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The Trials and Tribulations of Getting Sick on Homecoming Week

features - mollie sickby Mollie Green

End of the term is the time for a student to crank things out and get all of their work turned in to make sure they can receive the best grade possible.

For me, this was not the case.

Homecoming week is the most fun week of the year! Spirit days, picture taking, game time, and then the big dance. Being a cheerleader, I was required to put a lot of time and effort into this week. So I stuck feeling bad out Monday through Thursday, then by Friday I knew it was time to go to the doctors.

Walking into the doctor’s office, hoping and praying that it was only tonsillitis or strep, I eagerly sit in the waiting room, waiting for my name to be called.

There it was, “Mollie.”

I walked into the room they told me to go in and sat on the bed. The first thing they did was test me for mono. Going all week long, not feeling tired, I wasn’t expecting it to be mono in the slightest. The doctor stayed in the room with me and asked me various questions about my fatigue, and then she was interrupted by the nurse who walked back in and said, “The mono test came out positive.”

I felt like an idiot but I couldn’t remain calm. I busted out into tears because all that was running through my mind was, the pep rally, the parade, the game, the dance, all activities I had been preparing for with my squad the whole week and now it has been put to waste.

The doctor was going to make a compromise with me until she saw my throat. She said I would not be able to do any of the activities I listed above and said I was to be out of school for a full week.

So I went home, lay on the couch, and stayed there. After the weekend past and the school day of Monday was over, my mom called the school to see if I had any homework, and I actually didn’t have much. But being in AP Language and Composition, I am missing timed writings and multiple choice.  She calls after every school day and I get my assignments over the phone.

It’s really hard to stay on top of things being a senior and having so many senior activities to do. Also being a cheerleader and not being able to fully participate my last two games of my senior year. But the only thing left to do is rest and not to push myself and that is something I have learned the hard way. But there is always second term to pick it up again!