I did! I started purchasing things for my migraine cave!! I bought a small microwave off of the Eaton Rapids Virtual Yard sale for $15, I bought room darkening shades so I could take down the sheet from one window and the Mickey Mouse blanket from the other,
I asked Dan if I could borrow his mini fridge from the garage until I can find another one, I bought a table at Goodwill for $10 (hoping the fridge will fit under and the microwave on top) stocked up on water, protein drinks, snacks, food that needs no prep and no storage and some fruit. Oh and oyster crackers of course. I also treated myself to two minion Tervis glasses that were on sale (but I have a feeling they may not stay in my possession for very long. I’ll keep them a secret as long as I can 🙂
It sounds like a lot for my recovery day, but like I have said when I am feeling at all functional I have to things done. Really I only went Goodwill quick, Walmart (in and out in under 10 minutes using a cart) and Meijer (also using a cart). But I am worn out now and am resting.
Looking forward to my friend Dawn coming over to make us Turkey noodle soup and frost some sugar cookies!!
Saturday April 25th: Still feeling very functional today from the nerve block. Four days now and they said it could last up to a week. But since I had a rough night last night I laid low today, so I stayed in bed just to prevent the head pain from escalating.
Sunday April 26th: another functional day. We even went to Sam’s club to with friends and eat lunch. Gideon’s favorite place to eat. It was so nice to get out of the house and do something with friends…it had been so long. Gideon was whipped on our way home:
I think Gideon was also glad to be home as well. He loved being at Grandma’s but there really no place like home in your own bed.
Monday April 27th: My first day home alone and again very low head pain. I attempted a couple of mundane tasks today; laundry and balancing the check book, but it wasn’t long before my head pain increased. But a functional day none the less.
Tuesday April 28th: And another functional, low head pain…this sure has been wonderful. Today I made my first attempt at doing taxes and then I made dinner for the first time in 14 weeks. Pain never went above a 3!! Good day! And here is a random picture of my medicine basket. Half of them are ones that I have tried and the other half are ones that I am currently taking:
Wednesday April 29th: I have been so fortunate with the nerve block actually lasting for this long. I woke with a very low head pain. I spent the day organizing files and then worked on taxes. I was doing a fair amount of bending over with the file organization and that lead to a head pain spike but only to a 3. I believe that stress is also adding to the head pain: money, taxes, becoming functional again, the rental house, a law suit, selling the house, oh yah and we decided to get the old house resided to boot. We are working on getting our rental ready to sell and by we I mean Dan. We would to get the house sided and would like 2 more estimates. Does anyone know a reliable crew that could do an estimate?
In addition to all of this stuff that I have going on with my head…our renters left us high and dry with a house that was a disaster. So in the middle of this Dan has been trying to get over there as much as he can to fix things and what not. And I have begun compiling a small claim
s law suit against the renters and we have decided to sell the house…but it will take quite some time to get it market ready. Oh yah not to mention what was going on at work, short term disability and all the paperwork that had to be continuously filled out.
Thursday April 30th: I still got to wake up with hardly any head pain at all which was wonderful. Most of the day the pain remained at bay and I felt great.
I actually made lunch for myself today. I made ham and cheese roll ups with a little ranch. A favorite in our house really. Anything on a tortilla works for me and then some days I just eat cereal if my headache is bad.
When Dan and the kids got home we all went for a walk down the road. Which I vastly overestimated the distance that I could go. I was almost in an asthma attack and then the head pain spiked really bad and I was completely down and in bed for the rest of the night. But we got a couple of lovely pictures from our awesome walk!
Facebook conversation with my Migraine friend Carrie’s mom Ruthanne:
Ruthanne Manger Ovenhouse:
How are you doing Heather ?
Heather Loose Johnson: When I don’t exert any energy I seem to be functional. As soon as I do things like putting away clothes and going for a walk the headache goes from manageable to severe quickly. Other than that I am enjoying my family time. I have a spray that I can use on my temples that knocks my headache down instantly for temporary relief. How is Carrie?
Ruthanne Manger Ovenhouse: Glad you are having some progress, however slow – I know you must still be so frustrated! She should be released tomorrow am. Nerve block has given her some relief – May last a week, a month or a year. I’m praying for a year
Heather Loose Johnson: Yes praying for the longer the better.
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!
A really funny meme to brighten my day and yours…especially since this is the 100th post I wrote.
Today was a really bad day…all of the activity from the full day of Dr. apts and then garage saling finally took it’s toll on me. I was in bed all day Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. I completely non functional for the 4 full days. It was terrible.