Wednesday, February 26, 2014

My Adventure With The Cytomegalovirus

The morning of Wednesday, February 5, 2014 I woke up with the worst headache I have ever had.  It hurt in my temples and my cheekbones and my gums.  I took some Ibuprofen and it got better and I didn't think much about it again.  Then the next day I woke up with the same symptoms only the headache wasn't as bad, but my gums hurt so bad I wanted to poke needles into them.  Then the same thing again on Friday, but like the previous days, I took something and felt better and didn't think about it again.  That night I noticed a swollen taste bud which I had a few times in my life, so again I didn't think much about it.  Saturday morning I woke up with another swollen taste bud and a canker on the inside of my lip.  Since I get cankers occasionally I didn't make any kind of connection. 

Sunday morning I woke up with a fever, my tongue and lip swollen and my whole mouth hurt so bad I couldn't even eat.  I went to see my doctor on Monday and she put me on an antiviral medication and did a whole bunch of tests.  That night I felt so bad, I just laid on the couch and tried not to cry.  I didn't pay much attention when the phone rang, I guess I should have, because it was the hospital calling about my test results.  My doctor called me in the morning and told me that my blood tests showed that my body was trying really hard to fight this virus.  It's probably a good thing she didn't tell me what the actual numbers were as that might have taken me over the edge.  She did tell me that if my fever went up at all or things got worse to go to the ER and have them do another blood test.

Come Tuesday I still had a fever and my mouth was swelling even more, I was so miserable and so hungry!  My girls made frozen Jello and yogurt drops for me as before that all I was having was ice chips holding them in my mouth as long as I could to try and help with the swelling.  I went to bed that night feeling miserable.  I woke up at 2:00 am on Wednesday with my Mitral Valve Prolapse hurting, that only happens when I am stressing out.  I wasn't emotionally stressed so I knew my body was stressed and I decided to go to the ER.  Where they proceeded to do new blood tests and so much more.  They were really great there and concluded that a virus (they didn't have results back on which virus) and caused the sores, but now the sores had a bacterial infection.  I went home with antibacterial medication and went back to bed.

The next day I received a call from the on-call Hematologist at the ER that she wanted to see me again on Friday.  What a fun Valentine's Day for me, I saw the Hematologist as well as my doctor and couldn't kiss anyone because the test results were back and I had the Cytomegalovirus.  From what I understand 50-80% of adults have had this virus and mostly you wouldn't even know, but lucky me had a rare reaction.  The Hematologist was the one who explained the blood test results to me telling me that on Monday when I went to my doctor and had the blood test the part of the white blood cells that are in charge of fighting infection as at a count of 50 and normal is 1,800, yikes!  When I was retested at the ER on Wednesday it was at 250, so it was up, but no where near where it needed to be.  When they tested me again on Friday it was up to 1,200, thank goodness for medication!  When I saw my doctor she was happy to see that the swelling of my lip and tongue had gone down a little as well as a swollen gland that I had.

I'm not done yet, one sore in my mouth is still healing and a new sore showed up on my hip, so weird, but I am so much better!  I guess recovery can take up to 2 months to get all your energy back, for your liver to return to normal which somehow gets affected in all of this too.  It has definitely been an interesting experience that is for sure, and one that I do not want to repeat!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

No Matter What, I Can Still Look Up

I've been working on a project the last several weeks taking all my old sets of scriptures and transferring all my notes and highlighting into just one set (yes, I had quite a few sets, my childhood set, my seminary set, a post seminary set and then a set I got a few years ago which was all one book including all of the Bible, Book of Mormon, D&C and Pearl of Great Price).  I had been wondering what to do with all of my scriptures and some of them were quite literally falling apart so I did some research and came across something that said that we believe that it is the words that are sacred not necessarily the paper the words are printed on.  That confirmed what I had been feeling that I wanted everything all in one place and that it was okay to recycle the falling apart sets once I had everything transferred.

It has been a really neat project seeing what I had highlighted and what was important to me in different stages in my life.  I just finished the project, but one of the last markings I transferred just really spoke to me and I wanted to share it.  It is 2 Corinthians 4:8-9:

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down but not destroyed.

It just made me feel so hopeful and that no matter what is going on in my life I can still look up to my Heavenly Father and know that He is still there for me, that all is not lost, that there is always hope.