On Wednesday, Liam woke up with only a low-grade fever, and it stayed that way most of the day. But then, before he went to bed, it spiked back up above 101. We gave him some Advil and decided we better call the pediatrician on Thursday morning. We did, and they wanted to see him. I knew this mean blood and urine work, and while this upset me, I also knew it was necessary at this point (8 days of a fever!).
Before they went forward with the blood and urine tests, they decided to test him for strep, which is the one thing they had not done. His throat had been very red, so it was a possibility. When 2 nurses came into Liam’s room at the doctor’s office, I knew the test was negative, and they were going to be doing the blood/urine testing, and it was going to be unpleasant.
I don’t want to relive the experience here – to say it was stressful (for both Liam & me) is an understatement, and I hope to never have to make him do that again!
After a few hours of waiting, we got our test results back. His white blood cell count was elevated, as we expected. But the surprising part is this: there were 12 or 13 indicators in his blood results consistent with mono! The pediatrician did not test specifically for mono, because that is not something they normally see in a 13-month-old baby. However, it all makes sense: the red throat, the unending fever, the lethargy – all are symptoms of mono. Combine that with his blood work and, well, I think we have our villain.
He has been fussy since we left the doctor’s office yesterday. I am sure he is sore from being poked & prodded one too many times. But, he is a trooper, and I know this will pass, and he will forget all about it. I hope that happens sooner rather than later.
I have absolutely no idea where he got mono – I guess it could be anywhere. I will be sterilizing my entire house though – it is highly contagious!