Coping with Mono

Certainly, each person will have to figure out for herself or himself how best to cope with mono. This list is intended to be a suggestion of ways to make your life easier while you are dealing with your symptoms and waiting for the virus to pass.

College Life

If you are in college with mono, you might want to consider going back home for a while. Mono can take a few weeks or more for the main symptoms to pass, and lying in a dorm bed doesn't sound very appealing.

Certainly, you may decide to stay where you are. But, you shouldn't feel like you are showing weakness by opting to go home. If you have to fly to your destination, you may want to have someone fly with you.

Patients feel very tired and weak, and it could be helpful to have someone else with you. Even if you stay in your dorm or apartment, expect to miss classes and social activities for awhile and to give yourself the space and the time to recover.

You don't have to worry too much about infecting other people as long as you don't come into contact with their saliva or bodily fluid.

Most people are immune to the Epstein Barr Virus, and this is the one that causes mono most of the time. Friends don't have to run the other way just because you have mono, and you may want to remind them of this so that you aren't lonely during this time!

Working Life

As a working adult, you may find it difficult to take the time off that you need from work. You must get yourself to stay home and relax, as the best way to recover is to give your body the rest that it needs.

Your doctor can explain your needs to your boss and you can take medical leave. Make sure your needs are heard and stay out for as long as you need to. If you are married or have a family, you may want to splurge on extra help in the house.

If a parent or grandparent wants to come over to give a hand - don't turn them down. If you need to dip into savings to hire a nanny or housekeeper for a bit, do it. It will be money well spent so that you can start to get better.

Helping a Child

If your child has it, you'll have to work very hard to keep them at home and resting. Much of the time, this ailment does knock you out. So, you may not find as much resistance from your child as you might otherwise expect.

If they do resist, however, you'll need to work to keep them resting, drinking and relaxing. It's very important for the body to rest so that they can get healthy again.

Teens and mononucleosis

It's very normal for teens with mono to feel anxious about it. You might be worried about missing school and exams. Perhaps you feel like you are missing out socially?

A positive attitude really helps. It can take a while but listening to your body and having plenty of rest will help you get back to better health.


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