Over the past three and half weeks, I’ve felt like a patient on the t.v series, Medical Mystery. My illness started with a sore throat, a runny nose, and a lack of energy. So I did what everybody does. I put on my nurse’s hat and diagnosed myself with strep throat. To confirm my diagnoses, I went to see the doctor.
To my surprise, I had an upper respiratory infection instead. The doctor gave me two shots and sent my home with an additional prescription of antibiotics.
After a week or so, I should have been getting better. Instead, I grew worse. My body longed for sleep day and night. Normal everyday tasks such as running errands or doing the laundry exhausted me. Plus, the glands in my throat and under my arms became swollen and tender. I returned to the doctor.
This time I was diagnosed with Mono and put on six weeks of bed rest. What? As a mom with two teenagers, a husband, a dog and a ministry, I’m not sure I knew what “bed-rest” looked like. Not to mention that Mono is usually a childhood disease–isn’t it?? At least I was a child the last time I had Mono. Which raised another question in my mind, “Can you get Mono more than once?”
My childhood doctor told me that Mono’s stays in the system. While it can reoccur, the symptoms would be mild. Well, my symptoms were not mild. In fact, new symptoms developed over the weekend. My muscles began to ache. Yesterday, I went to see an Internist.
I learned that a person can get Mono more than once in a life time. That’s not all. There are other viruses and diseases that mimic Mono as well. While this doctor agreed that my symptoms pointed to Mono, she decided to test me for other possibilities as well. It will take a week before the results are in.
As I wait and rest, I can’t help but wonder… is it Mono or a Medical Mystery???