Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Reflections from the Backcounter

Motherhood, Mono and Madness...yup that's right...we have mono in the house...the kissing has begun...I suppose that I should be happy that this has happened in high school and not college but what a seventeen year old is out of class, out of cross country and basically out of luck....he has hit the sidelines and has to wait out the acute phase of this disease....A few facts: those of you who know me know that I am qualified to comment!!!!!

  • Contagious but only with exchange of bodily secretions....kissing etc.....
  • The virus is shed for up to 18 months after the initial infection! (yikes)
  • The triad of lymphadenopathy, pharyngitis, and fever is the hallmark of the disease...and did I mention that the lymph nodes on my sons neck are the size of golf balls and are visible from across the street!!!!
  • The incubation period is very lenghty up to 30-50 days so sometimes it is impossible to determine who gave you the disease

So.... we are soldiering on...the good news is...this is a lesson in contagion and perhaps the lessons learned will be translated into "safe" behavior in other arenas later on (if you catch my drift)

Please post a get well message for Jeffrey...he could use some cheering up.

Peace and pathogens,



Anonymous said...

Jeffrey - you poor thing - your neck looks like something out of a science fiction movie.......Oh and by the way..... Happy Birthday Mono Boy!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jeffrey,
Sorry you're all lumpy and grumpy...try to work the sympathy angle with your Mom as much as you can. You know; ice cream, pizza, room service...hopefully the neck will look normal soon. If not, consider the Herman Munster/Frankenstein neck-bolt look (I'm thinking silver spray paint) for your Halloween costume. Sorry, man!

Polly said...

Hi Jeffrey what absolut bad luck - just when you don't need it. Nothing for it but plenty of rest and sweet day dreams :) unfortunately, won't cure the problem but at least it also won't make it worse.

Best wishes from England - if you can get hold of it they say that elderberry syrup or capsules help your body to fight back. :)

Hope you're soon back fighting fit!!