Mono Question - Please help!

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apittman1035
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   Posted 7/10/2007 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   
My husband was just disgnosed with mono and strep throat. I always heard mono was "the kissing disease" and am freaked out. He says that the doctor told him mono can be airborne and caught from coughing, etc. Is that true or is trading fluids the only way to get it? Please help, I am freaking out.

CRANKY 1
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   Posted 7/10/2007 10:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Howdy apittman1035,
 
First of all, welcome to the Depression Board.  Quickly now, forget all about Mononucleosis being the "kissing disease".  Kids just use that nickname to tease other kids, basically because they don't know any better.  It's actually fairly difficult to get, and it's more of a weakened immune system thing.  It isn't contracted from "kissing" or other bodily contact.  I'm kind of an expert on Mono, since I am one of a very small population of people who have had two bouts with this illness. 
 
The first time I had it, I was in junior high (about 12 yrs. old).  It was funny cuz it did wonders for my reputation. HA-HA!!!  I had it for about four months.  My glands were swollen, I had a sore throat, I ran a low-grade temperature and I slept most of the time.  People with mono have to be careful, because sometimes the spleen gets swollen and can rupture, which is really dangerous.
 
The second time I got mono, I came down with it over Christmas break my sophmore year in college.  If you get mono twice, it's much worse the second time.  I went back to school with a sore throat which started on New Years Eve, and I hadn't been kissing anyone!!!  I was back at school three days, and I never made it out of bed.  My roommate dragged me to the school infirmary because I was running a high fever and could barely talk because my toncils(sp?) were so swollen.  They drew my blood and rushed it to the local hospital lab immediately.  My blood had the highest white bloodcell count ever measured in that hospital.  The doctor wouldn't even let me go back to my room until the bloodwork results came back.  My Dad had to come back to my school, pack up my things, and take me back home.  I immediately went to my doctor's office when I got back to my home town.  My doctor was waiting there after hours to see me after talking to the infirmary doctor.  I had to have Xylocaine syrup(like thick novacaine) poured down my throat so steriods pills could be forced down through my toncils.  I was on steriods for a week.  I don't remember much more, except that I slept until April.  Literally.
 
Your husband is a pretty sick fellow, and will be for a long time.  He will need a lot of rest in order to recover.  Please have no fear that he got this illness from anyone else.  His immune system is just run down and needs to recover.
 
Please feel free to ask any questions you might have.  You can email me if you would like to talk to me personally.
 
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apittman1035
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   Posted 7/11/2007 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much. I know it sounds cold that I worry about that instead of his health first thing, but I can't help it. I think it goes hand in hand with being female. Thanks for the help, though. I really appreciate it.

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   Posted 7/11/2007 6:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Howdy apittman1035,
 
I hope my post put your doubts to rest about how your husband got the mono.  Now, it doesn't guarantee anything about his behavior, (I had a totally cheatin' ex-husband), but I seriously doubt you have anything to worry about except nursing your husband back to health.
 
Please let us know how his recovery is progressing, and please feel free to come here and vent if his hanging around sleeping all the time starts to drive you nuts!!!
 
Leigh Ann cool

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  • On Disablility for: Chronic Migraines, serious Back and Knee problems (will need surgery eventually), moderate Depression, Anxiety/Panic disorder, TMJ 
  • Divorced, 42, no children
  • Surgeries: Gastric Bypass, Gallbladder Removed (followed by a week in the hospital for a Blood Clot), Kidney Stone Removed, Broken Ankle, Major Dental work(four molars pulled, multiple cavities, root canals) 
  • Current Meds: Lexapro, Klonopin, Wellbutrin, Migranol, Trazadone, Buspar, Nexium, Skelaxin,  Phenergan, Chantix,  Iron Pills
 
"The weather is here, I wish you were beautiful."
                                             - Jimmy Buffett
 
 


bionca
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   Posted 7/15/2007 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I caught mono a long time ago. It wasn't from being with someone else. I work in a factory with 800+ people and I did catch it airborne. Take good care of your man, he needs you. Being female myself I understand how you could think the worst, it's our nature I think. Mono really knocks the crap out of you so when your guy is starting to feel better, try not to push him too hard. Good luck to you.

kimmylucille
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   Posted 7/17/2007 1:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I had mono once, and I got it from being in a school play, about 5 other peoeple had it, and I had the realllly bad symptoms, ofr about a month, but mine lasted about 3 months at the most.
we all got it from sharing chips
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   Posted 7/17/2007 6:58 AM (GMT -7)   
apittman1035
 
Welcome to Healing Well. Rest assured the members that have posted are correct, that is a myth re kissing disease. My oldest son was prone to mono in highschool and he always got the strep throats too.
 
He had to be hospitalized once on IV fluids and steroids he was so sick.
 
He missed his senior high graduation party due to a nasty strep infection.  Some people are just lucky and catch this nasty bug.
 
Again welcom and stay with us.  Keep posting.
 
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