This blog is not going to be an easy one – today I had reason to do some research into a sickness I had earlier this year and it appears I am having a relapse which is coming over me like a wet blanket a day or two following strenuous exercise.
I was very sick earlier this year and have had several relapses since but I put the relapses down to stress at the time and I resigned from my job as part of my strategy to reduce stress.
The sickness is glandular fever and I believe I contracted it during a 2 week cruise to NZ in December last year as the timing pin points to that time – the sickness has an incubation period of up to 7 weeks before symptoms appear. I didn’t kiss anyone on that cruise, which is the most common way it is passed between people, but you can also get it from sharing utensils or even particles in the air!
This year I’ve had lots of blood tests, a brain scan and I am even booked in for a colonoscopy later this year in the hospital – all as precautionary measures to rule out a more sinister reason for my symptoms.
So far the ONLY thing that has turned up positive in any blood tests has been a positive for glandular fever (at some point in my life I have had it). Well as far as I know I have never had this in the past– any major sickness that I have had I’ve been to the doctors and done blood tests throughout my life, so I do believe this is what I did have this year.
When you research it, glandular fever is hard to diagnose, there is a very small window of opportunity to catch a positive blood test, otherwise the blood test comes up positive to show that you have HAD the virus in your system at some time.
I know this is what I had - I have no doubt. The symptoms are EXACTLY the same. The scary thing is that no one can tell how it will affect a particular human being. Some people get over the illness on average after a 12-month period, whereas others have relapses of it for the REST OF THEIR LIVES and glandular fever is one of the illnesses preceding full-blown chronic fatigue syndrome!! All the research I did today on countless websites and testimonies from people were all NEGATIVE!
I am normally a very optimistic, energetic, high achieving, career oriented individual who has worked (without fail) ALL of my life. Based on my research this type of personality is the one most affected by CFS!!!
And I thought God was giving me the challenge just to improve my health by throwing in some exercise and eating better! But now I see the depths of this actual challenge – IT IS HUGE! It is much greater than I ever anticipated as there is much more at stake and the reocurring illness and how/when it will strike is an unknown variable!
This is intense. I spent most of today getting on and off my bed. All of the research says just to go with the fatigue when it hits and rest/go to bed. But I just can’t do that during the day, but today at times I didn’t have a choice… I hate this.
Here are the reoccuring symptoms and I have ALL of them except tonsillitis –
· fatigue not satisfied by sleep.
· recurrent tonsillitis
· chronic sore throat and swollen lymph glands in the neck.
· aches and pains in the limbs.
· brain fag - not being able to find the right words.
· lack of concentration
· depression (feeling very low)
· deep lethargy
· not being able to stand lots of noise, people or strong smells (perfume, cleaning materials etc.) .
· not feeling all there
· digestive imbalance - bloating and pain often cited in lower abdomen.
My faith is strong enough to trust God to lead me out of this mess – I certainly can’t fix this one on my own…. WOW what an SP journey this turned out to be !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!