Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Mommy of three with Mono

Psalm 22:19
But you, O LORD, be not far off; O my Strength, come quickly to help me.

I'm worried every one is tired of hearing me whine, complain and rattle off my long list of symptoms. But, that's what sick people do, especially when they have been sick for days. My patience is shot, I was in tears this morning because I just couldn't handle anymore. As the day has progressed, I still feel just as bad. I did get an answer so that helps me maintain a small bit of sanity.
I don't like the answer. I thought if you were a mother of 3 small children there were somethings you just didn't have to worry about. I am reminded once again that life doesn't work that way. My strep test came back negative, but I have Mono.

Yeah, lovely.

I'm not happy, I'm starving because I can't eat anything since my tongue is so swollen. I can barely drink water, and my face is now swollen from my swollen lymph nodes. I'm doing my best to get my Lysine, Motrin and regular meds swallowed, but it's not pretty. I only wish I was being as dramatic as this sounds.
My Nurse Practitioner still feels I may have the flu too, haven't gotten that test back yet. She explained that for me to get Mono, I would have to have low levels of Vitamin D. Interestingly enough, remember when I had my thyroidectomy, in July, my para thyroid stopped working for a period of time? I was given calcium and Vitamin D for several weeks and then taken off of both of them. I believe that's where it started.
My kids are still at my mom's until we find out for sure if I have the flu. It's unlikely that they would contract Mono from me if we take the necessary precautions, eg. hand washing, not sharing food or unless they have weak immune systems. Hopefully, the Emergen-C will help build their systems up even more.
Mono is scary because you don't know how long it could last. {Possibly 2-3 months} The only thing you can do to get better is sleep and rest. I've been instructed to religiously take Lysine, Vitamin D, and Emergen-C until the end of December. And to do absolutely nothing, I'll do my best but that sure seems impossible. When you have Mono and get to feeling better, if you start moving around and overexerting yourself, it will only get worse again. {AHHHHH!!}
Thank you all for you prayers, I need them. Pray for Joe as he won't be kissing me for quite some time.
Oh, and I miss my kids...


Anonymous said...

Miranda~ I am SO SORRY for you girl! I can't imagine!!!! I have never had Mono before but have heard that it's pretty bad. If it's any comfort, I will be thinking and praying for you. I am out of town but when I get back, I wil give you a call or email to see how you are and how I can help. Love ya!!

Heather Sharpensteen

mummyof5monsters said...

Oh sweetheart, I feel so bad for you, I know how much you must be missing your family, on top of feeling so bad. I am thinking of you and praying too xxxx

Booklover1212 said...

Miranda - I'm so sorry!! Please know that I'm keeping you in my prayers for quick healing!!

~ Jennifer

Sweats, Nikes, and No Make-up said...

I had mono my senior year of high school and was miserable at graduation! It was horrible, so I know exactly what you're going through (minus the possible flu part on top of it and the three kids!). It took me about 2-3 months to get over it, but there were still periods of time afterward where I would get that tired feeling again. Then years later when I thought it had come back, I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, which was also causing the tiredness. Anyway, at least now you have an answer. For the record, my strange behavior of not wanting to share my food or drink with anyone (including my cute nieces/nephew and my own husband) comes from the time I suffered from mono - I've never been one to share food/drink since then!

Bonnie said...

SERIOUSLY??? Yes at least you have a diagnosis but I know you must be feeling so rotten.

Once again my prayers are with you. I think of you everyday when I start to slow down due to being tired from "mommyhood". It makes me keep going knowing that you'd trade my tiredness anyday for yours.

Rest, rest, rest.

Melissa said...

I'm sorry Miranda. Keep looking up to God because he will get you through this. Hope you start to feel relief soon in your throat.