It makes even posting memorable photos a pain in the butt... now, a week or so later having had confirmed that I am not suffering from malaria, I can rest assured it is nothing worse than a debilitating dose of grippe...
Some of the earlier fevers were particularly nasty and had been accompanied by weird, and some quite horrible, dreams. I thought I was delirious as I burned up with skin hot to the touch. Once, the disturbing sound of my telephone broke through my painful sleep only for me to be caught by a cold sales call from a charity whose complaints were falling upon my deaf ears. It was not their time.
I determined this year I should support some of those children in a part of Africa recently visited, where malaria is still a major threat and where small African children die needlessly.
Despite malnutrition, dirty water, HIV/AIDS, general disease and wars and other tribal and territorial strife, malaria succeeds in killing an African child every 45 seconds.
Yet, £3 will buy a new mosquito net impregnated with an insecticide that will give a child a fighting chance.
All I have to do really is to buy more than a few, and to maybe pass around that knowledge and ask others to try and do the same.
So, anyone passing here, if you like these photos of a beautiful, strong winged, majestic eagle and you have a mind to help, please send some money to a charity that helps provide mosquito nets for those underprivileged kids that might die without them.
You may not be a Christian, I'm not but they'll accept my money and so I'm sure they'll accept yours too...
African Fish Eagle on a small island in the Chobe river which separates the two beautiful countries of Botswana from Namibia.