Annals of Indian Medicine

Corey writes:

This past Friday, Gina and I invited a couple work friends, Bijayani and Soumya, over to our place. Bijayani just started working at SOVA two weeks ago, and we've hit it off pretty well with her. She has a journalism degree and is pretty well-informed about current events. I like to learn about Indian politics, etc. so I like to chat with her about that. Plus, she is the only person who is newer to K-put than us, so we get to feel like masters of the universe.

We cooked pumpkin curry with yogurt sauce, a South Indian dish from Kerala. It was pretty damn tasty, and Gina made her now-famous banana bread for dessert. The evening went well, and I escorted the two young ladies part-way home. (I would have gone the whole way, but you know, it's too far!)

As soon as I got home, I started feeling a little weird. I had food poisoning when we were in Delhi for training, and this was starting to feel the same almost from the start. By 11:00pm I was running a fever, along with some digestive issues. When I woke up the next morning, my fever had gotten worse, and I felt terrible. I skipped work in the morning and went in late. The fever got worse that day and the next, but started to get a little better on Sunday night.

By Monday night, my fever was totally gone, and I felt much better. However, the digestion issues continued through Tuesday. I also wasn't hungry, which was weird for me. The worst symptom came on Wednesday morning when I work up to find that my skin was a little orange. That's right, orange. This really freaked me out. I felt fine and my appetite had returned, I hoped that it was just some weird side effect. When I woke up this morning, my skin looked like this:

I thought "That's it, I'm going to the doctor immediately." After only a short wait, I got in to see him. He took one look at me and said, "My friend, you are a fool."