The Sleeping Giant

Headache, fever, and vomiting — a simple viral infection, right?

By Tony Dajer|Tuesday, May 1, 2001
"No eating," the young woman said, pointing to her friend on the hospital bed. "For a week." "British?" I asked. "Russian," she replied, trilling the r like a commissar. The patient was lying down, facing the wall. "Nausea and vomiting the last two weeks," read the nurse's note. "Also headache and fever. Is feeling better today." Her temperature was normal. Hello, Olga," I said, gently shaking her shoulder. "May I examine you?" No response. Her friend whispered in her ear. Olga slowly s...

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