19.12.2008 - 22.12.2008 25 °C
Max looked up from his prone position in the sun on the sand. He looked terrible with sand all over his face, droopy eyes and a deep lethargy. He had a fever starting and I was a little worried. We had just been paddled through 1.5km of subterranean river caves and I he didn't think he was going to be able to complete the 7km walk back through the jungle to our beach cottages at Sabang. Fortunately I was able to book two places on a boat from a tour group and we were wisked back to Sabang over a choppy sea. That night Max's fever reached 38.5c, he developed chills, a headache and lost his appetite. My concern for his health deepened when I awoke at midnight and read the phamplet that came with the anti-malarial drug we are taking (Larium).
The symptoms all seemed to fit and the words "life threatening" in the literature got me wired. Over the past few days we had been reasonably diligent in protecting ourselves against mosquitoes but we had all been bitten once or twice when we had taken the canoe on the amazing mangrove tour, which I would recommend to everybody who visits Sabang. At that moment I made the decision then to cancel our early morning departure on a boat to Cacnip Island and instead we rerouted ourselves back to Puerto Princessa on the first bus. By the time I had Max in front of a doctor at the Adventist hospital his fever had subsided but the doctor agreed with my concerns and took a blood sample....2hrs later we were back in reception at the hospital and I was very relieved to hear the nurse read out that he didn't have Malaria, just an influenza....Phew!
I have purchased two large bottles of insect repellant and we are now going to reignite our plans to get to Cacnip where I have booked a family bungalow at the Coconut Island Resort.