I went back to the doctor today, and found out that my platelet level is up to 101,000, which is getting close to normal, which is awesome. The hematologist also said I apparently have mono. It seems they decided to take a look at some of my extra blood which they had lying around under the microscope, probably out of sheer curiosity, and found indications of mono, at which point they ran the test, and hey, Ardith has mono.
Of course, when I get mono, I don't just get it like everyone else, I get an extremely atypical case with almost none of the normal symptoms (like lymph node swelling or sore throat), but with extra bonus symptoms like an extremely low platelet count. Woohoo!
This means that they no longer think I actually have ITP. At this point, I don't really care what I have, as long as I get better.
Anyways, since the platelet count is so much better, I can start slowly getting off the prednisone, which I'm guessing will take a month and a half or so. Hopefully the mono diagnosis doesn't mean I'm going to be laid up for the next month; I haven't really felt too bad yet, and given what seems to be my current ability to not display symptoms of anything untl I end up in the hospital, I have no idea how typical the rest of this is going to be. Fun and games, to be sure.
Long story short, though, I think it winds up being good news in the long run.Posted by Ardith at October 16, 2008 05:27 PM | TrackBack