What do you think of this one? Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender, Steve Mason, has been diagnosed with mononucleosis but his team has opted to continue playing him unless “he takes a turn for the worst.” In fact, they think he’s been ill for about a month.
I understand that he’s got the best GAA in the league (2.06) and leads in shutouts (7) but I seriously hope they aren’t pushing this kid too hard. He’s a rookie and while it is true that he’s cranking out a performance that will make him a top contender for the Calder Trophy, I hope they are making his health a priority.
The Mayo Clinic and most other sites say that someone with mono should be resting and taking in as much fluid as possible. Mason is doing the opposite – he’s working very hard and he’s sweating out a ton of fluid. The disease has some serious complications too – enlargement/rupture of the spleen, liver issues, inflammation of the heart, swollen tonsils that obstruct breathing, etc… Even better is the fact that Mason could spread this to his teammates.
Honestly, I just think this is an overall bad idea. If he’s got an enlarged spleen and he gets hit, things could turn tragic. I know it sucks to have to sit out when you are doing so well but you don’t think Sidney Crosby was hurt to sit out of two All-Star games? You don’t think Martin Brodeur was crushed to be sidelined on the cusp of making history this season (and, yes, with a torn bicep he could have played – I saw guys doing that at the Super Bowl yesterday). They didn’t play because it’s stupid.