My mother is currently dealing with some odd symptoms. This has been going on for about 3 weeks, give or take a few days. We got back from a week in Cuba (we're Canadians) a little over a month ago.
Mom is 65 years old, 5'7", 98lbs, and tends toward anemia.
Lately, she's been hugely fatigued, spending most of her days in bed, sleeping. She is experiencing nausea and vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps, fever and fairly profuse intermittent sweating, headaches and bad muscle pains. She says her stomach feels like its overly-acidic and roiling around. Emotionally, she seems depressed, too. She often says the same thing more than once, and just doesn't seem like she's really 'with it'.
She hasn't even left the house for over a week. This makes me really nervous, since she's usually a rather active, type-A personality, and it is really against character. She barely gives her 2 dogs any attention at all, and they haven't been for a walk in a week and a half. I've been taking them out for pit stops.
The younger of the two dogs recently developed a case of intestinal parasites and both dogs are on meds to resolve that.
I am concerned that this could be either a viral/bacterial/parasitic infection that she picked up in Cuba, or a parasitic infection she got from the dog, since she allows it to lick her face and isn't as scrupulous as she should be about washing her hands after the dog has been mouthing them.
Can anyone help?