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First Steps to Adulthood: Mono

December 10, 2012

So I came back to Provo a couple days after Thanksgiving. I was actually pre-tty productive all by myself that Sunday. I walked to church, stayed for tithing settlement, walked home, took a nap, wrote letters, maybe ate something at some point? and even went to ward prayer. Monday was pretty rough, especially when I forced myself to go to Temple Square for FHE with my ward.. hindsight 20/20, don't do that, Erin. You are sick.

Also at some point early in the week I broke out in this super itchy, burning rash. Most of my sinus infection symptoms were disappearing but I still had a sore throat, so I decided to go back to the doctor. Actually I called the Health Center to asked about my rash and the nurse in Urgent Care instructed me to come in now.

I had a different doctor this time. He checked my ears and throat and lungs and everything, then told me to lie back so he could feel my spleen because he thought I had mono.

.  .  .  .  .

I'm halfway through lying back when he says the word and I stop, quite literally drop my jaw, bug out my eyes and ask, "really?" That word just scares me. Mono. I know there are a lot of different cases, some worse than others. I've just heard so many stories of it lasting for weeks and getting worse and making people depressed and I had finals to take and a birthday to celebrate and I just did not want to have mono.

Well my liver and spleen were fine, but he still sent me to have my blood tested. Of course the nurse had trouble finding my veins. Can anyone tell me if elevation shrinks your veins? It never used to be this bad in Illinois.

Anyway, turns out I had mono. 

The doctor said my rash most likely came as a result of taking amoxicillin while I had mono. So.. I had mono the first time I came in but they told me it was only a sinus infection and gave me an antibiotic that gave me this rash and actually did nothing to improve my health? I see.

Also, turns out there is no medicine for mono. I just needed lots of rest and fluids and any medicine that would help treat my symptoms. Luckily I was stocked up on ibuprofen and sudafed.

but mono is like the chicken pox - you can only get it once! .. right?

2 comments :

A and M said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I'm sorry you were so sick Erin! Laura had mono and strep at the same time...you two can swap stories at Christmas.
Thank goodness for a great sister to help take care of you!

LauraP said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh man I feel your pain!! I literally thought I might die when I had mono with strep. You technically only get mono once, but it will reoccur throughout your life especially when you are sick with something else. You will feel super tired. Hopefully you are on the mend :)

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