I slept on and off between fits of fever and woke up feeling as bad as last night. Any movement makes my head throb and eyeballs pound. I decided to catch a bus to Kupang where I could seek medical attention. I gingerly packed up my things and waited out on the street for a passing bus. One came by after five minutes and my bike was strapped to the back of it. I tried and failed to doze during the ride to Kupang bus terminal. I rode the short distance to Kupang Backpackers, wherefrom I caught a bemo to a nearby health clinic, only to discover no doctors are available there until Monday. Edwin (the owner of the Backpackers) organised a scooter ride for me to a hospital, where I had a surprisingly easy experience at the hands of well-qualified doctors who spoke excellent English. My vitals were checked and blood taken for testing. I appeared normal, with no signs of Dengue Fever. The diagnosis: dehydration and heat stress. I was attached to a drip for a couple of hours and pain killers were fed into my system intravenously. I also received some medication to take away with me: vitamins, electrolytes and pain killers. Knowing I didn’t have Dengue instantly made me feel slightly better, but I still have severe head, eye and joint pain to get over. I joined Ivis and Jess (guests at the Backpackers) for a beautiful dinner at some nearby food markets, followed by a stop at a street-side vendor offering sweet, chocolately-crepey things for dessert. (While most of my body is suffering, my appetite isn’t).
|Distance ridden today||5.1km|
|Average cycling speed||16.1kph|
|Total distance ridden||8,812km|