PETALING JAYA: Mixed doubles shuttler Shevon Lai Jemie went to lie down two days after Hari Raya – and woke up to a nightmare.
She had high fever, her body ached and she feared she had come down with Covid-19.
“It was bad and I went to see the doctor because, in the midst of Covid-19 pandemic, I could take no chances.
It was not Covid-19. The doctor told her she had dengue, which was actually very little consolation.
“Dengue fever is just as deadly and I’m relieved to overcome it. It attacked my liver too. My liver is still slightly inflamed until now.”
The dengue may also have delayed her return to the national team training.
The 26-year-old is slated to report at the Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABM) on June 15, two weeks after the Road To Tokyo (RTT) athletes resumed their preparations for the Tokyo Olympics.
But, although she is keen to return to court after going nearly three months without badminton, Shevon said she could delay her return to allow her body heal fully.
Talking about her illness, Shevon said she had feared coming down with the deadly Covid-19 virus.
“It (fever) came very suddenly (on May 26). I was totally fine until when I woke up from a short nap in the evening.
“My body started to ache like crazy and I had continuous fever. In the beginning, I was really worried and scared (about contracting Covid-19). I asked the doctor if I needed to do a Covid-19 screening but the doctor didn’t seem too concerned.
Shevon was instead diagnosed with dengue and hospitalised on May 28. She was discharged three days ago.
“I’m feeling normal right now, but it’s going to take a while for my body to recover, ” said Shevon, who is ranked world No. 12 with partner Goh Soon Huat.
“I’m not sure if I’ll be able to rejoin the training as scheduled. The dengue was quite a setback as I was so looking forward to returning to training.
Shevon and Soon Huat are still in the running for next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo from July 23-Aug 8.
Ranked 11th in the Road to Tokyo list, the pair are in a three-way battle with 2016 Rio Olympics silver medallists Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (seventh) and Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing (13th) for the right to represent the country.
A country can have a maximum of two pairs if both are in the top eight when the extended qualifying period ends on May 2 next year.