I almost passed out today.

Apparently I was behind on my vaccinations. Combine that with all the extra goods required for going to rural areas in tropical countries, and I have lots of drugs to take. Something in today’s batch didn’t quite agree with me…

After my shots they told me to sit in the waiting room for 20 minutes before leaving. For about five minutes I’m fine, save for a warm arm. Then I start to feel a little light headed. Within seconds I’m sweating more than after a 2k erg test. I rest my head in my hands and take some deep breaths but I’m not feeling any better. Then I look up briefly, and across the room there’s a girl about my age staring at me looking more horrified and worried than anybody has ever been in the history of mankind.

Thankfully she asked if I was okay and went to get a nurse. “He’s breathing and sweating,” I heard her say from the other room. There was a bit of drama afterward, like me almost collapsing and needing a little lie-down in the hallway, but later when I was more or less recovered all I could think about was that look on her face, and I couldn’t help but laugh. It’s not even funny, but still I smiled.

It was all quite minor in the end, plus they gave me a lollipop afterward. No reason not to smile right?

(P.S. My malaria pills might give me vivid nightmares. Awesome.)

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