Her life is over (okay, not really, but in her 14 yo mind it is)
My dd has been sick since last Friday. She started feeling bad on Friday night. I thought it was just because she was nervous because she was going to a wedding with some boy on Saturday. She woke up Saturday morning feeling like crap and her eyes were really swollen and she threw up at night. She didn't go to the wedding. She woke up Sunday and was running a fever and threw up again. I called the MTF and they gave me a referral to an urgent care. The doctor there said it was allergic reaction and a virus. Fast forward to Tuesday, she is still running a fever, vomiting once or twice a day, puffy eyes, and generally feeling like crap. I called the MTF again and they couldn't get her in, so I took her back to urgent care. The urgent care doctor sent us to the ER. We were there for 5 hours. They did a urinalysis, blood work and a CT scan. Still said it was a virus and allergic reaction. She had her sports physical for school scheduled for Wednesday, we went and she was feeling fine on Wednesday morning. Around 5 pm, she started running a fever again and feeling weak. I called the MTF this morning (Friday) and explained to them she was still having the same symptoms. The doctor today did blood work and tested her for Mono. It came back positive. I know it isn't that big of a deal. I had it in HS and although I went from 110 lbs to 95 lbs (I was 5'5" at the time), I got through it fine. My dd on the other hand thinks her life is ending, she is a dramatic 14 year old girl. She is missing out on the last 3 weeks of summer. She isn't going to be able to play soccer because tryouts are on Monday and she isn't allowed to play soccer for 6 week. She has been looking forward to playing for the HS for a while. And, she is worried she won't be well enough to go to school on the first few days. They go back on Sept 5th. I feel so bad for her. I know it could be so much worse, but in her eyes it is the end of the world. There really isn't a reason for this, I just had to get it out.
Oh and another thing, be persistent and go with your gut. I could have let it go with the first doctor's diagnosis, but I thought it was something more. I can't really do much for mono, but if I didn't find out I would have had her try out and she could have risked getting a lot sicker.