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THE LAST KISS
Two weeks later.
It is morning. Curtis and Alicia are still in bed.
They returned from their honeymoon the previous night.
Curtis notices Alicia’s temperature is rising again.
She is sweating profusely even though the air condition is working perfectly.
Alicia’s temperature has been up and down the past weeks. She has not bothered so much about it since she was sure she was coming down with the flu and did not pay any attention to it.[stextbox id=”alert” caption=”WARNING”]Exlusive Content to aaron-ansah-agyeman.com Do not copy or share on any other site. Do not share on any WhatsApp, Facebook or Social Media page. ONLY SHARE THE LINKS TO THE STORY[/stextbox]
Curtis asks if she is feeling okay but Alicia does not answer. He shakes her to wake but she does not stare or move. He moves over to her side of the bed and looks down at her. She seems to be sleeping. He checks her pulse and is relieved to find one. He shakes her silly, Alicia is still unresponsive.
Curtis gets out of bed and pulls up his pants as he heads for the living room. He dashes to the living room in search of his phone. He needs to call someone. Lord, he needs help but could not think straight. He looks all over for the phone. He does not find it.
Filled with worry, he comes back to the bedroom.nd drowsy.
“My love, what’s wrong. Why are you screaming out my name like that?”
“You seem to have passed out or something. Are you sure you are okay?”
“Yes, I think. I heard your voice as if you were miles away. At first, I couldn’t make it out but it became clearer gradually.”
“Get dressed, my love. You need medical attention. I’m taking you to the hospital. You almost gave me a heart attack with that one.”
“I don’t want to go to any hospital. I feel a little tired but I will be fine.”
“No, sweetheart! Something is definitely wrong. You can’t go on like this. These dizzy spells coupled with high temperatures are getting way out of hand. You need a check-up. It will be better to be sure than sorry. Let me help you up. We are going to the hospital and that’s final.”
Curtis gets off the bed and throws open the wardrobe. He brings out clothes for Alicia and himself.
He helps her get into the clothes and gets dressed afterwards.
And then he carries Alicia to the car, strap her in a seat belt and hurries to the driver’s side.
The electronic gates open as soon as he starts the engine and he drives out in a hurry.
They arrive at the hospital a few minutes later.
The doctor is briefed on what’s been happening for the past weeks.
“Do you have any chronic illnesses?” Dr. Godfred Boakye asks.
“No.” Alicia answers.
“Do you have any specific allergies?”
“No.” Alicia responds.
He pens down some tests to be carried out and dispatches them to the lab.
Alicia hates hospitals.
The last time she was in one, she had been transfused because her blood level had dropped significantly. She hated the stress she got from looking for a vein and getting it blocked somewhere along the line. By the time they located another vein, her joints felt sore from all the pricks from the needle.
She vowed never to go to a hospital again. After that transfusion, she had not been herself. She’s had one funny reaction after the other.
She is sure all the excitement and fatigue about the wedding had gone to her head and nothing was really wrong with her.
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The place is filled with a mixture of scents from chemicals and people’s bodies.
Alicia feels like throwing up but she suppresses it. She hates hospitals but Curtis is right. It is about time she finds out what’s causing her dizzy spells and rising temperatures. She got so scared when she almost passed out during their dance at the reception. Curtis had managed it so well she was sure nobody noticed.
Curtis is so sweet with her and there is no way in hell she will ever say no to him anyway.
Alicia places her lab form in a marked box and looks around for a seat.
Curtis wraps his left hand around her tiny waist.
He looks at her reassuringly but she could see fear in his eyes. They find a spot and take it still holding hands.
After two hours, which seemed like forever to Alicia, the results were ready and they went back to see the doctor.
Dr. Boakye, looks at the results through his thick lenses with all seriousness.
Everything seem to be in order. He could not pin point the particular problem.
Alicia is not pregnant.
Her sugar levels are good.
Her blood pressure is normal.
And her cholesterol is perfect.
All her organs are in great shape and he could not comprehend why she was getting those symptoms.
He considers Alicia statement earlier about getting a rash two weeks to the wedding and wonders if those symptoms are related.
The rash is gone now so he has no way of verifying what it was.
Dr. Boakye is at his sixes now.
The pretty young lady sitting across him shows no signs of any unhealthy condition. She was clear on sickle cell, has no trace of a liver or a heart problem. He has one last test he had to request but he was reluctant. He checks some boxes on another lab request form and hands them over to Curtis.
Curtis shakes his head and looks at the doctor mystified.
“It’s the only test I didn’t ask for. There is no harm in finding out.” Dr. Boakye explained.
Curtis suddenly feels scared. He wonders if his silly escapades while growing up had led to Alicia’s suffering. He admits he was quite a playboy until he met Alicia. A lot of unanswered questions went through his head. He turns to look at Alicia who is anxiously waiting for him to say something.
Alicia pulls the request form from him when he says nothing and looks like he has just seen a ghost.
“What the …….?”
“It’s just a test, dear. So far, all the tests I requested came out okay. Since your symptoms are progressing, it would not be a bad idea to test for HIV/AIDS. It’s good you know your status anyway.”
I don’t think you two should fret over this, I just don’t want to leave any stone unturned. Kindly give your samples for the test and let’s see how it goes. There are a bunch of experts who would counsel you before the process. Wish you the best.” Dr. Boakye added and picked up his stethoscope.
“There’s a patient I need to see urgently. Hope to see you soon.”
Curtis and Alicia walk into the lab with the request forms. They place them in the box and wait.
“Mr. and Mrs. Owusu-Mensah.” Lab Technician, Obaa Yaa Kontoh, wearing a long white coat called out.
Curtis gets to his feet and pulls Alicia up gently.
“Please come with me,” Obaa Yaa says and rounds a corner.
They follow her into the Clinical Psychologist’s Office.
The Psychologist, Dr. SGM takes them through a counselling session explaining into detail what they would do, what the test will take and when it would be ready.
Dr. Sam takes them through the basics of HIV/AIDS and emphasized the fact that early detection of HIV can help delay the progression to AIDS.
“I know most people are not comfortable when they are diagnosed HIV positive. They tend to think that their world has come to an end and what’s left of it is impending doom. Maybe it’s because we the health experts have failed in educating people on the disease.
Being diagnosed HIV positive is just like finding out you are hypertensive or diabetic. All you need is proper management and control and you will lead a normal healthy life. This test you have been asked to take will come out either positive or negative. Whatever happens life must go on as planned. You can be whatever you want to be with or without HIV.”
The requisite sample are taken and the two are asked to see the doctor in two weeks for the results.
Alicia and Curtis leave the hospital in a gloomy mood.
The ride home did not offer much as Curtis and Alicia were engrossed in their own thoughts.
Curtis, who is usually a sweet chatter box is quiet.
Sensing the tension around he tries to break the silence.
“Honey, are you feeling okay?”
“I’m scared, Curtis. What if I’m HIV positive? What’s going to happen? What will we do?” Alicia replies tearfully.
“Oh, sweetheart, I think you are getting ahead of yourself. Let’s wait it out. We will cross that bridge when we get to it. Don’t stress yourself over this. We are still honeymooning, you know. There are still things I want to do to your body.”
“If it happens that I’m HIV positive I don’t expect you to stay with me. You are too young to be saddled with something like that. I want you to find someone else and move on.”
“Hey, what’s that about? Are you saying you will leave me if I turn out HIV positive? Did you ever love me?” Curtis responds very hurt.
“Of course, I do. I’m offering you that out of love. I love you that much, Curtis. I don’t want you to go through the pain of watching me die. Please, promise me you will do that for me.” she adds.
“I will do no such thing. When I stood in church and vowed before God and men to love and hold, for better or worse, I meant every single word of it. Look, let’s not get into an argument over this. Two weeks will definitely come then we can discuss it further if there is anything to be talked about. Relax for me, okay. Nothing bad is going to happen to you not if I can do something about it.”
Curtis reaches out and touches her cheeks with a smile.
Alicia smiles back warily.