Two Wednesday’s ago after one of my many doctor visits of which she went ahead and tested me for Mono [negative] and Strep [negative] she went ahead and tested me for Epstein Barr – what she called “Mono’s uglier and scarier sister.” Last Friday the left side of my back began aching. [My fevers were still only ranging in the 99.5* – 99.9* area.] That night coming home I found something from my doctor and it was conclusive. I have Epstein Barr.
It meant nothing to me. The directions said to rest, take a multivitamin and avoid extra activities. Well, I couldn’t stop there so onto the internet I come. Spleens can become enlarged in over 50% of the cases, and swollen brain can occur – which could explain my headaches. But other than that I began going to bed earlier and taking it easy. Until last Thursday.
Last Thursday, with a fever higher than usual I went to work and survived two hours. I drove home knowing I was going to pass out, throw up or get dizzy and crash. When I got home my fever was 102.8* and I went to bed. Since Thursday I’ve been taking ibuprofin every 4 hours. If I neglect every 4 hours on the nose I spike. Last night I neglected and like clockwork, the chills and taking to the bed and then 2 ibuprofin and it never went down until I broke it with the blankets. Then my clothes were drenched and so were my bedsheets. Perfect for more chills.
Today I am going to the doctor AGAIN because I think there has to be more to it. Maybe not but because my doctor implied the reason I was getting every little thing [pylonephritis – which i’d never had before], sore throat, ear ache, low fever that my immune system could be dragging which is why she tested me for EBV in the first place. I hope I have the flu – piggybacking off EBV – or something an antibiotic can help with.
I can’t keep going on this way. As an adult I have never been this sick. It’s good I can get on the internet and mess around on the computer from time to time. I am equally grateful I have my friend who will be picking me up to take me to the doctor at 10:30am.