Thursday, March 12, 2009

Bad Blood

The lab results came back yesterday.

Jerad has mono.

Its a freaking good thing we never share drinks or utensils, or make out (ewe!) or I would probably get it too!!!

Oh Wait.

The first thing most people said when we shared the joyous news was "did he cheat on you???" Which makes me think maybe I am way to trusting. Or lazy. Either way, the answer is no, we are just whores about sharing drinks and utensils with other people. Plus we like to lick our friends faces.

Here are some fact about mononucleosis:

Mono is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). It is most often seen in adolescents and young adults. Children can get the virus, but it often goes unnoticed because their symptoms are mild. Adults usually do not get mono, because they have immunity to the virus.
- Jerad and I are children at heart
- Also EBV, is a member of the herpesvirus family. Jerad has the herp.

Mono can be spread through contact with saliva, mucus from the nose and throat, and sometimes tears. Because the virus can be spread through kissing, it has earned the nickname the "kissing disease." If you have mono, you can avoid passing the virus to others by not kissing anyone and by not sharing things like glasses, eating utensils, or toothbrushes - I basically share saliva with everyone I know. Coworkers, friends, pets... sorry about that. Seriously, I hope I'm not infected cause I prolly started an epidemic.

As soon as you get over mono, your symptoms will go away for good, but you will always carry the virus that caused it. The virus may become active from time to time without causing any symptoms. When the virus is active, it can be spread to others.
- Freakin great.

The most common symptoms of mono are a high fever, a severe sore throat, swollen glands and tonsils, and weakness and fatigue. Symptoms usually start 4 to 6 weeks after you are exposed to the virus.
- Srsly, sounds like a party.

Avoid contact sports and heavy lifting. Your spleen may be enlarged, and impact or straining could cause it to burst.
- Eff.


Beth McDermott said...

Dramatic, much?
Worse case, Jerad takes care of YOU, and YOU get caught up on some badly needed r and r, and every dvd you always wanted to watch and never got to.
The wine glass is always half full.

liz oelker said...

aww poor jerad. hope you're safe! :)