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I am waiting for test results to come back - but my doc thinks I have it... Does anyone know what the risk of me passing it on to DS (22mths) is? Do I have to stop kissing him etc etc?:gloomy:
I had this when I was 16 :o I lost 20 something kilos as my throat was so swollen!
You can pass it on through saliva hence the name "kissing disease" but I think you have to have a big ole pash so unlikely but never hurts to be cautious
Hope you get better soon it's a horrible illness.
I would love to lose 20 kilos! Ha Ha!
Not a pleasant thing to have ... I really hope that isn't the case for you.
I would avoid kissing your DS on the lips - just cheek, forehead, top of head ... basically anywhere kissable but the lips :thumbsup:
I had glandular fever when I was 25 (in the dark ages - lol) and can remember how exhausted I felt. You could be standing looking rock steady, but all the while you are shaking like a leaf internally and just want to crawl back into bed again.
Do you have anyone who can spend some time with you to help you with your DS and do some of the practical everyday activities around your house? If anyone offers help - take it! It will do you the world of good to let your body rest and repair itself.
Don't hurry back to doing too much too quickly, either. You can feel so much better after feeling so weak that you overdo it and relapse - this is the last thing you need.
Sending thoughts and prayers ... :hugs:
Yeah i would avoid kissing him on the mouth & also be wary of sharing foods, drinks etc.
I would say though if you do have it more than likely he will either have it by now or will sail through with no dramas.
I had it when i was 17yrs from a friend at school we shared a drink as we didnt realise at the time she had it ! Took ages for anyone to realise what the problem with us was though heh. I was sick for ages with it & it sucks.
Hope you dont have it hun or if you do that you recover quickly :hugs:
Yeah I would not be kissing anyone, and really disinfect anything you put in your mouth, cups, forks, spoons etc.
And maybe change your toothbrush every couple of days. Throw out the old one and use new ones.
I was hospitalised with g/f twice in my twenties because the blisters in my throat were so large and my tonsils so swollen my throat was restricted. I had to be put on a drip for fluids and antibiotics because I couldn't swollow anything. Plus if the antibiotics hadn't started to work within about 48 hours then I would have to go into surgery and have my throat scrapped out. Not pleasant. I don't mean to alarm or scare you but maybe be prepared in case.
Just rest. That's all you can do. And definately accept any help offered. You will need it. You tend to feel a lot worse before you feel any better. Don't do too much at first when the infection has gone as you can come crashing down with chronic fatigue syndrome.
I ended up having my tonsils removed a few years ago at age 28. I just kept getting sick and each episode was worse than the last. And with 4 kids I couldn't spend a week or more in hospital and my poor DH work and look after all of them and the house etc.
Anyway hope this doesn't happen to you and your blood test comes back negative plus hope you are feeling better soon.
Since having my tonsils, I have not had 1 sore throat.( I should have had it done years ago!!)
The only up side is the dramatic weight loss. I must have lost at least 10 kilos each time. (Shame I didn't keep it off though!!).
Thanks guys, yes my DH is an amazing help and is already taking really good care of me. I hope it isnt it - will find out tomorrow. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers:hugs:
Well .... it is glandular fever.....:rain: :snow: :( :sleeping: :barf:
Well .... it is glandular fever.....
Urgh! I totally understand how you're probably feeling right at them moment.
I've had it twice - once when I was 17 and again when I was about 22. The 2nd time it absolutely killed me.
Funny thing is though, my glands didn't swell either time. The first time the Dr didn't even think I had it. It was 2 weeks later when I had a blood test done that it confirmed that I'd had G.F.
Avoiding sharing drinks and saliva contact. You can actually remain infectious for over a year and some people will actually carry the virus (although won't be sick) for all of their lives. Not everyone who comes into contact with the virus (I think it's called Epstein-Barr. This is the virus that causes Glandular Fever) will get sick.
Look after your immune system. I find I need to be extremely careful not to get run down, which is why I believe I had it the 2nd time.
I found having some acupuncture and chinese herbs beneficial. Unfortunately, nothing will make you better, you just have to wait it out.
Hope you recover soon :hugs:
I have had the dreaded GF as well :hair:
AT the time the doctors had no idea what the heck was going on and I was in hospital for three weeks. It was to the point where I was in CCU and ICU as my body just "shut down" and I didn't have the "classic" signs either. They only confirmed that it was the GF that cuased it was about a month after my hospital stay when they had tested me for every other possible virus ect.
I have ended up with CFS for the 8 years since getting it. (which then caused me then to gain weight - I went from a very energetic healthy person to putting on 40 kg in a year!!!!)
I had GF from the EBV virus - you can also get it from the CMV (cytomegalovirus) which funny enough my DH ended up in hospital with (it cuased three spleenic infarcts - blood clots which ended up killing parts of his spleen) Well the doctors are not a hundred percent sure if I may have had a dose of CMV and EBV at the same time - the CMV came up as positive but it will come up positive if you have had the virus before aparently.
From what I have been told from the doctors, most kids get the virus early on in life and don't even know that they have had it.
Generally the older the age you get it the worse you can fell :barf:
AS the PP said - look after yourself and take it easy - don't push yourself.
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