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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A reminder to stay healthy.

Hello world,
Today, I’m going to see the doctor. The reason: I’m hungry. All the time.
Now, you might be thinking “Oh Hakim, you so funny. You don’t need a doctor –  just a vending machine”. And that’s precisely what I would have thought myself, when I was younger and less wise. But last year on the 17th of December, something amazing happened: My birthday, and I turned 20. Suddenly, I’m not a teenager anymore, and by that right, all the teenage dumbfuckery must have magically left me. I’m older now, and suddenly wiser, so I know that when you don’t feel right, you should best see a doctor. Sounder advice has perhaps never been spoken by me at 7 o’clock in the morning.
I think it all started two Fridays ago, when I woke up feeling slightly under the weather. It was just a slight cold, so I stayed home and made myself some delicious porridge with chicken nuggets and prawns in it. But I made a lot more than I could eat, and so there was some left over. My fridge still isn’t working, so I just left it out. The next day, I reheated it for lunch. It didn’t seem to have gone bad to me, but then again, I’ve been known to eat rotten things only to stop when someone exclaims in sheer terror Hakim. Bangas sudah bah itu!”, so I could have been mistaken.
Next thing I know, I was vomiting all over the place for a couple of hours. Of course, I felt weak and dehydrated and like I just got punched in the stomach. Normally I’d expect all of the pain and suffering to end once I’d purged all the spoilt bubur. Fast forward to a week later and I’m still feeling lethargic, queasy. Also, it was like my stomach had turned into a magical unfillable void, and now I'm hungry all the time, no matter how much I eat. It is both magical and extremely sucky at the same time. I also have cravings for chocolates and sweets, but that’s just a normal occurrence for me.
 I also feel dizzy a lot, and generally out of it. So a few days ago I Googled my symptoms and to my chagrin, most of the results pointed to diabetes. Never before in my life have I worried about my health. But now I’m finally coming to realize that I’m not invincible, and if I don’t take active measures to take care of myself, I can’t count on staying healthy.
I’m quite sure it’s not serious, and it’s probably some kind of stomach flu or something from eating the bubur basi. Still, I’m thankful that this has scared me enough to finally start caring about my health.
Now, I’m really hungry so I must go to Carrefour to get some delicious and wholesome food.


Update (07/03/2012): The blood and urine test results came out normal. Doctor says it's not diabetes, probably just a severe case of food poisoning. In any case, this fright has made me more sensible, and now I'll take better care of myself. 

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