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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

I'm going through a minor nuisance lately in that I've been diagnosed with MONO of all things! At the ripe age of 51, no less! The bloodwork I completed for my doc last week initially came back perfectly normal, everything within normal limits. However the test for mono takes a little longer and the results didn't come in until late yesterday.

While it is frustrating and disappointing news, at least it explains my recent trough and flagging of energy! My treadmill routine just hasn't picked me up at ALL over the past few weeks! I've had to really work at it, just maintaining the same pace and time that I have had in the past and even cutting back on my weekend times.

Another down side: this means I'll have to give up most strength training for the next several weeks as mono enlarges the liver and spleen and I have to avoid placing any undue stress on them or risk blowing out my spleen. I'm thinking, however that perhaps there are some strength-training exercises with dumb bells, resistance bands or exercises which wouldn't place a strain on the abs...? But you know, I can't think of any right off...open to suggestions if anyone has them!

Not a pleasant thought...!

Frustrating but manageable...it will pass, and then back to having more energy to move forward! I certainly don't plan to give up my treadmill routine, as difficult as it has been for me, I couldn't live with myself if I didn't at LEAST do that!

Another thought I had: considering I'm working 60+ hours a week and doing all that I do around the house...it's really been amazing that mono hasn't clipped my wings more than it has! I chalk this up to the benefits of being in such good shape from having lost weight and worked out as well as I have over the past year and a half!

I know this means I'll have to get more sleep than usual...which will be the biggest challenge of all! Especially as we will be setting sail for a 12+ hour road trip to Grand Rapids next week for my son's residency completion ceremony!

I'll be hanging in there...

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    AMEN - Be sure to talk to your doctor about what would be appropriate. I imagine that light resistance bands are going to be OK with your doc.

    Yep -an injury to your spleen could be fatal. Please take good care of yourself - I'd be lost without you around emoticon
    3403 days ago
    The other posters have already said it, but let me encourage you too, to check with your doctor about how appropriate your training program is right now. Listen to your body's signals and TAKE CARE! Wishing you a good recovery - keep us posted! Blessings today, Michelle
    3405 days ago
    ughh, that is horrible, but you have a great attitude, I will be thinking about you, you have been such a great inspiration to me and my journey, I want to be the same for you! Hang in there, get your sleep.
    3407 days ago
    Ugh! So sorry this is happening to you! I was diagnosed with mono at 30 and it took so much out of me. Do try to get as much rest as possible as hard as it may be!
    3407 days ago
    That really is a tough development. I had mono twice as a kid and it was horribly draining then when I had a young body and no responsibility. Check with your Dr on the strength training. You want to be safe since sorry would be just too devastating. At least you know why you haven't had energy.

    If you let your body recover now with rest then you will be stronger later and the recovery can be faster. Can you cut some calories while you are less active? Can your wife do the driving while you sleep?

    Life does seem to happen at us at times when we don't expect it. Since this is a lifestyle not a diet we can take lifes' swerves while staying on recovery road. (I have strong perfectionistic tendencies so I constantly have to remind myself of that). Your body is strong now and should be able to get back into peak shape once you've knocked down the virus.
    Congratulations to your son!
    3407 days ago
    Hi! I saw this and had to comment. You may want to check with your doc again, because it's not using ab muscles that puts the stress on the spleen, it's the byproducts your body creates as a result of effort, essentially. Some people get horribly enlarged spleens by doing nothing more than walking around a bit, cooking dinner and doing the dishes. Mono is horrible, and if you push it, it can linger for month, and make it more likely to return as chronic fatigue in later years. My cousin - 17, excellent health, athletic, etc. was told to do very little more than be in bed for three weeks. She was allowed to start a walking regime at about a month, and then gradually she regained strength and stamina... but it took nearly 3 months from diagnosis. I'd *definitely* cut back the length and intensity of your cardio/walking... any pushing of yourself is just asking for lingering issues!

    Congrats on your son's residency completion... have him fuss at you! Great practice!

    (I'm so totally selfish... I've enjoyed watching your progress, and would hate for you to lose momentum now!!)
    3408 days ago
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