Friday, February 20, 2009

I think I'm going to get better

I could write a REALLY long post on what I've learned about migraine headaches in the past two days. But it wouldn't make much sense because it's all still swimming around in my brain and it's not able to come out my mouth or my fingers and sound like I'm smart and I like to sound smart.

So a synopsis is what you're going to get:
I have had migraines all my life and not known it. From headaches around the time of my period in college to headaches from allergies and what I thought were sinus headaches, all were actually migraines. It seems some people have very low tolerance for migraines and also have lots of migraine triggers, that seems to be me. Something, we're not sure what (I have an inkling that it has something to with construction on my gym) triggered a migraine at a time what I had all sorts of other triggers in my system so my headache has not gone away because my body can't handle all that is being thrown it's way right now.

Right now I'm taking a steroid pack to hopefully "reboot my brain" as my doctor told me. He is keeping on my same suppressive medication and I will see him in a month after I have an MRI which he says will show I have a perfectly normal brain. I also have to read a book called "Heal your Headache" because he does not want me to be dependant on medication to be headache free. That makes me happy, I already take enough medicine as it is. It's kind of a diet, but not a diet because you are cutting out foods and additives that are common migraine triggers. Here are a list of things that I eat or drink everyday that I have to stop eating or drinking:

All caffeine
artificial sweeteners
citrus fruits
peanut butter and all nuts

So I drink two diet cokes everyday, a grapefruit and and a yogurt and peanut butter toast. So, that right there tells you I am going to have to change some of my menu items, aack. But, if it means no more headaches I can give up every single one of those things. The whole list is lots longer but those are the ones that I had to stop cold turkey because why drag it out? Will I have to give them up forever? No, just until my brain stops freaking the heck out over every little thing, I think the book said 4 months.

There you have it! I hope I'm on my way to recovery, I am determined to get better. I've been a horribly frustrated, grumpy, sad person the last few weeks it's time to see a change!

On a side note I'm home with Bowen today, he caught a bit of a tummy bug he has recovered nicely. Hopefully we will have a super healthy weekend.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Head of Headaches

I'm going to see him tomorrow! If you remember I've been having horrible problems with headaches since December, I've been on two suppressive medicines, no relief.

I finally cried about it last night and I hate it when I cry about things when I can DO something about it instead. So, I researched a doctor last night and prayed. I prayed that God would make this easy for me because I didn't think I had the strength, patience, heart, to fight for something that took months. So, I called the clinic this morning fully expecting to get an appointment sometime in April and the receptionist said "the head of out headache clinic has an opening tomorrow at 9:40". It was like the angles were harking and heralding and sun was beaming down on me! I took the appointment and tomorrow I will be talking to someone who knows a lot more about headaches than I do. Ya. Hoo.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Kicking Butt and Taking Names

If I told you I had begun a new workout program this week you might think this is what I would be saying, but it isn't.

The title of this post is what P90X is doing to me. Let me tell you guys something: it's hard. Really hard. I've caught myself talking to the television several times saying things like "you've got to be kidding me" and "jeez" and my personal favorite "son of a bitch".

This is a 12 disc program that takes 13 weeks to complete. You have to take before pictures and take all these measurements, do the 13 weeks and then do all the tests and measurements again and see how far you've come. I'm totally pumped about it for lots of reasons. First, it tells you exactly which workout to do on what day. I love that because, I don't have to make stuff up myself. I love being able to workout at home and not have to leave the kids to go to the gym. And I LOVE that it's hard as hell! I complain a little but I'm smiling inside because I know I'd never push my own self that hard and I know if it hurts I'm going to have to see some results.
I'll keep everyone updated periodically on how it's going, if my arms aren't too sore to type.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Dude Obviously Doesn't Live In His Car!

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What in the world does that comment have to do with my car passing State inspection? I felt like driving off with a certain finger waving in the air, whatever Nissan dude.
I planned a longer post but Laine barfed 2 minutes before we left for church this morning so my day has not gone as scheduled, she seems not to be too sick, but you never know.