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Roller Coaster Weeks of May

Week of May 9th: I was still on prednisone until Wednesday.  But I was exhausted every day.  Gideon ended up staying home with a fever Tuesday through Thursday and we pretty much laid around during that time.  My head pain may have been low, but my body was completely out of energy.  So we sat, watching TV, playing on our electronics, napping a lot, even Gideon.  Head pain actually remained low until Saturday, but finally on Wednesday, I got some energy back and so did Gideon, but was still running a low grade fever so I kept him home one more day.  We had a fun day of going to lunch, Walmart, lots of garage sales and then to Miss Tammy’s (his daycare before I lost my job).  Man was I whipped when I got home though.  Friday started my day with a sore throat and pain into the chest.  I was thinking it was a yeast infection from the prednisone especially because I had it down there and on a place on my stomach…so not fun.  I just felt crappy all day.  I tried to go into town, but only lasted an hour and then back to bed for me.  I woke Saturday with a migraine starting but didn’t let that get me down…at least with the help of Imitrex it didn’t get me down.  So we packed in the car and went to a few garage sales and had lunch out.  By Sunday I was completely exhausted and slept almost all day.  Migraine most of the day when I woke in spurts.  I did rally in the evening to get the kitchen cleaned, the boys to clean their bedrooms and bathrooms and organized the laundry to fold and hang…it was really beginning to pile up.

Week of May 16th: Monday in bed all day with a horrible migraine for which I finally had to take a Toradol shot just to take the edge off.  Tuesday I woke with the migraine, but took Amerge ( a Noratriptan that takes quite a while to take effect but works for a long time) and went back to bed until 1:30pm.  I got up showered and felt like I had some energy back again.  I was supposed to meet a friend for a late lunch/ice cream but that fell through, so I13265911_10154115930606897_534315005628657821_n went and ate at Taco Bell for a late lunch by myself.  I ran a few errands and hit Goodwill for a few amazing finds…Body Glove surf suit for Gideon $8 and it fits perfect, white leather Keds for $4 for me which is what I was looking for and a pair of garden shoes for $4 and I love them, they are bright green and make me happy 🙂 And then went crazy and folded all the laundry, hung up hanging clothes put it all away..and if that wasn’t enough I emptied out my entire closet to make room for all of  my clothes that not only fit but were some amazing garage sale finds and to make room for my new addiction: LulaRoe.

The rest of this week is a mystery to me really.  I woke up on Wednesday with a great deal of energy and very little head pain (1/2).  So I called my friend Mindy and we went to lunch and hung out all afternoon and chatted all day.  Then in the evening the family went to Josiah’s school for a walk-a-thon type thing and I walked 1 1/2 miles.  I was so scared…I knew I would end up with a migraine that night or the next morning, but the mystery is…I didn’t.

So Thursday I woke up feeling ready for the day and spent the entire afternoon with my friend Carrie, hitting garage sales and Meijer towards the end of the day.  Friday I went to Josiah’s field day at school for 3 hours which was so much fun and I am so glad I was able to go and participate in something this year with the schools.

Then went to ready care because a pain in my neck, possibly lymph nodes had been bothering me, he put me on antibiotics and sent me on my way. I slept until 3:30, visited with my parents and then we all headed in to Gideon’s school for his school Carnival. And again I was so pleased and excited that I got to participate in something with the kids for their school.

Little to no head pain all day and into the evening.  I did do a Toradol shot, but that is because my body was aching 🙂  Then my parents took the kids and Dan and I just hung out all weekend, hitting a few garage sales.  Saturday night we hung out with our friends Stephanie and Jared until 1:30 in the morning.  Still no head pain.  I was even wearing my regular glasses without the tint.

Same for Sunday…I did have a bad reaction to food, but other than that another great day.  It’s a mystery!  I was actually having feelings of guilt because I had gone so long without a migraine.  How weird is that?  I was also very confused…was this going to last, was the medicine working, I just didn’t know.

Week of May 23rd: Monday was another great day.  I spent most of the day relaxing at home though just in case.  But it was nice and quiet and had no responsibilities that day and that felt good..no where to go!  Then as I was on FB a notification came up from one of the virtual garage sale sites and I just happened to click on it.  It was a piece of property.  10 acres of land, with great hunting potential.  I contacted the owner and asked if we could take a look at the property.  So after we had all eaten, we headed out 14.5 miles from our house was this beautiful piece of land.  Oh my goodness, we were instantly in love.  Rolling hills, woods, the view, the potential to maybe build some day, photography potential.  So we walked all the way to the back of the property which was quite long.  When we got to the wooded area it was tough to walk because of all the prickers, so Josiah and I chose a different path and we ended up in the swamp.  It took all of my energy to get to the back of the property and then I was digging for extra energy to get back.  We saw 4 deer and a rabbit in our short time there.  The sun was setting and we were in love.  We didn’t really think about how we would pay for the land, just how beautiful it was and the potential it had.

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And then I had no more guilt, I knew the answer to the questions I was asking myself…the13241196_10154132262611897_3871821648081814738_n head pain returned and with a vengeance.  Ugh.  I went to bed with the pain rising and woke with the head pain at a 5.  I took an Imitrex and went back to bed because I had a hair apt later that day and of course I had to make it 🙂  By the time I 13233015_468205046703984_2698938692415491479_ngot home the meds were worn off and I was back to bed and in bed all day Wed and Thursday.  Friday, I woke with the migraine still, but took Amerge because I was done with the pain.  Luckily by 1:30 when I woke up the meds had done their job.  So I went in to town to see the back about financing the property (after chatting with Jennifer our realtor, she told us that there was a possibility of financing and I made some calls and found out that was indeed true).  I got all the information about getting pre approved for the loan and what it would take to get the loan.  20% down…ugh.  If we got the property for $32,000 with realtor fees we would need $7000 to put down.  No idea really how that could happen.  So I put that aside and started driving until I found a garage sale sign which lead me over towards the property.  I decided to go look at it again.  When I got out of the car, I felt this amazing peace.  So I decided to pray about this property and if it was to be in our future or not and to please make it clear 😉  One can always ask!  And wouldn’t you know it, when I left the property, 2 houses down there was a garage sale.  If you know me, or have at the very least read this thread, I love to garage sale.  It must be a sign, right?  🙂  hehe j/k  I won’t disregard it, but I won’t put an offer in based upon that “sign” 🙂  I picked up the kids from school (a treat since they have to ride the bus and walk home) and then picked up pizza.  My parents met us at the house and took the kids off for the weekend.  After they left, Dan and I sat out front and just enjoyed the peace and quiet and listened to the birds and talked about our day without interruption.  And then the guy next door started mowing…inside I go.  Allergies are kicking my butt this year.  So now to spend Memorial Day weekend however it takes us.  But I will gather all the necessary documents needed for the pre approval for sure.

 

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Garage Sale Addict/LulaRoe Addict

Apparently when I feel well I tend to shop: both online and at garage sales.  I have always loved garage sales and auctions ever since I was little.  And it has been such a bummer that I haven’t been able to go much last summer.  Online shopping for LulaRoe is a new addiction but it is also difficult to do when I have migraine.  So much to scroll through, so much to look at that it is overwhelming.  But this weekend I was taking prednisone for a 5 day booster pack to give myself a break from constant pain.  That didn’t quite work out the way I was hoping, but with the help of my abortive Imitrex I was able to both shop online and go to garage sales all day Saturday and back to one on Sunday.

The first group of sales, flea markets and goodwill stops that I made, I scored big time with 18 dress shirts, 1 maxi dress, 5 summer dresses, 4 knee length skirts, 1 scarf, 1 sweatshirt, 2 Capri pants, a pair of jeans, and 2 pajama shirts…bring on summer.  35 items for $60.  Now I just need to feel well to wear them.

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Then on Saturday we hit a huge Subdivision Sale and went to probably 25 sales, but one of them was a super hit for me: I got 6 camisoles, 12 dress shirts all Lane Bryant $13 total. Happy Mothers Day to me! I Guess I better start looking for more pants 😀 But I definitely need to empty my closet to make room.

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And then just in case, since they had so many clothes still left, I asked if we could go to the sale on Sunday…it was Mother’s day after all 🙂  And sure enough they were just packing up, but they let me look through everything again.  This time I ended up with: 2 capri pants, 2 dress pants, 1 pair of jeans, 12 sweater tanks of all colors and sizes, 6 more really cute tops and 6 sweaters/cardigans for a total of $23.

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Now I need to clean out my closet to make room for all of these fun new clothes.  I could have put together so many wardrobes together this weekend for adult men/women and kids. What an awesome subdivision sale!!

AND THEN CAME LULAROE: I was gifted a pair back in April and I wore them all of the time.  Well last week I was invited to an online party for Lularoe and I thought I would check it out.  My friend Mindy and cousin Teresa also joined me…we had so much fun chatting and showing either other what we got.  My first 3 leggings LOVE them:

And then there was another sale during the week last week and I bought two more pair of leggings:

Should I have stopped, yep!  But I was feeling so well over the weekend and there was a huge 30 vendor online sale that I bought 2 more leggings and a maxi skirt:

AND NOW I HAVE TO STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Although I can’t wait to get them in the mail 🙂

So the next time I feel well again, I will have to go through my entire closet and clean it out.  Soooo many clothes that don’t fit anymore since Migraine hit and so many old clothes with holes.  It’s time for a fresh start.  Luckily my mom loves organizing as much as I do…just need to find a time when I am not down with migraine and my dresser won’t look like this anymore:

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Garage Sales

IMG_4581Ready to go to some garage Sales. Just a couple. I am feeling very well this morning PTL. They warned of severe head pain. So I iced 20 minutes each side for 8 hrs and did a Toradol injection to help with swelling. I will take out the ice pack before going into the sale.

So excited about my garage sale find today. I love love love my new purse and I have been wanting a thirty one lined bag for my swim stuff. $20 for both in perfect condition. Worth it for me.

May 23rd

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Garage Sales Next Door! Yay!!!

Because I am still in the relief period from the nerve block, this could not have come at a better time I am so excited that all of my neighbors were having garage sales today. It was so great to get out for a walk and to go to several garage sales too!!

I took this picture when I started down the road and encountered my first garage sale sign.  I was beyond excited when I saw it so I had to take a picture!!

May 15th

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Heading Home

Gideon and I are on our way home after 6 weeks being gone. Looking forward to my own bed for sure but i am going to miss my nice dark room and all the help that my mom and dad have given me. I am so grateful. Gideon is going to miss riding his bike and going for long bike rides with papa. He is also going to miss playing with the ice cream playdoh set and playing games with grandma. He has had so much fun with his grandparents. He is also going to miss his cousin Login Loose and massages and movies and wrestling. I too am going to miss Login and the massages that he gave me when my headaches were at their worst and gave me such relief. So while we are excited to go home we will miss our family in Midland.

I started the morning out with very little head pain.  However with the drive home, picking up Josiah from school and doing garage saling I was done for the day.  Head pain spiked to a 4 quickly.  So I took a Toradol shot, did the spray and went right to bed.  Still lots of jaw pain and my forearm is still hurting.  But I am HOME and I am so excited to see my boys, see Dan and am very excited to sleep in my own bed.

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April 25th boys

 

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Nerve Block Temporary Success

Had a great day! The steroids from the nerve block really calmed the headache down. And then today I got my numbing spray for the nerves/trigger point. My mom Sherry Dunne Weaver and I had quite a time figuring it out but we got it. But both the steroid combined with the spray and I got. To be functional today. I hope the steroid lasts longer than they anticipate because I it so wonderful to be functional.

However, some of the meds are leaving it difficult to concentrate or think very. Always side effects. But we went to Walgreens and 1 garage sale this morning and then out to dinner to at the restaurant where Login Loose made some rockin nachos. And at the end of the night still a low level headache. I am going to be so bummed when steroids wear off. But will enjoy my time of relief.

I have been so very thankful for my parents taking us in and for taking care of us!

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A really funny meme to brighten my day and yours…especially since this is the 100th post I wrote.

April 24th

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First Garage Sale of the Year

Today I accomplished something big for me. I went to several garage sales. It was so liberating. I got a bunch of clothes that will fit me right now. No exercise of any kind not even normal walking around does a number on ones body. And while it was wonderful getting out of the house, there is a downside; the daily persistent headache/migraine doesn’t tend to like all the commotion. So the second half of the day was bringing down the head pain. But it was so worth it. Most of you know how much I love to garage sale.

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I got a really cool stool for a couple of bucks and a flip out matte that Gideon was already laying on that night 🙂

The daily persistent headache/migraine is still ever present. All day every day. It only becomes truly debilitating when I overdue something. I am able to use heated rice bags to give temporary relief when I need it. I also have a few meds that I can take to try and reduce the headache some because I cannot take any pain relievers. My vision has become more and more effected, the stuff far away is becoming more and more blurry. Hopefully with the headache gone someday the vision will restore. Just a few things from my dr apts yesterday. they decided some physical therapy on my neck might be helpful. The physical therapist also showed my how to stand from a sitting position to minimize my back pain. Also how to climb stairs. Simple things with amazing results. She also found two trigger point that made my headache instantly worse and then she sprayed a lidocaine spray on that reduced my headache to nothing for about 5 minutes. It actually kept it below my baseline every day headache for a few hours. It was awesome!! And I can get a prescription for it smile emoticon. I was given some good advice about entering back into large groups like church and bible study. I started to learn some biofeedback but the darn computer was acting up but at Least I was introduced to it. The PA I met with was pretty sure I had thrush but it’s hard to say because it isn’t getting any worse. I am going to give my new med for my headaches a few weeks to work. The next apt will be with the neurologist, physical therapist and psychologist (to learn more about biofeedback) in a month.

Michelle Govitz: My goodness Heather, I’m praying this pain is completely relieved for you! I can not imagine going through all that you have been. You do seem to have a very positive attitude which is great for you and shows others who are struggling with their own type of pain that one can face it with dignity and faith in God ♡
Heather Johnson:Thanks Michelle Govitz. Not every day is so positive. But I do love a good garage sale smile emoticon. But seriously my docs have my depression and anxiety under control otherwise I would never have been able to go to a sale or a restaurant or pretty much leave the house. It also helps that my parents Sherry and Bob Weaver have been so unbelievably supportive and have kept me from burrowing into my bed every day. Gideon cheerful nature and all those praying for me all together have kept my spirits mostly positive.
Michelle Govitz: I can imagine there are days that aren’t very positive! ! I have chronic depression so I know how hard those not so positive days can be you just always seem to slip some good news in with all this mess you’re dealing with. That’s fantastic! I see so many who just…sort of give up and become the illness. Keep fighting and we will keep praying.
Kathy Smith: My heart aches for you, Heather. Prayers continue.