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My experience with chik-V

Published:Tuesday | October 14, 2014 | 10:00 AM

Readers who suffered through the debilitating chikungunya virus and are either recovering or have recovered, have taken to Facebook to let The Gleaner and their fellow Jamaicans in on how they coped.

I got it and [oh my God] it was awful! The pain, the pain, you would have to experience it for yourself to understand what I'm talking about. The fever, the weakness and I also realised that it seemed to affect any existing problems that you might have inside your body. For example, I have back and knee problems and it affected my back first, then my knee. It even affected an old sprained toe I had. I couldn't walk. I had to be assisted. This chik-v takes away your independence.

- Ingrid McKellar

Not good at all. Tears come to my eyes when it's time to take a bath. The rash on my skin whenever water touches my skin it feels like someone sticking me all over my body with a needle and the pain [oh my God]! Worst time of my life .

- Nicole Johnson

I would tell anybody that I would have my kids them over than have the chik-v. All now I can't walk good, my ankle hurts badly.

- Karen Ximines

Four weeks later, I still feel joint pains. I still can't walk properly or use my left hand to even open a bottle. In the mornings, I have to bathe my foot in hot water before I'm able to stand or walk.

- Talia Jo Jo Clarke

Terrible headache, itching of the skin, fever, joint pains, loss of appetite, and pain around the eyes. It's good to get the coconut water, as it gives you strength. In addition, chicken soup can be consumed.

- Pro'spero De Uno

Terrible, terrible thing. I came to Jamaica because my father, who is 100 years old, was sick. Ironically, he recovered very quickly from the chik-v, thank God. Little did I know that despite all the OFF! and Vitamin C, I took the chik-v back to Florida with me. Well, for anyone who have suffered this chik-v fate, you know how bad the pain is. After a week and two days later, I am finally recovering, slowly, still very weak, etc. The joke is, the doctor here in Florida did not know chik-v, and I had to tell him what it is and how to treat it.

- Josephine Johnson

Soursop leaves are very good! Plus, you can't bathe in any kind of cold water! Warm water is the choice! My mom just got over it in four days tops! Praise be to God! Not even a bump shi nuh get! The soursop leaves and stem work wonders!

- Valrie Moscow

Real crosses! Every kind of issue pops up with this one! I know there are some serious infections out there, but this is like nothing you ever experienced before. Every time you think it's gone, here it comes again! After three days of clearing up, all of a sudden I started itching like crazy; it started attacking/aggravating my eczema! Then the pain in the foot started coming back! Where does this thing get off and leave people in peace to pick up the pieces? #worstnightmare

- Bisasor Angela

Before I got the virus, I was saying, 'I think some of those persons just behaving extra, and if I should catch it I'm not going to behave that way'. The day chik-v visited me, I tried to walk normal because I didn't want the unnecessary attention. When chik-v hit me the right way, mi literally have to drop myself on the ground. Of my nuff years on Earth, I've never experienced anything this horrible. If chik-v should decide to visit my house again, I will take it. I don't want this thing near to my children.

- Dunella Pusey

I have a headache because I couldn't eat. I had a fever, my back, elbows, fingers, knees, hips, feet - all had pain.

- Pablo Starr

Not even when I went into labour, I've never felt these pains. Luckily, I had bissy. I drank it and used paracetamol and plenty vitamin c. I'm thankful I never got any of the rashes.

- Nadine Bennett Titus

Right now, I am just recovering from chik-v. My four-year-old also caught it. It nuh nice and it nuh normal. Worse when your body feel better and that pain still in your ankle, you can't walk. Not to mention the rash. My skin scratch mi like crazy. I want to sue Fenton Ferguson.

- Sandra Henry