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I attempted to listen as my friend Antonio, a neighbor in the community where I lived and worked, explained my symptoms to the doctor in Spanish. He needed to get this right. I hardly had the energy to look at the doctor and explain my condition to him. With doctors and nurses hovering over me, the saline began to relieve my dehydration. Fatigue and medication combined to put me to sleep.

Hours later the doctor revealed I had Dengue, a life-threatening disease I contracted from a mosquito. This was my second stay at a Salvadoran hospital in less than a year since the beginning of my service.

Upon my return to my home community from the hospital, Antonio’s six–year-old daughter, Maiza, asked me if I was too sick to stay in El Salvador and would return to the United States. I was sick and uncomfortable. I decided to be honest…

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