Steve wasn’t here and before I even got down to South Carolina, I knew I had malaria. So I said to Dawn, “Do you have enough Fansidar?” She had been out to visit us and she had the Fansidar, so I took the appropriate dose and so I felt better, but it didn’t go away.
It seemed like I went through this period of time where every few weeks I’d wake up on the weekend and just have this low-grade fever and feel awful and then it would go away. This went on and on. We finally went out to visit your mother [Lee], Eric, in Arizona and while we were out there, I got sick again. She got me into the clinic there.
[Steve]: Was it Arizona?
[Dawn]: It wasn’t in Arizona; it was in Texas.
[Steve]: It was in Duncanville.
[Eric]: She worked in both places.
[Dawn]: That’s where she was.
I thought she was in Arizona.
[Dawn]: You’ve visited her there since then.
She was in Duncanville?
[Dawn]: But you were in Duncanville, at that time.
Well, whatever. Anyway, they did a test and found that I had the other strain that just lies low in your liver and then comes to life again. I’d been, for months, carrying this thing around and finally got the proper medication. Once I took that, that was the end of it.
[Dawn]: She had to go to Wycliffe to get it.
[Steve]: Reoccurring malaria that was serious. You have had it?
[Gail, etc.]: Dad.
[Eric]: I don’t think any of us siblings had malaria more than once or twice.
[Steve]: Well, that was a different strain and that strain has a tendency to reoccur. The strain that the kids had—we all had, have had it.
We all had it.
[Steve]: That is called falciparum. That can kill you, black water fever and all.
It’s the most deadly.
[Steve]: But once you treat it, it’s done. Until the next time you get infected with it.
[Gail]: From a different mosquito?
[Steve]: With a different mosquito.
[Stephanie]: Before Kim and I left for school, though, Kim was getting sick every couple of weeks. I remember. She was so anemic.
story told by Marcia (Steve’s wife) to the family reunion gathering on January 10, 2014 with interjections from Dawn and Stephanie (Steve’s daughters) and Eric and Gail (Lee’s children); transcribed by Dawn Duncan Harrell (Steve’s daughter)
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- Where did Lee work in Arizona? Was there an SIL clinic there, too?
- Besides testing blood and providing the requisite meds, what else was the Wycliffe clinic in Duncanville equipped to do?
- What’s the name of the reoccurring kind of malaria?
- What kind of malaria did Will have?
- Did Lee and her clan take anti-malaria prophylactics?
- Who else has had malaria or taken meds to prevent it? Raise your hands.