Now Playing: Day 656-The Final Road To Survival
Today is the first day of dusting myself off and getting back up on my feet. Time to get back to square 1 and taking care of who's most important. Number #1. Me. There are a few unfinished projects around the house and I am determined as ever to get them completed before spring. Lately it seems spring is already here as the temperatures go from the 30's to the 60's. My spring tulips are already starting to come up. YIKES! Quite a few of my friends in the city are sick. Mostly allergy related but a few others are fighting the stomach virus and that is the last thing this gal needs! Amen.
There are a few unfinished projects around the house and I am determined as ever to get them completed before spring. Lately it seems spring is already here as the temperatures go from the 30's to the 60's. My spring tulips are already starting to come up. YIKES! Quite a few of my friends in the city are sick. Mostly allergy related but a few others are fighting the stomach virus and that is the last thing this gal needs! Amen.
Today I had the first of two doctor appointments for the week. I am going on a little over two weeks with post concussion syndrome. I have yet to get over the waves of nausea and vomiting. I still get horrible head pressure pain that comes in waves almost like walking in a fog. I have also been having one heck of time dealing with these darn seizures. I try not to allow them to get the best of me but sometimes it gets tough especially when I have them two in a row. My doctor is only down the street and once I woke up I figured this might be a better day. I felt safe enough to drive since it was just a short drive from my house. My appointment was at 4pm however my doctor is pretty popular and runs a bit behind. Once me and my friend got back into a room it was a little after 5pm but my doctor is worth the wait! The nurse went over a few recent tests and ran my vitals. I am slowly getting better at checking my blood pressure and sugar levels through out the day. I am doing half of the ole Drano treatment today and will finish the other half tomorrow. I still don't feel safe doing the entire treatment at once seeing it causes horrible side effects.
We waited around ten minutes before my doctor came in the room. He is always nice in apologizing for the wait. I have been seeing him a bit over eight years now and he knows my unique medical case inside and out. Its a huge relief knowing I have complete trust and faith in my amazing team of specialists. He went over all of my current medications then we discussed all of the tests I had done at the hospital. I am still dealing with the post concussion syndrome which can linger for months. Since I already have other existing medical problems it will take me longer to fully recover than someone who doesn't have the same issues. Since I am now having at least 3-4 days of nausea and vomiting a week its quite obvious I am still dealing with the post concussion on top of my Gastroparesis. We also added a new word to the equation called: MS. I have been through various testing for MS through out the past year by my specialists. MS doesn't have a specific test but a range of tests that are done over a period of months to a year based on symptoms. I have been watched by my specialists for over a year now and I have displayed every symptom minus one. Vagus nerve lesions can also be a sign of MS. I guess we all learn something new everyday. All these head issues finally all make sense as well my immune system doing some quite odd things over the past three years. I started having seizure problems almost four years ago and I always thought there was a possibility over the years I might end up with Parkinson's as a complication due to my Idiopathic Gastroparesis. Strange enough I really didn't think of MS as a complication from my Gastroparesis but I wasn't that educated as well on it. Like I said, we all learn something new every day. For now my doctors goal is to get the head issues and flair ups under control. This means taking lots of medication that this gal isn't used to. I went from two to eight. I have a list now to follow while doing my best keeping up with everything. They still need to run blood work time to time seeing where my immune system is and how close I am of putting the flair ups to sleep.
After a very informative appointment I was once again reminded by my doctor that he can't fix me. He can't cure me. No one can. What they can do is their best to help ease symptoms this way the flair-ups can subside hopefully a bit quicker! I told him as long as he can put a temporary bandaid on and allow me a few days of freedom a week I am happy! The post concussion syndrome from the concussion will have to ride itself out. I know my limits as well when its safe to or not to drive. If I run into problems I must pick up the phone and call someone to come get me and my car. So its another part of life I need to work on by altering things a bit but its not like I haven't done it before. Its all in your attitude. Attitude can make or break you.
Once we left my doctors office we stopped and ran a few errands. I got my game face back on. I made peace and acceptance that sometimes in life things are the way they are and I have to make the most of my good days. Amen. The large list of medication will take a bit to get used to but once things ease up on various levels they can cut a few back here and there. Most are to be taken on a temporary basis because as all my doctors as well myself have learned over the years is one thing: Less is truly more!Doctor's appointment visit #1 down and one more to go.
"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination."