MERS scare

I came down with a high fever last Wednesday which lasted for a few days and I was feeling pretty miserable. Especially since Kingsley is away for work right now so I was sick and alone with 4 kittens to take care of. On Friday morning I went into the urgent care clinic at Raffles hospital just to get checked out.

Things began to go wrong when I checked in at the registration counter and the receptionist marked me down as a male on the admission form. When I pointed this out to her she looked at me with utter confusion. She couldn't understand what she had done wrong. So I had to explain to her that I was indeed a female and finally she shrugged her shoulders as if to say whatever floats your boat and changed it to female.

Then when I saw the doctor he asked about my travel history and after seeing that I had been in Dubai all hell broke loose. I was given a mask to put on and rushed to a private waiting area and was told I must wait there for an ambulance to come and take me to another hospital where I could be tested for MERS. The ambulance drivers showed up wearing full HAZMAT gear (just like the movies) if I wasn't feeling so poorly I would have been laughing hysterically.

Making sure I stay well away from the other patients while I wait for the ambulance.

My first ever ambulance ride

I was then taken to ER at Tang Tok Seng hospital and was brought in via the back entrance and take into a negative pressure isolation room. I spent the next 6 hours in that room with the (very cute) doctor and the nurses coming in and out wearing full protective gear. I had blood work, chest X-rays...all sorts if things. Finally everything came back all clear so I was sent home with the strict orders to be at the CDC at 9:40am on Monday to have a second round of blood work and chest X-ray done. Thankfully all tests have come back normal and my fever is was just the flu after all.

Overall I am feeling much better however it will take me some time to get over the emotional trauma from being mistakenly labeled a male!

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