I recently contracted the dreaded Dengue virus. Yes, I went through all the hullabaloo of being confined in the hospital for 5 days and constantly had a nurse visit every 8 hours to extract blood from me so that the doctors can monitor my platelet count. It was such a hassle!

For those who know me, I hate going to the doctor and I hate being confined. While other people like the air conditioned room and the special treatment, I would rather stay at home and try to recover from anything in a familiar place. This explains why I only agreed to be confined a day after a knew that I already had dengue.

What did I feel? Well, for those of you who have not yet had dengue, it all starts with a really high fever. In my case, I had a 39 degrees Celsius fever which lasted for four days. I went to the ER of St. Lukes Global City on the third day. That’s when they found out through checking my blood that I had dengue. They had this test that can confirm if you have dengue by doing a blood extraction (NS1 and the IgM and IgG). Aside from that test, I had to undergo CBC or Complete Blood Count.

During that day, my platelets were still within the normal range (but already near the lower limit). I opted to go home since I was still breastfeeding my baby. The next morning and day 4 of my fever, I had to go back to the hospital to do another CBC. This time, my platelets were below normal and I agreed to be confined.

My platelets continued to drop. Mind you, there is no cure for dengue. You just have to hydrate yourself! I was drinking gallons of water a day and I was going to the restroom every hour. Aside from the water I was drinking, I of course, was connected to an IV so that I had another ‘hydration’ source.

During this time, I was taking Tawa Tawa. I had my husband bring me boiled leaves of tawa tawa, which was made at home and mixed with calamansi concentrate (just to mask the taste). Aside from that, I was taking this Dr. Dana Tawa Tawa Concentrate drops. You can get this from Echo Store. It is at Php 550 per bottle.

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The dosage that I took was 1mL every hour. I know that Tawa Tawa has no approved therapeutic claims yet, but I think it really helped control the drop in my platelet count. The lowest platelet count that I had was at 80,000 plus which was not bad at all!

Echo Store also has this Tawa Tawa Tea Granules. This is being sold for Php 80+ pesos.

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I recommend that once you suspect that you have dengue, drink lots of water already then take tawa tawa already.

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About The Author

Ginger is the General Manager of ManilaWorkshops.com. She is also the co-founder of a tech start-up company called Turn Up Trumps, Inc. She is a business coach and has her own program called Love the Leap. She has been a blogger since 2005, writing for MommyGinger.com, ManilaFitness.com and ManilaReviews.com. She graduated MA in Communications Major in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of Asia and the Pacific. She worked as an account executive for a couple of ad agencies. She also managed a food franchise store. Her longest corporate stint was as a product manager for a known bank in the Philippines.

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