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So I got a phone call from my doctor this morning. Apparently my test for one of the strains of epstein-barr virus came back "extremely high" so my doctor's pretty certain that what I had (have?) is mono. Whee. My liver enzymes were also out of whack when they ran the metabolic panel on me, which is also apparently in line with a diagnosis of mono; I'm supposed to go in today for another blood draw to make sure they're looking better. She's also fairly sure that the hives are connected to it, since people can just randomly get hives from having a viral infection. I guess I'm "allergic" to mono. Which in my book is definitely better than having spontaneously become allergic to my cats or something.

As I'm almost hive-free and I went for a slightly less than two mile run yesterday, I'm thinking I've pretty much recovered. I'm still getting the occasional headache, but I don't seem to have the lingering fatigue issue that seems pretty common with mono.

My real worry is that I've managed to give this utterly miserable illness to someone else. I may feel better now, but I know the first week I felt completely awful. And I really have no idea how I felt the second week, because I was on a constant stream of benadryl and could barely tie my own shoelaces. (Fun fact I found while doing some research on mono: prednisone often gets prescribed to help with the symptoms anyway, so I guess that worked out.) Even better, since the incubation period for epstein-barr is 4-7 weeks, if I did manage to infect anyone, there's a good chance they'll be getting sick in time for my wedding. Yay.

And even better? Apparently you can transmit EBV to other people up to EIGHTEEN FREAKING MONTHS after you're done being actively sick. So I'm thinking Mike's pretty much screwed any way you slice it unless he's one of those lucky people who had it as a little kid. I also still have no idea how I managed to get mono, since it's not like I've been drinking out of any strange toilets, so to speak. Then again, I guess that goes to show how easy is probably is to pass around.

So if I've given you mono, I'm sorry in advance. I guess I'd better not share any drinks or desserts with anyone for a while. Argh.


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Apr. 26th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
Aww, man...

Honestly, without knowing what it's like over there right now, I blame the stress of the wedding?

No fun, at all. Hope the big day corresponds with a window of health and minimal symptoms for all involved.

Also, wooo, Colorado in a bit. *bounce*
Apr. 27th, 2010 12:13 am (UTC)
Ha, I'm actually not feeling stressed at all, which I guess is kind of weird. ^^ I'm looking forward to seeing you soon! :D
Apr. 26th, 2010 07:05 pm (UTC)
Phew, that must be a relief to have a name for what happened, and to know it's not likely to recur. When I had mono, I didn't have any fatigue either - just huge swollen lymph nodes, and the sorest throat I've ever had in my life (seriously, just sitting around made me cry from the pain), for about 2 days.

I wouldn't worry too horribly much about passing it on, although obviously not sharing drinks is a good idea. As is keeping an eye on Mike.. My boyfriend-at-the-time made it through without catching it, although I half suspect that's because he gave it to me in the first place >.>
Apr. 27th, 2010 12:14 am (UTC)
That's definitely a possibility. Though the other thing I read while looking around for information is that only 35-50% of epstein-barr infections result in mono. The rest are basically asymptomatic, so that's a lot of wiggle-room to dodge the bullet.
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