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Monday, April 6, 2009

The Diagnosis

Sick boy

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.

And this…

mononucleosis

… 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!

17 comments:

Kayla said...

Poor, Fest! I sure hope he feels better soon. Court is prob missing him!

P.S. that throat picture is making me nauseaus. There's a possibility that it's the bag of chocolate I ate tonight, though...

I was just thinking...this is going to be my first Easter with yall!! SOO excited :)

Becky said...

Poor Tyler. I hope he recovers soon! Is that his throat or one off the internet? GROSS!!!

Thanks for mentioning my blog!

Susie said...

Poor guy that throat picture is pretty tough to look at.

I didn't know that about someone who has had it in the past still carries it around with them. My hubbie had it many years ago. I can't imagine getting that.

Leigh Ann said...

Oh my goodness! I'm so sorry. I'm sure those meds will kick in and he'll be feeling better in no time. Why is it that the unpreferred doctor is ALWAYS available??? We have one of those in our clinic...he missed EG's BROKEN LEG! Can you believe that??? Every time we need to get worked in we get him. Urgh!!! I agree about the Google degree. I think I'm about to finish two of those! Ha!

petrii said...

Jacquie,
Poor kid ~~ I'm so glad that you got him into the doc and got some medicine. Hope he is feeling better soon!!

Have a Blessed Tuesday,
Dawn

PS Did you watch 24 last night or the ball game? =) hahaha isn't that a funny questions? =)

His Doorkeeper said...

Glad you made the right diagnosis! You should bill the doctor for an Office Call!!

Hope Tyler is on his way to good health!

MiMi said...

Oh - that picture makes me HURT just to look at it!! Please tell me that is a picture from the internet and not his actual throat! I hope Tyler feels much better soon!

BTW...haven't watched 24 this week yet due to ball game! Plan to catch up tonight!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Good call Mom! But yuck on the bad throat. :( blessings, marlene

Kyla said...

Ohhh how horrible :( I feel so bad for him! Praying and sending happy thoughts, hope he's well soon.

And the new job is going great, I LOVE it!! I just sit in my little office (like the size of a broom closet, ha) and type court case info into the computer and then scan pages through... really easy, but all the ladies are so nice and I hope it turns into something full time!

Kelley said...

Jacquie, when they say they practice medicine, I guess they really are. Glad you have been googling this. I hope he feels better soon. I am shocked if he can swollen anything if his throat looks like that picture. I am thinking about you guys and praying for a speedy recovery. People call my mom "Dr. Whitehead"(she is white headed)because she has helped to diagnose problems with my dad.

Betsy said...

Oh no!! That throat looks AWFUL!!!! I know you have been so worried. Hopefully now that you know what it is, he can start getting better!! I've had sore throats before that looked similar and it is so painful. I hope he feels better soon. :(

Lauren Kelly said...

Hope he gets to feeling better, girl, it's the pits to be sick, and with mono nonetheless!!!

Heather said...

It's hard to argue with the "mommy gut" PLUS the MD from google! Hope he is feeling better soon. I had mono when I was in H.S. and it was miserable. Getting up to go to the bathroom felt like running a marathon. And I had strep this year for the first time in a while and it was HORRIBLE!
Poor Tyler!

Kelley said...

Hope Tyler is feeling better!

Kelley said...

Hey Jacquie, I don't know if that story is true or not, but it is so sweet. I was crying after I read it too. My mom had sent me that e-mail.

The Garners said...

Oh boy! Get well soon, T!

Jessica Lane said...

Sheesh. Poor, Tyler. Get well soon, buddy.