Friday, August 26, 2011

A rare and precious gem

As I write this post, I am sitting in my daughter's hospital room. As a complication to contracting mononucleosis, she also contracted a rare ( 1 in 200,000) side effect of the virus that causes mono called EBV Encephalitis-an infection of the nervous system. She is getting better, but still has a way to go for her recovery. They say that most of the adult population of the World has contracted this virus at some point in their life, and that we all carry it within us. Most people who get sick fromthis never even know that they have mono. They just think it is another bad cold. In a way, they are right. Like a cold, mono is a virus. The only way to treat it right now is to treat the symptoms. Anti-biotics have no effect. Time, rest, and taking care of yourself and the symptoms is all you can do. The same is true of the encephalitis. The Doctors are great ( in spite of the multiple, repeated updates every day from each team that is following her case). We can see
improvements every day as well. We look forward to taking this rare gem home soon, until then, sign me...

Sleepless in Salt Lake. Stick.

1 comment:

Nene said...

Sure hope she is getting better and ya'll can take her home sometime. I know it won't be for awhile. Hang in there!