Monday, April 23, 2007


Apparently the dizziness and lightheaded-ness translates to mono. I saw my doctor last week and results of my blood test said mono. There is no antibiotic available to treat it, so I'm just supposed to rest. Easier said than done. I developed another soar throat over the weekend and am still pretty tired.

From Wikipedia:
Infectious mononucleosis, a disease seen most commonly in adolescents and young adults, characterized by fever, sore throat, muscle soreness, and fatigue. White patches on the tonsils or in the back of the throat may also be seen, (resembling strep throat). Mononucleosis is usually caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), which infects B cells (B-lymphocytes), producing a reactive lymphocytosis and atypical T cells (T-lymphocytes) known as Downey bodies.
The virus is typically transmitted from asymptomatic individuals through blood or saliva, or by sharing a drink, or sharing eating utensils. The disease is far less contagious than is commonly thought. In rare cases a person may have a high resistance to infection. The disease is so-named because the count of mononuclear leukocytes (white blood cells with a one-lobed nucleus) rises significantly. There are two main types of mononuclear leukocytes: monocytes and lymphocytes. They normally account for about 35% of all white blood cells. With infectious mononucleosis, this can rise to 50-70%. Also, the total white blood count may increase to 10000-20000 per cubic millimeter.


Heidi said...

I remember in junior high I wanted mono so badly because kids who got it didn't come to school for like 2 or 3 weeks. However, that would pretty much suck now. I'm sorry-get better!!

Erin said...

I remember in junior high that kids got mono from making out with each other.

Joy and her boyfriend, sittin' in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G...heh.