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Dear Dr. De La Flor
I recently had mono but am starting to finally feel better. How long do I need to wait before I can I get back to my regular activities? Cheers, Jeff

15.09.2012 - Dear Jeff, This condition got some attention a couple of years ago when Roger Federer had to take several weeks off the ATP Tour due to so called mono (Mononucleosis). Its a common illness caused by the Epstein-Barr virus that can leave you feeling tired and weak for weeks or even months. Mono goes away on its own, but plenty of rest and well-rounded self-care can help you feel better. It is most often seen in adolescents and young adults. Mono can be spread through contact with saliva (also nicknamed the kissing disease) and mucus from the nose and throat. As soon as you get over mono, your symptoms will go away for good, but you will always carry the virus. The virus may become active from time to time without causing any symptoms. The most common symptoms are a high fever, a sore throat, swollen glands and tonsils, and fatigue. Home remedies include gargling with salt water or using throat lozenges to soothe your sore throat. Ibuprofen can help you reduce fever and relieve the inflammation. During the infection your spleen may be enlarged, and impact or straining could cause it to burst. Therefore, please avoid contact sports or strenuous exercise for about a month after you become ill with mono or until your doctor says it is safe. Best wishes. COACHING CORNER by Dr. De La Flor I think the most significant work we'll do in our whole life is done within the four walls of our home. This statement per se is quite moving. Once you consider that these words were uttered by true leader, by a successful father of nine, by an exemplary husband, by an inspiring teacher and well-educated Harvard PhD, by a successful best-seller author, then this remarks truly achieve lofty levels. Steven Covey passed away a few weeks ago, a trailblazer on personal development as well as in family/work balance. ReSOLUTION: For the next two weeks, lets try to focus on our performance at home. Regardless of our past or current circumstances, whether our upbringing was pristine or highly dysfunctional, whether you have one kid or a bunch, whether you are 25 or 85, whether your personal relationship is at its lowest or at its peak, lets try to set some goals and bring it to a higher level. I invite you to ponder on a thought I inherited from my dad. He used to remind me that our good deeds and sacrifices bring grace and love to our relatives and aids the transformation of our house into a home. Inversely, carelessness, infidelity or a nonchalant attitude takes away grace, joy and peace that God has in store for our family and ourselves. In order to lead a healthy and balanced life, we need to make daily sacrifices within the four most important walls. Your family, my family, is a true foundation for mental, physical and spiritual health and well-being. Get fired up! Talk to you in a couple of weeks. Dr. De La Flor, licensed G.P. (38/06089) holds certificates in coaching, nutrition and medical exercise from Berkeley University and the American Council on Exercise (ACE). His medical approach is highly influenced by Positive Psychology; an empowering, encompassing way of approaching patients through the study of their strengths and virtues to enable them to thrive and lead fulfilling lives, accept the past, find happiness in the present, and hope for the future. You can reach the doctor at 00-34-697.888.666 to schedule a consultation in his surgery or in your home/business.

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