I couldn’t wait to get Tyler to the doctor this morning. So, I called the nurse’s desk – NOT the appointment desk, because I wanted to get things done! The last time he went to the doctor, they worked him in with another doctor in the clinic. The one I prefer to not use. So, today when I talked to the nurse, I asked politely if they could work Tyler in to our preferred doctor because his strep from two weeks ago has, I believe, become mono. She graciously obliged.
So, after a visit with the M.D., three vials of blood and lots of waiting… the doctor brought us back into the exam room to tell us (drum roll) that it was mono. Actually, his exact words to me were, “very good diagnosis, Doctor.” The medical degree I am getting on Google is beginning to pay off, people.
He’s still not able to eat anything thicker than pudding, and when I checked on him about 8:30 this evening… he was sound asleep, in a pool of sweat, with his cell phone in his hand with the beginning of a reply text to Courtney. He zonked out in the middle of it. Poor baby.
… this is what your throat looks like with mono. The doctor said Tyler’s was “impressive”.
Strep and mono look and act very much alike, so without blood work, it’s hard to tell. They both have been going around here lately, so when the doctor first saw him he just treated him for strep. But Z-pack doesn’t work for mono. (And, what I thought was two weeks ago today that he went to the doctor, was actually FOUR weeks ago today! He’s had this for over four weeks now!!)
One interesting thing I found when reading up on mono is that if you’ve had it in the past, you still carry the virus and sometimes it’s active, even though you don’t display any symptoms. When it’s active, you can expose someone else to the virus (and not even know it). No telling how many people I’ve given it to!!
Maybe the meds will kick in soon and we’ll have our fun-loving, social boy back!!
Oh, and my sweet Arkansas bloggy friend, Becky, is having a great giveaway. If you’re a summer griller, you won’t want to miss out!