Jill Dillard is assuring her fans that she and her (very sick-looking) husband, Derick, are doing just fine down in the jungles of Central America…sort of.
The 19 Kids & Counting caused fans to worry last week when she posted an Instagram photo of Derick looking drastically different (and frankly unwell). Fans worried that Derick was sick, and over 500 people left comments on the photo about Derick’s health.
Although Jill didn’t directly address any of those comments, she did post a new blog post to her family’s website in which she assured everyone that neither she nor Derick are sick. The couple has been living in Central America with their son, Israel, for a year, in an area that has been hit heavily with the Zika virus.
“Health is something we don’t take for granted, especially on the mission field in another country in an environment we’re not used to,” Jill wrote. “Derick and I are generally very healthy people, but when you’re eating, drinking and living in a different place than the one you grew up in, it’s not uncommon to come down with the “traveler’s stuff” or other bacteria/viruses in the local jungle area.”
Jill stated that no one in her family has come down with Zika…at least, she doesn’t think so…
“No, we haven’t had Zika that we know of, but both of us have been laid out for a few days here and there, thankfully not both at the same time though,” Jill wrote. “Israel was sick last week with what we initially thought was a virus (may have been a 24hr. bug), only to find out that he had just cut 2 of his first 4 molars and the others look as though they’ll pop through any day now!”
While life in the jungle hasn’t been all pickles and denim skirts for Jill, she has been given a few luxuries. She wrote that she and Derick were given special privileges to celebrate their recent two-year wedding anniversary: a stay in a hotel room and hot showers!
“We celebrated our second wedding anniversary June 21st and were given a getaway gift to a hotel for a night,” she wrote. “It was a special time to relax and enjoy the pool, wifi and warm showers!”
Jill, Derick and Israel have more hot water in their future: Jill mentioned that they will soon be coming home to Arkansas, at least temporarily.
“We plan to return home for a little while,” she wrote. “It will have been over a year since we began working in Central America and about 10 months since we’ve been in the States. We are looking forward to being home with family (and Chick-fil-A) and plan to take some Bible classes and be involved in local ministry while we’re there.”
(Last, year, Derick and Jill were criticized for taking frequent trips back to the United States to attend family events and weddings.)
Unfortunately for curious fans, Jill did not reveal what has caused her husband’s looks to drastically change over the past 10 months. However, she and the rest of her siblings are filming the next season of Jill & Jessa: Counting On, so perhaps Derick’s health will be addressed on Season 2.