But 1 didn't. Two days later 1 was in an isolation room with an ominous diagnosis: rule out spinal meningitis. They did, but it took me months to recover. This was my third spring in the hospital. Two years earlier 1 was hospitalized with a severe case of mono; the following year with a severe case of the flu. Now this . . . this what? Final diagnosis: viral infection ofunknown origin.