Thursday, May 14, 2009

Papaya Leaf Juice

Hello everyone!

Thanks so much for all your caring comments in the previous post. It meant more to me than you guys think... the fact that you guys actually care and how some of you even went as far as to suggest remedies and things to do. Thank you so much. You guys made me feel better about eating porridge and macaroni soup for days... or for like missing a party that had these angels in them.
I've been feeling better today. My fever has stopped and my rashes have begun to subside. It doesn't itch anymore but it still feels damn bloody good when I scratch so once in a while I let loose and scratch myself like a monkey. 

My recent blood test showed that my platelet count was increasing so the Doctor says that indicates that I'm on the road to recovery. He told me that I should stay at home and rest though until at least next week. That's good news considering just a few days ago the Doctor was considering admitting me into a hospital.

I don't know how I took a sudden turn for the improvement but I think it may have had to do with some very very bitter chinese medicine that Princess' mum made for me. It was this black soup-like thing made out of some herbs but that was nothing compared to something else I had in the past few days.

Apparently Princess' mum knew of a remedy that would increase a person's platelet count during a case of dengue. The remedy lies in this.

Not not the tree, not the fruit... but the leaf.

Princess' Dad basically went out around her neighbourhood one day to pluck some papaya tree leaves from someone else's house. (If you live in Subang and your papaya tree is missing some leaves, please just know that they were for a good cause).

Once he brought it back, Princess' mum washed the leaf, then took it apart and then mashed it up until all was left were little green leaf bits. Then she took those leaves out and squeezed it and out came this little dark green liquid. She put it in a bowl and asked me to drink it up.

It smelled quite fragrant. Really had the smell of just papaya but it looked a little icky when you thought about where it came from. Nevertheless I held my breath and just swallowed the whole thing.

The very same second I felt the green liquid run through my mouth into my throat I realized I had made a mistake. I should've mixed it with something... I don't know what.. root beer or something but SOMETHING. It tasted extremely bitter but I think Hsin Ee put it best.

"It's not just that it's bitter... it's like your tongue takes a trip to hell and back".

Even after a full minute has passed after I downed it, the bitter taste of the papaya leaf juice remained in my mouth. Princess' mum who always had a solution for something came up with a great idea. She took out a packet of those multi-coloured sugar coated sweets and told me to take one.

My mouth felt soooo much better after that.

Was it worth it? Well.... I think it's all these little things that Princess' parents did for me that helped me get better a lot quicker. So thank you Uncle and Aunty....

And thank you Princess, for taking care of me these few days. She was so cute.

When Princess and I first got together she said to me
"I don't know if I'll be good at taking care of you... but I want to and I'll try".

She took care of me really really well.

Now that I'm getting better... I need to celebrate by eating some proper food. Seriously.. days and days of this...

What I need is a good old pot of Klang Bak Kut Teh right now!

My only worry is that I'm still feeling a little weak and lethargic. I worry I might fall asleep on the way to Klang and wake up only to find out that I missed lunch!

29 comments:

pamsong said...

Feels nice being taken care of, no? =)

Beverly said...

good to hear that you're getting better. TLC is the best remedy! =)

Boss Stewie said...

pamsong: yeah it feels really nice :)

beverly: hahha yeah it is.. thank you beverly :)

anne_jo520 said...

I am so so so glad that you're recovering now. I think the best remedy is PRINCESS innit? =P

Anyway, take care and get well (completely) soon =)

- m i c h e l l e - said...

Thank goodness u're feeling better now! :D It must be the papaya juice! LOL! The papaya story aud wrote was hilarious. Her parents are as cute as she is!

Oh Boss Stewie, I dropped u an email! :D

KY said...

but BKT will make you strong! make it happen!

PinkPaperPlane said...

Hey glad you're feeling better. Will take you a while to get back to 100% though. Take it easy.

Butter De Pei said...

Heya, glad you are feeling better, on the road of recovery.
take care =)

Cindy Khor said...

hope that you could recover asap and was glad that aud was making quite a good nurse there.

JD said...

Stick with the mac and soup and porridge first lar....next week only go BKT.

yapthomas said...

Ahhh.. the papaya leaf juice definitely works! Best ever remedy!

Our Version said...

All better now. *pats head* Papaya juice isn't all THAT bad... at least I don't think so. *blinks* Is it? It can't be bitter then bile?

Boss Stewie said...

anne: hahaha yes that is the best remedy :)

michelle: hahaha thank you.. yes her parents are great. will check my email when i'm really well

ky: hahha yes! i agree! a bak kut teh session is in order!

pink: yeah that's what the doctor told me too... might be feeling week for a couple of weeks or so

butter: thank you butter :)

cindy: hahaha yes she was a great nurse

jd: but but... but.....

yap: so you've had it too?

our version: hahahaha it's bad... have you tried it?

Chu King Cheang said...

Glad to see you getting back to full strength dude. Take care ! :).

Our Version said...

Seen it once, never actually tried it.... Don't think I ever WANT to try it, after your description. :p

yapthomas said...

yeah! i had it when i had denggi last year!!

elle said...

Hey Tim glad to hear you've fully recovered :) I hope you will still go ahead with your Phuket trip with aud! You both deserve a real nice no-work-all-play weekend!

And i hope you managed to settle something with air asia >.<

Ray said...

glad to hear you're recovering! like the Chinese saying : "bitter medicine works best", seems like it's true!
but really funny leh, princess' dad go around the neighbourhood to pluck the leaf, I just wondering what excuse he used when people asked him what he's doing~

Christine said...

Hi Tim, Glad to hear that your finally recovering.. Stay with porridge first lah.. once u are fully recovered, u can have whatever food you want to eat.. =) Glad you have such a great gf to take care of u.. lol

kevinpnp said...

Yeah Bak Kut Teh will make you feel better with all those Panadols in it. Hehe...

It was actually me who told Boss Lepton that. We used to be flatmates and he's one of my guinea pigs. ;D

Melanie said...

glad to hear you're recovering! =D

[fong88] said...

suffer with ur porridge 1st b4 u go for ur bak kut teh..else i dunno what gonna happened if u go for it n=P

Fumoffu said...

Ahhh~ You reminded me of that as well! Papaya leaf juice!! T_T My grandma made that for me and forced me to drink it.

Binn said...

papaya leaf???? i saw my friend drinking last year during spm when he go dengue... and gosh it look like it sucks the sh*t out of you~~~

anyway glad to see u up and rollling, just take it step by step lar

nyak nyak

Jia Hui said...

Hope you recover soon! :)

celina said...

hehe!! claps for princess in being such a wonderful nurse =p

Jiayi said...

awwww the papaya leaf juice really taste like hell =( My parents even forced me to drink small bittergourd juice. HELL T_T

Strangely I drank both of these juices for few days, my platelet actually drop. Once I stop drinking, my platelet went up and I recover the next day =___=" weird.

Glad to hear you are recovering! =)

Jwxwei said...

glad to hear that you're getting better!! ^^

Admin said...

glad to hear that you are feeling better now. just got to know that papaya leaf juice can cure dengue. i was being told last time that watermelon juice is good at curing dengue too.