DAD SAYS “HFMD made me feel like an outcast”

Dad-of-one Marcel Lee Pereira is now paying more attention to his own health, after being hit with HFMD.

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“It all started with a fever one morning. I felt like I was coming down with the flu but I went to work nonetheless. Despite popping half a dozen Panadols, I felt progressively worse through the day, so, that evening, I left the office early to see a GP. My fever was at 39.2 deg C!

“The doctor said that I might have caught a virus from my 22-month-old daughter, Natalie, who had been sick that week. I got two days’ MC and I went back home to rest. I haven’t felt this unwell in a long time, I thought, as I lay shivering in bed.

“My wife, Carol, took my temperature when she got home that night, and it had spiked to 39.8 deg C, despite having popped eight Panadols that day. I shivered uncontrollably and we started to get a little worried, and decided I should go to the hospital that night.

“The doctor at the hospital saw that my tonsils were inflamed and discovered two ulcers in my throat, so I was diagnosed with tonsillitis and was prescribed antibiotics and a jab for the fever. I was also put on a drip as I was dehydrated. That night, I slept fitfully but in the morning, my fever had gone down and I was expected to go home soon.

“I couldn’t eat and the softest foods felt like fire down my throat. Fruit juices and soy milk made me wince in agony.”

 “Unfortunately, that day passed in a blur — I couldn’t eat and the softest foods felt like fire down my throat. Fruit juices and soy milk made me wince in agony. A steady stream of nurses came in and out of my room to take my vital signs and give me medication.

“That day, I noticed a little bump on my right index finger. It was only a scratch, I thought.”

Read to find out how Marcel realised he had HFMD…