Last Thursday, 5/8, Mark began complaining of a headache. By dinner he wasn't even interested in eating (now we know something is up). He went to bed and was definitely sick the next morning. He continued to sleep most of the day Friday. Anyway, to make a long story short-- he slept most of the weekend. A Dr. visit on Monday resulted in knowing he didn't have strep or diabetes and thinking it was just a virus. By Thursday when he still hadn't eaten anything but one egg (and that on Saturday) and woke with spots on his legs we figured another trip to the Dr. was in order. One look at him now and she felt confident with diagnosis of mononucleosis. We are waiting for the test result (they only run these test on Tuesday and Thursday) and should know more on Tuesday. He continues to be tired but had much more energy today and actually was awake longer than asleep today. BTW, he is staying well hydrated with water and gatorade. The Dr. said it will take him about 3 weeks to get better. Other people have told me that it takes months to fully recover. I'm hoping 8 year olds bounce back better than older people.
Now the challenge is to keep this from making its way through the family. We'll see how the Spencer family spends the summer.