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"Recuperation means doing things that make me happy."

— Matt, in response to me telling him not to do something.
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GalleryDengue in full color

Our ride in the suped-up van acting as an ambulance.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us with stats, a good word, or well wishes. Matt's fever is finished, which should mean that his platelet count will begin to rise. He just took his first actual, real stretch - hands up high - without having an IV stuck into his hand. So he looks a bit less geriatric now. He'll be doing another blood test tomorrow morning, and if his platelet count is rising, he'll be discharged. So he's almost out-of-the-woods and on the mend. (And by out-of-the-woods we mean into two to four weeks of recovery.) View Gallery »

"Twitching, sweating, aching and feeling generally assed-out with an exploding fever for 6 days definitely makes me feel studly and indestructible."

— Matt, in response to my query, “Do you feel studly?” now that his fever days are finally behind him.
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StoryDo you want a sandwich?

Sometimes when you're traveling with another person - your boyfriend, your partner - something happens to one of you and the other one doesn't have obvious recourse.

It could be something silly like one of you is sad, not having fun, feeling sick, or stubbed a toe. Maybe you're coming down with a cold. You may not even know what's wrong. But things are happening and your partner, finding themselves the momentary problem solver in your dynamic duo of two, wants to help, to keep the momentum going. They know you're plucky, but they just want you to smile.

Usually I am the one with an affliction and Matt plays problem solver, but either way we'll get into a process something like this.

Me: Something's wrong.

Him: OK, what's wrong?

Me: Not sure… I don't know. [Insert ... View Story »