It is Monday, the hype is on. I mean everyone is talking about #Wakanda, mwana Black Panther, others “Buraka Pansa”. Where is Joy in all this? But of course that is the plot. We are all going to watch THE MOVIE. Missional Community (my extended church family) members alerted. Check, Usual Monday-movie gang informed. Correct. Announcement made to colleagues at work. Perfect. All set, ready to hit the cinema at Victoria Mall. What’s the plan: Get there by 6pm, book my ticket, read my Harvest Institute book as the clock moves to reading 8pm and the movie starts. I did not want to take any chances lest the seats be fully booked and I miss.
Exactly what happened. I missed the movie. Why? Ordinary tickets were done. No way, I could not pay 30,000UGX yet Monday would find its way back a week later and the same movie will still be 10,000UGX.
Alright, plot postponed.
By the time I got home, I was actually feeling sick. Muscle pain, high temperature, it’s suddenly abnormally cold, I as if have lost my balance, and an unsettling headache has kicked in. And in less than 3hrs I have switched from hype to pain. I hold on. Till the morning comes.
Enter, a certain hospital (that I won’t mention). I can assure you it’s one of those top ones. Insurance billing processed, out patient registered and I’m finally seeing the Doctor (Consultant)
Hello Joy, a calm voice from tall-ish medium bodied gentle man welcomed me into the room, directing me to the seat opposite him.
Hi, thank you, as I made myself comfortable
So, how are you feeling today? He asked.
I narrate the whole story to him (not the Black Panther plot). Lol. Headache, fever etc.
So he sends me to the laboratories. These guys hire one of the best diagnostics laboratories in the country. I was impressed. I was very excited. I should say the technician there is a good person. That’s a story for another day.
Anyway, laboratory results are out in a few, a full blood count has been done.
All the cell types in my blood are counted and referenced against a normal range.
It turns out that my lymphocytes (part of the crutial cells that fight infections) were abnormally low.
For such a result, the assumption is that I have a viral infection. And this is where my puzzle and questioning about this doctor and/or hospital begins.
Joy you see, your lymphocyte count is very low, you have a viral infection, and what you need is an Antihistamine. The “expert delivers his verdict”
Now, may be I missed it or I got it twisted or my other friends (medical doctors) were taught differently but honestly are antihistamines for treating viral infections. Google please help.
I look at him with this face of what did you say? Then I ask “so this viral infection, won’t you be more specific as to what exactly it is”.
No. He replies.
I had promised myself not to even write about it. But I can’t let it just pass. It’s discomforting to know that these are the hospitals that many of us go to. We trust that we will get proper diagnosis and treatment but it’s not what I found. I was not satisfied “mazima”.
1. We’re these people just lazy to do all the necessary tests and find out exactly what viral infection I had?
2. We’re the laboratories not well equipped to do it? Money was not the problem, I had an insurance card that has a big load on it.
3. Ok let it be a viral infection, let’s get a general viral treatment, why is it an Antihistamine? How do you treat a viral infection with a drug for allergies? Are viruses the new allergens?
4. Is this how it is and I only just noticed?
5. Is there a piece of information I need to know as a scientist that I have missed?
If you are a doctor, or medic and you are reading this please share what your analysis of this is.
If you are not a medic, you’ve been to hospital, what’s your experience?
I would really like to hear from you all. Let’s talk.