"Jaundice" is one of those great words, that the average Twenty-First Century American doesn't get much chance to use. It comes from the French word for yellow, and describes the astonishing change in skin and eye color that results from increased bile levels in the blood, due to liver disease, as well as the (incorrect) idea that a person with jaundiced eyes would see everything through a distorting haze of yellow.
Apparently, jaundice manifests top-to-bottom, starting at the head and ending with the feet. And it clears up in reverse order. How odd. Years ago, when we lived in Dallas, Robb's physician noticed that the skin on the bottoms of his feet were a bit yellow. Robb didn't have jaundice. He had access to loads of cheap tasty mangoes, which are rich in beta-carotene, and really can turn your skin yellow. I had a college room mate who tried to do this on purpose by eating huge amounts of carrots. Ah....those crazy art school days....
adj 1: (archaic) showing or experiencing a state of disordered
feeling or distorted judgment as through bitterness or
melancholy; "all looks yellow to the jaundiced
eye"-Alexander Pope [syn: yellow]
2: affected by jaundice which causes yellowing of skin etc
3: showing or affected by prejudice or envy or distaste;
"looked with a jaundiced eye on the growth of
regimentation"; "takes a jaundiced view of societies and
Luckily, I have not (yet) been stricken with jaundice. I do feel really dreadful, due to the symptoms of Hepatitis A, but all things considered, I'm doing pretty well.
My general good health surely has a lot to do with this. I'm physically active, slim, and I eat a generally low-fat vegetarian diet. I hardly drink at all, and I don't use recreational drugs. I don't eat fast food, and thanks to the organic veggies that get delivered to our door every week, I eat a wonderfully varied diet of fresh produce.
I'm also lucky to live in a part of the country with a great public health system. My new best friend is my contact at the department of health. I'm a bit of a mystery, because nobody can figure out when I initially developed symptom of Hepatitis A. The first week I was working with the oiled birds, I was suffering from terrible nausea, which at the time I attributed to car sickness (something I've never had). This pre-dated avian contact, and besides, Hepatitis A isn't transmitted through animal contact. I was spry and healthy until last week, when I started to feel nauseous all the time.
So, either I'm suffering from an on-again-off-again version of the virus, or the week of nausea in November was a fluke, and I'm just starting to get the virus, which means that I could be in for a lot more symptoms.
The onset date is important, because I'm most contagious during the first two weeks that I manifest symptoms. If I'm still in that period, Robb should get an emergency immunization, but if that time has past, it is too late. We're waiting to hear from Robb's doctor, because all the drugs he takes already put a lot of stress on his liver.
I'm coming to realize that I may need to cut back on my working hours, because being stubborn and "pushing through" my symptoms is really stupid. I hope I can work half days until I feel better.