Friday, October 17, 2008

And I have a diagnosis. . .

Thank you to my faithful Mommy Meryl readers who are keeping up with my bits and pieces. . .so just to keep you updated, I woke up in the middle of the night on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning with the most scary and bizarre pain all over. I mean it hurt to readjust my pillow. It hurt to roll over. My hands were so swollen and tight I could barely grasp onto anything. I decided to ignore it - sure I was sleeping funy and that it would go away. Well, sleep wouldn't come and the pain wouldn't go away, so I decided to do what every rational person does at 3 am when they can't sleep - google my symptoms. Hopefully you are smarter than that, because all that did was cause me to panic. Each diagnosis I read that I could have was none-too-pretty.

But did I make a doctor appoint on Wednesday? No - I was sure if I popped enough advil it would go away. It didn't. Finally, when Allie was at Brownies and my hubby & I were having dinner and he was looking at my funny because I was having problems opening a bottle of soda and holding my plate, I tell him that I am freaked out because since 3 am my body has been in extreme pain and its hard for me to do anything. After he realizes he is going to get nowhere by repeating a million times why didn't I go to the doctor earlier, he sees I'm truly scared and convinces me to make an appt first thing in the morning.

So, my next night of sleep is really no better than the first - my legs, feet, knees, shoulders, wrists, forearms, hands, fingers are sooooooo sore. Its was like that muscle pain you feel after a really intense workout - but I had no workout.

So, I head into the doctor's office first thing in the morning. . .my blood pressure was sky high as I was envisioning all the potentially awful diagnosisis I might have. . .well, to make a long story short, thankfully I don't have an awful diagnosis. I just have a virus that I should have gotten a long time ago (like 15 - 20 years ago) if I was going to get it - yes, I have the kissing disease, mono! Can you believe it??? At almost 40 years old I have the virus that is a right of passage as a teenager - except it skipped me then and decided to visit me now!

At least I have an explaination of why I have been so tired for the past 10 days or so!!

Anyways, my fever at least seems to be gone and the exhuastion I can deal with - its the body pain that is truly not pleasant. And advil is helping only so much.

In any event, I am hoping to lick this shortly and be back to blogging on a more regular basis sooner rather than later. . .but in the meantime, if I do have enough energy to stay awake, I'm at work or busy with Allie. . .

And by the way, no need to treat me like I have the plague. . .I'm only contagious thru getting my saliva - so I promise not to kiss you or share your food and drink till I'm better. . .

Which leads me to my apologies to a wonderful author, Lee Doyle. I had agreed to review her debut novel called, The Love We All Wait For. I am loving it so far, but I'm finding I have been so exhausted it has been hard to stay up reading (there is nothing more I love than curling up before going to sleep under the sheets with a wonderful book) and I have not finished it as quickly as I had anticipated.

But, if you happen to live in the Phoenix area, she is going to be in town for a reading and signing of her book at Changing Hands Bookstore Tempe, AZ Saturday October 18, 2008 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm - if you can go, I encourage you to do so!

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10 comments:

Lis Garrett said...

Mono . . . .

I had mono when I was a junior in HS. I thought I was just tired from working and going to school and studying all hours! But then I became horribly ill and dehydrated over Christmas break. It was NO fun.

Glad to hear you know what you have, althought I think you are INSANE for not having gone to the doctor sooner - tsk tsk!! But I'm a worry-wart - I probably would have driven myself to the ER at 3AM. LOL!

1-2-3...Get Organized said...

How terrible! I am so sorry for you! Take good care of yourself, and I hope you feel better soon! - Bev

Kelly D said...

I didn't have mono as a kid either. How in the heck did you catch it? One of the things that fascinates me about illnesses is how the heck we catch them and from whom! Whenever I get a cold, I wonder what I touched and who shared their germs in the first place.

- Marybeth I. said...

Who has Mommy Meryl been kissing?????



Just kidding and trying to cheer you up!

I hope you feel better soon! Hugs (but no kisses...) Stay healthy :)

Penny Ryder said...

Sorry to hear that you're unwell. At least it ended up being a fairly easy fix. I think I would have been freaking out too.

Anonymous said...

Meryl, I'm so sorry about the mono. I had it at 19. I recovered within 2 weeks, replapsed with a fever 2 weeks later and better after 3 days of that. I don't think I had the bodyaches but I did have the really bad sore throat and the swelling... As for getting diseases later in life - I didn't get chicken pox until 34 (not sure how I got it since David got immunized but things make their way around), and I had my tonsils out at 36 (got strep 5 times in one year - never had it once until 17 and then on and off every few years). I guess look on the bright side - it just means part of you is still a kid! :-) Lisa

Kristina said...

I hope you feel better! When I had mono back in HS I actually didn't even go to the doctor till like a month after I first started feeling like crap and I was already starting to feel better... so I only got to miss like a week of school instead of a month, hehe.

BTW I tagged you at MamaDivas.com :) -- mosey on over to seeeeee

Soccer Mom In Heels said...

Hi Meryl~
So sorry to hear you were sick! Bummer! My dad had mono at age 60something~ pretty random!

Thanks for the tag~ you are awesome!

Take care, get plenty of rest and fluids!

On The Verge said...

Glad to hear you are doing better. Get well soon!

Money Making Ideas ~ Suzanne said...

So ... did this get all cleared up? Are you 100% yet? How awful ... I'm sorry to hear about it ... I did chuckle at a couple of the comments LOL *huGs* Suzanne