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My little diagnostician

January 13, 2010 - Karin Elton
In health class, one of my daughters had to pick three diseases to study. She chose rabies, West Nile and bipolar.

She said I fit the symptoms for all of them.

She said she almost chose leprosy to study — what is leprosy? I told her a leper’s nose, fingers and toes fall off.

Anyway, now I’m curious. I gotta Google the symptoms of those three lovely afflictions.

West Nile virus: According to the Center for Disease Control, “symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness, and body aches, occasionally with a skin rash on the trunk of the body and swollen lymph glands.”

I’ll cop to the rare headache and regular tiredness, but I don’t know about the skin rash on my trunk or the swollen lymph glands.

Bipolar disorder — sometimes called manic-depressive disorder — “causes mood swings that range from the lows of depression to the highs of mania... When your mood shifts in the other direction (of depression), you may feel euphoric and full of energy. Mood shifts may only occur a few times a year, or as often as several times a day. In some cases, bipolar disorder causes symptoms of depression and mania at the same time.”

OK, maybe she’s got me this time. I don’t know about the euphoria or the full of energy part, though.

Rabies — “Anxiety, stress, and tension.” Oh, I see where my little Dr. House is coming from... “drooling, convulsions, excitability, loss of feeling in an area of the body, loss of muscle function are among the symptoms.

Hmmmm....good thing she didn’t study leprosy.


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