Mono when you are 40!
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Living with active phase mono for over a year is not fun when you are older (not a teenager). I could not afford to take off months from work so my journey was long with many valleys and peaks. For many weeks I would work all week and sleep from Friday evening to Sunday--awake for 8 hours and asleep for 16 hours. My doctor was so perturbed that I had it for so long that she called the CDC. The advice was to take antidepressants to make me feel better about being tired. Well, I opted not to take the antidepressants because I wasn't depressed--I was sick! During the winter months, I caught every bug that went through the college where I work. As the weather started getting warmer in March, I thought to myself that it was time to start walking because I felt better. I walked one day and could barely get out of bed the next day. So, I waited one month and tried again. At the end of May, I decided to eat only organic, non-hormone, non-GMO with no high fructose corn syrup as I could. I am also only drinking water (with an occasional glass of wine). I visited farmer's markets to get fresh vegetables and bought no hormone added meat. Finally, I could walk multiple days in a row beginning in June. So far, I have been walking for six weeks, and I feel good!