My Medical Scare Kept Me From Buju

By Rogan Smith |
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I have been gone for a minute, but I’m back.

So, in the past four days I’ve been missing in action and that’s mostly because I’ve been through a lot.

First of all, remember how hyped I was to attend the Buju Banton concert? Guess what? I didn’t even make it. (Insert scream).

I was all ready to go see my boy Gargamel on the stage – by the way, he killed it – but my body had other plans.

Earlier that day I went to the doctor and ended up taking six vaccinations back to back. I’m getting some immigration documents sorted out, so I needed the vaccines. I also had to do some blood work. When I left, I felt some pain, but that was mostly due to the soreness at the injection site. By the time I got home, my body started getting weaker and I had a massive headache. By midnight, I felt like death warmed over.

Everything Was Out Of Whack

I literally slept in bed for two days straight. I got up twice during this time to use the bathroom, which I had to force myself to do. I did not eat and could not even drink.

My body was in absolute pain and the left side of my body felt paralysed. The best way I can describe the pain was I felt like I got hit by a Mack truck powered by a spaceship.

I lost 10 pounds and my appetite has still not returned to the way it was.

I ended up with a horrible rash that on my left arm that was and still is swollen, painful and extremely tender to the touch.

I don’t think my body has ever been so traumatised.

The Doctor Says It’s Normal

Apparently, everything I went through is normal, considering all of the vaccines I took, but damn! I really wasn’t prepared for that. Because I had been lying down for so long, it felt weird to sit up and my eyes kept getting blurry. I stumbled a few times.

When I finally felt confident enough to drive, I went back to the doctor and got some anti-inflammatory medication and some topical ointment for this horrible rash.

You know what also hurts? I keep seeing footage from everyone posting about the concert. It looked like so much fun. I can’t believe I missed it. I don’t know when I would even get the chance to see Buju again. But, hey, that’s life. As long as my people enjoyed this reggae legend, I’m good.

So, while I’m feeling better than I was a few days ago, I’m still in recovery mode.

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