I have ever told that one should be careful with small skin scratches.
I did not! (See also our MEDICAL advice page )
I rubbed an itching mosquito-bite and bingo! The small wound infected with some ugly bacterias. When I found myself in a very bad shape (high fever and very low blood pressure) I had no other choice than to go to a hospital. Best choice in Kalibo is the Aklan Cooperative Mission Hospital.
Diagnostic was a septic shock.
Septic shock is a condition caused by an infection in the bloodstream (sepsis) in which blood pressure falls dangerously low and many organs malfunction because of inadequate blood flow.
After a head to foot check including ECG, I got in an aircon room with cable TV and refrigerator. The staff (doctors and nurses) checked my well-being every 30 minutes.
In the Philippines it is usual that relatives bring food and drinks. They even get an extra bed inside the patient’s room. Being a lonely wolf, the nurses around me organized food from a nearby eatery. So I got 3 times a day delicious Pinoy food with lots of fresh fruit.
I would like to thank the whole crew for their outstanding work and service. After a bit more than 2 days I’ve been OK again and could go home (with a big pack of pills of course).
WARNING: When a small scratch gets black or you find red dots around, do not hesitate to see a doctor.