Medical Update

Author: Vivid Muse  //  Category: Chooch, Dizzy, Family, Our Kids, Vestibular Migraine

Out of the last two weeks I’ve had migraines for about ten days. It’s hard to keep track, and some are just partial day migraines but it’s been a lot. I knew this was possible, but I did not expect it. I’ll admit that my childish, wish-upon-a-star was for vast improvement as the meds left my body. No, I didn’t actually expect it, but I did hope. And while I didn’t expect to feel significantly better, I also didn’t expect to be in near constant pain.

I took the last of the migraine preventative meds Thursday night. Wean-down is over. Now the plan is to wait a few weeks for them to leave my body and see how I feel. I have to confess that neither Chooch nor I are encouraged. I’ve already received the natural alternative, Migravent, and I’m itching to pop the bottle open. The frustration at the lack of pain relief is immense, but I’m trying to stick to our plan.

Of course, the timing of course couldn’t be worse. Semester is ending and I’ll need to request and extension for the online course. I just won’t finish. Kinda hard to write an essay and take tests when you can’t read the materials or stare at a computer screen for more than a few minutes at a time. The other class is a disaster of a different sort, and I’ll finish on time with our “final exam” on Thursday.

Let’s not forget Christmas. The boys arrive on Friday night, and I can’t wait to see them again. It’s been three months since I’ve seen Naughty Bear and four and a half months since I’ve seen L.T. Their visit is the bright star in my night sky.

We’ve finally started with Christmas decorations. The tree is up and the lights will go on today, but the ornaments will wait until Saturday when we’ll do them as a family. The other indoor stuff will be done today as well, hopefully.

If not for Amazon, I’d have no Christmas presents. It’s entirely likely that few local businesses will receive our consumer dollars and that Amazon will again reap the benefits of my inability to run around the crush of holiday shoppers. This bums me out as I see my little town struggling in the current financial climate, but I don’t really have many alternatives.

I’m thrilled that the boys will be here in a week, but am more than a little overwhelmed at what is on my to-do list. I’m trying not to stress and just relax and revel in the time with them, but old habits die hard and I want to make the holidays magical for them. At this point, it’ll feel magical if I can squeak multiple days out with a clear head.

Bring it on, holidays.

6 Responses to “Medical Update”

  1. Heather Welliver Says:

    While not nearly as bad as you have, I have been migraine heavy this season as well. It’s tough to have to suck it up and sometimes it’s impossible. Had one the other night where I couldn’t even sleep because of the pain. Yuck! I haven’t done any in town shopping either but have done some of it on Etsy so I at least know the money is most likely going to another struggling American and not a fat cat corporation. I must say, we have an addiction to saving and spend entirely too much money at places like Amazon.com and Target. We were listening to the radio the other day and heard about an USA made clothing company who makes mostly jeans for about 40 dollars and was having a special but for the life of me I can’t remember the name. Nothing a little reasearch couldn’t fix if you were interested. After all, I remember the discount code for 25 percent off LOL
    I am trying to remember to put an effort into supporting small business as much as we practically can. It would be easier if we had jobs and weren’t so worried about penny pinching. A catch 22 of sorts I know.
    Don’t worry about making things perfect, your family loves you and you’ll be together and that’s the most important thing. I know you know this but I figure, a little reminder can’t hurt!

  2. Maplers070 Says:

    This year hasn’t treated me well either with my migraines I’ve started having new symptoms such as seizures… Only thing that gets me to not have them is plenty of sleep and avoiding food with nitrates and sulfites ..

  3. Viv Says:

    I’m glad you are finding relief. I’ve made similar changes, and also avoiding caffeine and aged cheeses based on my doctor’s instruction. I hope things continue to improve for you and that we’re both pain free in 2011. *crossing fingers*

  4. Maplers070 Says:

    Yes Viv I hoope that you should find your triggers and be pain free…

    If I’m not mistaken I posted some stuff on the coh Podcast boards 2years ago (I was 14 then lol)

  5. Vivid Muse Says:

    Thanks! And yes, you did! I remember it well! Time flies, right?

  6. Maplers070 Says:

    Last time I checked they were fruit flies… Unless you made a new discovery lol.

    Yes it sure does! Any beware I’m getting my license soon and I’m now a junior! 17 next month.

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