For those of you who read our blogs, you are aware that I (Kate) had Hepatitis A. It was a crazy 3 weeks! First, I got a high fever with a lot of fatigue. Then I had a mild fever (100 F) and nausea/vomiting for two WEEKS. I got very dehydrated and dizzy and TIRED. After 10 days of sickness without 'normal' symptoms like a cold or Malaria or something, I began to try to diagnose what was wrong.
I had pain in my ribs, high up in my stomach and up in my colon area and I... well... I hadn't pooped in days, so I began thinking of a friend who had the same symptoms who ended up in the hospital with colon cancer. I know, a bit dramatic, but I couldn't piece together my symptoms. My friend had complained of nausea, constipation and that 'pregnant feeling' and pressure on her stomach and that is exactly what I felt like (due to my swollen liver, but I didn't know it at the time). So while curled up on the bed on day 10 (Friday), I moaned to Johnny, "I need to see a doctor." (I never go to doctors, not even when my babies are born!)
So I slept and even cried (mostly because I was SO hungry, but I couldn't eat or drink anything-- reminder, I am breastfeeding and Emma was eating constantly!). Finally, on Monday I went to see a doctor, he did a lot of tests but found NOTHING. The doctor prescribed antibiotics, and sent me home.
After that, I began to turn yellow. I didn't really notice it until a friend of mine came over, and when she saw me walking down the stairs, I saw her jaw drop. I thought it was because I had lost weight from not eating, but it wasn't. She just gawked at me and said, "Your eyes! What's wrong with you?"
At that point I had NO idea what was wrong with my eyes, but when I looked in a mirror, I saw it too. It was kind of scary, but turning yellow was the best thing that happened to me out of it all.
Now I had the key to my illness! My liver had been damaged, and I was jaundiced. After talking to my dad on the phone, he suggested I have my liver function tested. It showed that all was well EXCEPT my biliribun count. The doctor said, "Hepatitis A."
There's no treatment for this virus, but it goes away within a few weeks. Fortunately, now I am completely well, however, Andrew and Butterfly both got it as well. Johnny THOUGHT he might have it, but he just had a mild stomach bug and is just fine now.
We are all doing much better now. Thanks for the prayers!