rather than the head of the family, even if they do have old fashioned ideas in those parts or all parts of Mongolia. Great blog as usual though! :)
23rd August 2009

It is no wonder the mongolians had no Malaria drug in the state hospital as we have no Malaria here. I, myself contracted Malaria in India and know the trauma. glad that you are ok.
19th August 2009

A bit late..
Am I the only one here who already knew the outcome :) I saw your previous blogs and knew and was waiting for this horrific climax...I know it is terrible, but hey, I it is human nature, wanting to witness and hear other peoples suffering... There is a psychological explanation to it all, but I can't remember it now… By the way, I distinctly remember a blog stating that you were finished with going to the ends of the world to find exotic tribes? It was after the Philippines as I recall… So what went wrong ;)
18th August 2009

Travel Preparation
Hello Ed, Malaria is a common disease among tropical countries. Granting you have traveled (visited) different countries before the signs and symptoms of Malaria, it could be possibly prevented if there's a vaccination that ranges from TB, Flu, etc...including Malaria. The best next option is to carry with you medicines for common diseases based on the country you visit. It's a very challenging point when you travel and at the same time being sick with Malaria. In any case, you are still very lucky......looking forward to read more of your travel blogs. God bless!
18th August 2009

Travel Preparation
Hello Ed, Malaria is a common disease among tropical countries. Granting you have traveled (visited) different countries before the signs and symptoms of Malaria, it could be possibly prevented if there's a vaccination that ranges from TB, Flu, etc...including Malaria. The best next option is to carry with you medicines for common diseases based on the country you visit. It's a very challenging point when you travel and at the same time being sick with Malaria. In any case, you are still very lucky......looking forward to read more of your travel blogs. God bless!
18th August 2009

http://www.roadtraveledless.com
Great writing man! These are the kind of travel experiences I enjoy reading about....unusual things in unusual parts of the world where not many people go.
18th August 2009

http://www.roadtraveledless.com
Great writing man! These are the kind of travel experiences I enjoy reading about....unusual things in unusual parts of the world where not many people go.
17th August 2009

You must be a bit of a nutter
Well done on an emotion filled blog that captures the essence of what you went through.
17th August 2009

Thanks.
"The cold within me intensified, taking me into new dimensions of pain I had never before experienced" - I felt pretty similar during French lectures at Exeter! I hope Moscow is treating you well. I'll write more when I have more time and a clearer head, but in the meantime, thanks for a well-written and memorable blog. J.
16th August 2009

yeh I flew home after Bangkok and spent 2 months there. Then did some traveling in Lithuanuia, Belarus and Russia which I'm gonna write up when I get a chance. Am now in Moscow about to start work as an English teacher. It definitely hasnt put me off traveling, just made me realise I need to be more cautious and take better care of myself!
16th August 2009

The doctors said I definitely did not pick up the disease in Mongolia as the country does not have the disease. It was most likely to have been in South West China or the Philippines
16th August 2009

wtf?!?
jesus! dude, that's a hell of a story - a near LIFE experience i'd say. i just had an unexpected hernia operation myself in mongolia which went fantastically well - a mere trifle compared to the maddening events you survived. well done... may you never have to repeat such an experience ever again!
16th August 2009

Malaria Attack
I read your description of a malaria attack with interest as my husband contracted malaria in Jordan, a country that is supposed to be malaria-free. He too suffered terrible attacks but they came about one every few months after he got over the first one and left him weak for weeks after. He had the ridiculously high fevers, chills and shakes, body aches and also vomiting, etc. After seven years we finally were able to get malaria meds from overseas and after taking them, he has been great. I hope other travellers can read your blog and be saved living with this awful disease.
15th August 2009

Wonder where you got it.
Hi Eddy, After reading your harrowing experience I looked up malaria on Wikipedia.. says it can take 1 or 2 weeks from time of the mosquito biting you. But this kind of mosquito that can carry it is usually from hotter sub-tropical climates. . I doubt it would be in Mongolia. . . so I wonder where the infected mosquito bit you. . I may have even happened in Beijing given the time range. We definitly had lots of mosquitoes in my apartment until I finally got around to fixing all the window screens. You are more likely to get it in South China. .but that was quite a while before you started showing symptoms. Anyhow I'm glad you had good health travel insurance coverage and are still alive! You know that area looks just like depictions of Native Americans in what is now Canada. . but 700 years or more in the past. . It's really like going back in time.. I wonder if you retired from your travels after the Malaria or plan to do more voyages. D
15th August 2009

Oh my God!!
That's absolutely horrific!! My experience with sickness in rural China was nowhere near as bad as yours, thank God!! I sincerely hope your health is back to normal now! Such a shame because it sounds as though your time with the Dukha nomads was amazing..
15th August 2009

Hope you are fully recovered
That was one scary experience for you, we hope you are fully recovered now - are you back home? Have you been able to figure out where you caught the malaria or is that a mystery to you? It was a good job you weren't travelling alone and you had Lizz there to help you out with getting doctors etc. All the best to you and for the future...hope it hasn't put you off travelling for good. Take care!
4th August 2009

Hello! Just to say I've enjoyed reading your blog. I've just come back from Yunnan though my trip was sadly cut short, I will definitely be going back in the near future - hopefully to the places you have written about! I think maybe these people here are the Lahu? I only say that because in contrast to other ethnic groups in Yunnan Lahu tend to dress in black. All very interesting stuff!
24th July 2009

part 2
actually looking forward to a more detailed story about how you dealt with malaria. I really hope you did not get that in PI (which I doubt). love the china blogs too liliram and yours too ed! i'll probably make use of those when i go visit someday ;) non-english places just makes me very hesitant
23rd July 2009

thanks liliram, am considering writing a book, right now am in england though and finding myself plagued by a bout of writer's block, back on the road in 9 days' time though so hopefully that will put me back in the writing frame of mind! Loving your China blogs by the way!

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