Chapter 550: Xia Ruya Gets the Runs
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Although Xia Ruya’s cold was just getting better, it took a turn for the worse again. Not only did she develop a fever, but she also began coughing violently too. In the middle of the night, her fever finally dissipated and so did her headache. However, she got diarrhea soon after, causing her to become weak and dehydrated. By the time the doctor arrived, Xia Ruya had already turned as pale as a ghost. Her veins were also visible on her haggard face.
Xia Ruya lied down in bed with her long locks draped across the pillow messily. Some of her baby hairs had also stuck onto her face due to her sweat. The glow in her watery eyes seemed to have vanished, causing them to become dull and lifeless. Her beautiful, pink lips had now become dry and pale. She trembled continuously, too weak to even speak.
Feeling sorry for her, Old Mrs. Wen looked at her and said, “Poor child, your cold was just getting better and yet… Look how pale you are now. My heart aches just seeing you like this.”
Xia Ruya forced a smile and said, “Grandma, don’t worry. I’ve already gotten much better.”
She did not expect to have fallen so ill again just after drinking some cold water from the tap. She had even gotten diarrhea too.
At the thought of it, her resentment grew deeper and her veins began to bulge because of how hard she tried to suppress her emotions, making her look strangely spooky.
At this moment, the doctor had already conducted a physical examination on Xia Ruya. Old Mrs. Wen asked concernedly, “Doctor, how’s Ruya? Why did she suddenly get the runs? They’re terrible too. Does she have to be admitted to the hospital?”
The doctor answered, “Miss Ruya has probably just eaten some contaminated food which caused her to get diarrhea. I’ve already put her on the drip and her condition has stabilized for now. She doesn’t have to go to the hospital.”
Old Mrs. Wen nodded.
The doctor then prescribed some medicine and said, “Here is some medicine for her upset stomach. She’ll have to take two pills every morning and every evening. For the next few days, you can only eat plain porridge and bland foods. Try to break your meals down into smaller ones and eat at frequent intervals. Drink more water…”
Xia Ruya answered, “Thank you, Doctor Wu! I’m sorry to trouble you lately.”
The doctor smile courteously and left.
As soon as the doctor left, Old Mrs. Wen looked at Xia Ruya and asked, “Ruya, what did you eat that caused you to get such severe diarrhea?”
Xia Ruya stared at her confusedly and shook her head feebly. Appearing as pale as a sheet, she answered, “Grandma… I don’t know either. I don’t remember eating anything unusual.”
Old Mrs. Wen said with a frown, “Could it be the food prepared by the kitchen?”
At this moment, a sluggish voice answered, “I don’t think so. If that’s the case, why are we all fine while Miss Xia is the only one who got the runs?”
Xia Ruya had been seriously ill lately and Wen Xinya decided to come and take a look, for fear that Xia Ruya would get up to some tricks.
Although Old Mrs. Wen disliked Wen Xinya, she found her words to have made sense. “Think about it carefully, what else did you eat?”
Instead of paying attention to what Old Mrs. Wen said, she kept her eyes fixed on Wen Xinya who was smirking at her with raised brows in a gloating manner.
Wen Xinya had a natural blush on her face which could not be achieved with rouge. Her eyes were lifted and she looked cold and terrifying. Her rosy lips were slightly parted and she seemed to be mocking Xia Ruya in a formidable manner. She was clad in a pure white silk dress that had hems that spread out like flowers, making her legs look long and slender. She exuded an irresistible alluring charm.
Although she was dressed simply, her charm was not at all dulled.
Xia Ruya instinctively touched her face, only to find that her haggardness could not be concealed. Although her skin was still smooth and silky, she looked just like a withered flower.
It was as if she had been paling in comparison to the high and mighty Wen Xinya, ever since she moved into the Wen Family.
She could not put her discomfort into words.
Wen Xinya walked into Xia Ruya’s room slowly and said, “The spleen and stomach tend to get weaker during spring and it’s easy for there to be discomfort and ailments in one’s body. Miss Xia’s spleen and stomach are probably too weak. I have a few herbal recipes that can aid in nourishing the stomach and spleen. I’ll give you a few copies later. You’ll feel better after taking them.”
Knowing that Wen Xinya possessed effective herbal recipes, Old Mrs. Wen glanced at her coldly and said, “How thoughtful of you.”
However, Xia Ruya’s pupils constricted, at a loss for words. Although she wanted to turn her suggestion down, there was nothing she could say. She felt extremely ill at ease and thought to herself,
She was suddenly reminded of the words that Wen Xinya had said to her yesterday: “You’re just projecting your shortcomings on others, Xia Ruya.”
She turned extremely pale. Although she hated to admit it, she was well aware that Wen Xinya was intelligent and would not resort to tampering with the herbal recipes.
Wen Xinya looked at Xia Ruya and said, “But… herbal soups are too bitter and we don’t know…”
Xia Ruya turned even paler. The bitterness of Traditional Chinese Medicine herbal soups was extremely unbearable.
However, Old Mrs. Wen ignored her and said, “The medicine may be bitter, but it’s good for you. Your health is the most important. I’ll get Mother Wang to brew some herbal soups for you.”
Unable to air her woes, Xia Ruya had no choice but to agree with a nod. “Thank you, Grandma! Grandma… you’ve spent the entire night with me. Hurry and get some rest! I’ve already recovered and the servants are here to take care of me. Everything will be alright.”
Just as Old Mrs. Wen wanted to say that she would like to accompany her for a little while longer, she was overwhelmed with a sudden wave of sleepiness and stifled with a yawn. “In that case, I’ll go back to get some rest. Get the servant to call me if anything happens. I’m getting on in my years… I get tired easily.”
After Old Mrs. Wen left, Wen Xinya stared at Xia Ruya with raised brows and turned around to leave as well.