6.09.2007

Herpangina

Lovely name, isn't it? Before your mind starts wandering too far...it probably isn't what you think it is. Or, if you were thinking herp meaning "pain" and gina meaning "mouth"...than maybe it is what you think. Whatever it is...I had it. I ended up going to Urgent Care late Friday night because I was thinking it was getting ridiculously painful for any kind of "normal" sore throat. I had tried everything under the sun to alleviate some of the pain and NOTHING was taking the edge off. I thought I had strep and that maybe there was something that could help dissolve the misery....just a little? But, alas, there isn't. It is a virus...not the herpes virus mind you, although the name implies it...but something else entirely different. A virus that comes into the cells that make up the tissue lining your throat and starts reproducing so quickly that it causes the cells to explode...leaving the nerve endings in your throat "flapping in the breeze" and causing one the "worst sore throat they will ever have in their life". No kidding. It is also often accompanied by a fever, lack of appetite and headache...and sometimes diarrhea and nausea (ummmmm yes, yes, yes, yes and yes...I had them all). Anyway....ulcerations form around your throat and the roof of your mouth causing an UNBELIEVABLE amount of pain if you want to carry out any function requiring the use of your throat. She also told me that it could last up to 14 days! Say, what??? No thank you. I think I'll be done by then. She said that the worst days are the 3rd and 4th and then your antibodies start kicking in and the throat begins to heal over. Today my throat was in an incredible amount of pain...which means it felt better than yesterday! So...things are looking good! There ya have it, if you even wanted it?! I thought it was all kind of interesting. No wonder I feel like there are a gazillion cuts in my throat....there are! I would wish this upon NO ONE. Especially the rest of my contaminated family who hasn't yet come down with it. Oh the babies...that would be so NOT good. The doc said a lot of times babies will get hospitalized from dehydration because it is too painful for them to drink any liquids. So...we're wrapping them in our hopes and love...and Josh is convincing himself that he had this as a child and is already immune! Mind over matter. On another note...but still related to mouth pain....Journey cut her first TWO teeth this week! She has two tiny little bottom stubs and she has been such a trooper about the whole thing. She really is changing so quickly. I looked at her today and just thought she looked so different. So...that is life in our herpanginal world. Thanks for all of it, herpanginal girl (that would be YOU, Cory)....I owe ya one! :)

8 comments:

Jme said...

Yikes! I thought it sounded like more than just the common sore throat when you explained it in your othe post. (Now I know why I haven't "heard" from you. :) I hope you feel better VERY soon and that the other family members don't catch it. That sounds horrible. Poor little cells...they do the best they can, but sometimes there's something more powerful. I guess this was! Now stay healthy and don't come near me!! :) haha!

Debbie said...

Wow Jess! I pray that you continue the road to recovery and your family is able to avoid this! I can not even imagine what you went through this week. Congrats on Journey's first two teeth! How fun. At least there were some bright spots. I hope you can rest and recover. Hope to see you soon (once you are better though!)

Simplicity Wins said...

Oh Jesse, You poor thing...I totally feel for you. If I can help with anything just let me know...I'm here for you girl!

Cory said...

Correction Sister,
You owe Brody for that lovely little virus not me!!!! He gave that little gift to both of us. Consider yourself special :)

Jme said...

Oh sure Cory...through little Brody under the bus in your own defense! :) j/k!

Jme said...

I mean "throw" not through! :)

Cory said...

I would never "throw" brody anywhere.... especially under a bus!!! Occasionally he will throw himself off the bed but that has nothing to do with me!! :) :)
I haven't even seen the poor victim (that would be YOU Jess)since well I guess it was the day I started feeling sick (before I knew what my evening had in store for me). My hands are clean of this herpangina mess :)

GG said...

Never in my life have I heard or seen the word Herpangina. I have had herpes simplex which is a fancy name for fever blisters. And I have suffered from angina which is associated with your heart....but this word,herpangina, has nothing to do with either of the aforementioned afflictions..as you already know. I did find it online and it is described just like you described it Jess. As a child, and until I was 24 years old, I suffered with the most terrible cases of sore throats that sounded exactly like you described. But I am certain it was not herpangina because I had my tonsils removed at age 24 and never suffered with sore throats thereafter. I used to live on fruit juices because that was all I could swallow and even today I am completely turned off by canned pineapple juice or any fruit juice. Pineapple juice going down my sore throst felt like liquid fire!. Anyway, hope you all get well and recover nicely before the birthday pary on Sat. By the way, I aint comin' if anybody else has this malady. I put in too many years with sore throats to expose myself to another one! GG