shutterblogI know this is a bit long for "Insta"gram, but it's been awhile since I've given a medical update, so here goes... I have a neurologist appointment this week. I've been switched up from every month with my neuro to every-other-month, so I haven't been in for several weeks. (I've had a few "unrelated-to-migraines" medical stumbling blocks / doctor's visits during that time, but they weren't neurological in nature.) The mini-pharmacy you see here is absolutely amazing when compared to where I was this time last year. I have the equivalent of a 2-3 month stockpile this year, for the amounts I needed a year ago. (We continue to fill everything on time because you never know what's ahead... But seeing everything stack up there, at least for now, is a huge mental boost!) There were several months in 2012 and 2013 where I would completely run out of migraine pills and injections and Todd would have to go get a sample bag full to get me through to the next refill. Now I have about 20 shots in the cabinet, more in my purse, and two different tablets with full boxes..... .....See comments for more!
- shutterblogDon't get me wrong - I still have A LOT of migraines. I'm usually in quite a bit of pain that I just grin and bear it through. I am not healthy by any stretch of the imagination. If the 'healthy you' suddenly became the 'I'm getting better' me, you would probably think you were dying. But I'm not dead yet! One of the biggest improvements has been pain management. Last fall I refused to go back to the pain clinic I as stuck in, and had a huge heart-to-heart with my neuro about it. I did not want to be on 24/7/365 narcotics any longer. I felt like I was stuck in a mouse trap with them constantly dangling cheese in front of me that I didn't even want to eat. I don't have problems quitting medications cold-turkey, so I did just that and told my neuro, "We're doing something else." We switched up some medications, took some away, added some new ones in, and I got the ability to only take strong pain medicine in individual doses when I needed it, instead of just being left in a stupor. That's been HUGE for me not only physically, but mentally as well. I still cannot leave the house very often, and going up and down the stairs each day is a full workout for me. But I CAN do things like paint my nails, fix my hair on occasion, want / buy new shoes and lipgloss for the rare times I do get out. Like . . . normal girl stuff. And more importantly, normal wife and mommy stuff - like going out for "first day of summer ice cream" and birthday train rides!
- tamarazziHere's hoping that you continue to get healthier!
- shutterblog@tamarazzi - thank you SO much! That's the plan! ;)
Log in to like or comment.