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7. Bad News, Good News
Benjamin was sick. He didn't know how he
sick. He was feverish and tired. He had
appetite. His stomach hurt more often than not.
first he shrugged off the symptoms, figuring he
picked up a bug that would go away
a week or so. But it didn't. It
. After three weeks, he dragged himself to Dr.
The doctor did a few tests. Then he
Benjamin if he had gone camping and drunk
stream water. Benjamin said he hadn't been camping
he had played soldier in the army.
if Benjamin had eaten at any fast food
in the past month, or eaten from one
the many lunch trucks in the Los Angeles
. Benjamin said that he ate fast food or
truck food every day at noon.
source of your illness. You have hepatitis A,
you most likely got it from a food
who didn't wash his hands thoroughly after using
bathroom. It happens a lot.” “Holy cow! I'm
going to die, am I?”
The doctor told
not to worry. A viral infection that attacks
liver, hepatitis A kills only about 100 people
in the US. He told Benjamin to see
every two weeks, and to be prepared to
up to three months off from work so
he could rest, rest, rest. There is no
for hepatitis A. You survive, or you don’t.
there is one good thing about hepatitis A,”
. Barkley said. “Once you get it, you’re immune
it for the rest of your life.”