Thank you everyone for your kind wishes, prayers and concern while I've been ill (yet again!) with malaria. By the time this post is aired, I should be feeling well again. To answer some questions you've asked:
As a rule, we don't take prophylactics - disease preventitive drugs - while living in a high-risk malaria area for an extended period of time. The side-effects of taking these drugs on a regular basis are very unpleasant. I'm not sure why I have had malaria three times in the past four months, but hope I've built up a resistence to the disease by this. When I first arrived in West Africa, I had malaria three times in six months and for the remainder of the three years I lived in Guinea, I never, ever had it again.
I take all the precautions I can: I avoid being outdoors early in the morning and just before sunset when the mosquitoes are at their worst. I apply anti-mosquito lotion to my arms and legs every day. We have gauze screens on our windows and Grant has had screen doors fitted to the three external doors, which keeps the insects and dreaded mosquitoes out.
Till later, bless you all and have a wonderful weekend.