I am competing in my first powerlifting meet this Saturday. I have been sick for about 3 weeks now. The first two weeks were just cold-like symptoms, and about a week ago I got hit with another respiratory infection that felt more severe. So I finally went to the doctor yesterday and she told me that I had two infections: one bacterial and one viral,. She took some tests and sent me on my way with a prescription for an antibiotic.
Well I got a call today from the nurse at the office and she said that my test for mono came up positive, and that I couldn’t participate in any sports for a month, not even my school gym class. Now for any of you that are familiar with mono, you will know that it causes an enlarged spleen, and this enlarged spleen is apt to rupture if it gets hit, and thats why you cant play sports. I didnt even bother asking the nurse if I could still lift weights, because I figured she would just quickly say “No” without putting any thought into it.
I would be very disappointed if I wasnt able to participate in this powerlifting meet that I have spent so much time preparing for. I dont even care about all the fatigue and malaise I feel; My only qualm is the enlarged spleen. I can imagine that the intra abdominal pressure when Im under a heavy squat or deadlift would be the most dangerous part. If any of you guys would give your two cents, especially if you have a medical background, that would be greatly appreciated.