Glad you made a full recovery and I do know Rod is reading the thread so it may provide him with some comfort.Per my post #5, speaking from personal experience, I can tell you it is very unpleasant. Regarding the kidneys, I had a retrograde pyelogram under general anaesthetic to examine my kidneys; fortunately they weren’t damaged. I remember feeling very energized physically and mentally once the bilharzia was cured, and there’ve been no ongoing issues in the 60 years since. The only thing I can’t do is donate blood, but that’s probably more to do with my having had malaria; mind you, as soon as I mentioned I’d had two tropical parasitic diseases they showed me the door.
Malaria is a nasty one too. My grandad contracted that on the Northern Front India during the period between WW1 and 2. He would have it flare up from time to time.