It's official - Maddy has mono.
First morning of our college tour (back on Sept 2 -- it's been a wild 10 days since) she awoke feeling utterly terrible. Coughing, throbbing head & throat, and a blisteringly stabbing pain running from the right side of her skull to her right fingertips. A trip we were both excited & anxious about, instead, feeling paralyzed in a Holiday Inn Express in Woodstock, VA, with a really sick 17-year-old (who's also raging through a full-blown Drama Queen fit that's she's never gonna get better).
Health-wise I'm the most blessed person alive as I have personal numbers for all my favorite practitioners (who are also favorite friends).
Our doc called back within seconds and patiently described various signs for things that would warrant me screeching tires for the nearest ER, softly encouraged me to continue her antibiotics for her probable sinus infection, suggested more tests when we got home, and kindly never made me feel like an idiot or an exasperating parent getting unnecessary preferential treatment when he had real patients with honest-to-god appointments growing cold & pissed off as they languished in his exam rooms wearing paper smocks. I love this guy.
Then I called our energy healer who stopped eating breakfast to conduct her version of a comprehensive assessment. She described several energy blocks, particularly in Maddy's elbow and along an intersecting energy meridian, told me to rub specific acupuncture points to alleviate the stabbing pains, explained certain nuances at play from some former life my daughter and I shared (she even told us our former names -- Hanishva and Hareerah) and described specific breathing exercise to cool us both down.
Antibiotics dutifully swallowed, rubbing and breathing successfully accomplished (and they worked, which still surprises & tickles me, despite decades of successful results from energy healing) we headed on our way to our scheduled appointment with Muehlenburg College. We missed the campus tour, but salvaged the rest of the day.
I'll write the next installments over the next few days, but I'm realizing the degree to which life takes it's own dang sweet unexpected path ...