She went off to college and was diagnosed with strep at least five times that year. I attributed it to burning the candle at both ends, playing Division I sports, not drinking enough water, etc.
One night at Book club we were all talking about our kids (as usual) and the subject of mono came up. Apparently, chronic tonsillitis can be a complication or a result of having had mono. Not for everyone, but for some.
When I told Michaela what I had heard she confirmed that many people at her school were either having their wisdom teeth removed or their tonsils. And those that were having their tonsils removed ? Many had mono in the past.
Sure enough, we visited our ENT, Dr. Eisenberg, and he also confirmed the mono/tonsil connection. He recommended a tonsillectomy. He also recommended allowing up to two weeks for recovery.
When does a college girl have time for that you ask? Christmas break of course! So, this Tuesday is the surgery. She is relieved to get rid of her tonsils but not looking forward to the recovery. I better get her some good magazines, DVDs, warm broth and ice pops.