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Part 2

My last bout of Mono was just a few years ago, but after both occasions I never really got back up to what I consider to be full speed for me.  My immediate family and close friends have heard me repeatedly express how I just knew something was not right with me.  This brought on several years of unsuccessful testing and possible diagnosis that later turned out to be wrong.  These test are what actually discovered my second experience of Mono and that I have Pernicious Anemia.  Sounds scary and serious but I found out it just meant I have a severe B12 deficiency and don’t have the ability to obtain it through food or vitamins so I get injections of the thick red goo instead.  A little hard to stomach if you are afraid of needles like I am, but I’m learning to adjust.

After several years of receiving injections that helped some of my problems I realized that I was still battling others and at times they were getting worse than before.  I am the type of person who will push for answers for just about anything and yet I realized I was just sitting by the wayside waiting for my doctor to call me one day with some kind of an answer to solve my problems.  Well that day never came, so I took matters into my own hands and realized I needed to push harder.  I picked up the phone, called my doctor’s office and said “I want to be referred to whatever specialist is willing to find out what the heck is wrong with me so I can get back to living my life.”  Oddly enough, with the doctor’s office that always schedules my appointments weeks down the road, I was suddenly able to get an appointment an hour and a half from the point I muttered those words.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love my current doctor.  He’s done a lot more than others to test and re-test until he could get some answers, but I was just looking for him to do more this time.  I needed an answer and I needed it NOW.  My symptoms were getting worse, I was barely able to get out of bed and I finally had done the ultimate sin in my world and called into work for my shift.  I reluctantly accepted to take the same-day appointment and started the trek over to the coast to visit his office.

I waited almost an hour to actually see my doctor, which is fairly standard in his office, but I was glad that I did.  As usual, he gave me his full attention from the moment he walked in the door.  He was actively asking me questions, studying my past test results and poking at me but at least I felt as if I was being heard about my concerns.  We discussed past problems and past failed diagnosis so as not to repeat trying treatment for any of those again.  Over an hour later we had a possible answer.

To be continued…


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Part 1

What a busy blog hiatus this has been. For anyone who hasn’t heard yet, I recently left the world of theme parks and transitioned to another area of hospitality. After 8 years within the theme park industry this change has meant learning a lot of new ways to do things. I’m enjoying the challenge of learning new items and it has been exciting to learn a new subset of the industry. Of course it has also given me the chance to work with other departments that are predominately women, so that has been an interesting change as well. I’m sure I’ll learn some more from them over my time here.

About the time that I was interviewing for my new position I also admitted defeat to my doctor and told him he had to finally find out what was going on with my health. For those of you who haven’t been completely in the loop I’ll fill you in a little. Growing up I’ve always had weird instances of health issues. As a young child I had some unidentified virus that landed me in the hospital for several days. During my teenage years I had a habit of passing out at any given moment with little notice. Then came the very contagious stomach flu that one of my dance students was so kind to share with me. Okay that one wasn’t weird but it was a good transition into the next item on the list.

Next up was my infamous double case of Mono. During my years at the “mouse house” I came in contact with an insane number of people each day. I contracted Mono from a guest, it is a funny story actually that involves and adorable child and a French toast stick, and was told that once I managed to get through it there would be no chance of me catching it again. I contracted it during my Senior year of college while taking 21 credit hours per semester in an effort to get to work in the real world. Needless to say it slowed me down and made it quite hard to push through my school and work schedule, but I did so and all without taking time off to let myself rest. I know, it probably wasn’t the best tactic but I am a stubborn individual so what can I say.

Now doctors say that once you get Mono it is always in your system, however it becomes dormant. They also say that it is like chicken pox and a person won’t get it more than once. They were only 1/2 right about all of this. It is in your system forever, but in some rare cases it rears its head again and you end up with the full blown symptoms more than once. Hence, not quite like chicken pox. It didn’t surprise me when they said that I had it again or that it was rare for that to happen. After all, if something is odd, unknown or rare then there is a good chance I’ll experience it.

To be continued…


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