I don't think it was mono, because my 71 year old mother caught it from me, and I feel like she's surely had it by now. It's possible, though, because I have no CLUE what it was.
It was so odd. Really never been sick like that before. Not that it was the worst sickness ever, but I felt terrible one day, basically fine for a few days, then BAM, super-sick for a week. It tricked me into thinking I was well! I really hope I didn't infect anyone - I was at the theatre three times that week. Giving it to my mom was bad enough. She got it a lot worse than I did.
What concerns me is that it definitely is bigger than it was before, but only slightly. Hence the usual lymphoma fears. Also, I still have a cough that's aggravated by things like climbing stairs, and it's been weeks.
Also, something else weird about this bug - despite the nasal and chest congestion, my mucus stayed clear the whole time, no yellow or green that usually signals the body's response to an infection. Literally never had that before. It's not disturbing me so much as it is bewildering me. This whole illness has just been so strange!
I really am worried about lymphoma though, just like I used to. So frustrated, because I thought I was improving with my HA. And yet even as I type this, my brain is going "well, it's different this time; it's not HA, you clearly do have cancer now!" Warring brain factions, and I don't know which to listen to.
I'll be calling the doctor to make an appointment on Monday. I am, at least, getting better at listening to what doctors tell me. I hope I don't lose that, too.
Thanks for replying, BTW, and I'll ask my doctor about mono when I see him. I'm curious to know WHAT this was and if he's had other people with it.