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ER visit #3…I have the best friends

I went to work feeling ok…still a mild headache which had remained constant all week.  But I didn’t take any medication at all this week.

I did however make great strides in helping out at work.  After combing through lots and lots of notes, it truly was back to the beginning we needed to go.  So I gathered up what information I had found and went over it with my boss.  At 3:00 pm we had a meeting with his boss to discuss our findings.  At this point we were all very hopeful that this would solve the problems the facility had been having for the past 7 years.  But we wouldn’t know until all the final details were worked out and we actually tried it (for which I would not be there, but on this day I didn’t know that it would be the very last day I worked at this place of employment).  The meeting ended at about 4:00 and at approximately 4:15 pm unbelievable pain struck above my right eye.  It came on so fast and so hard that I wasn’t sure how I would get home.  But I made it and went straight to back to bed.

My first thought was that the spinal headache has returned. Back to bed I go hi ho hi ho.  Laying down helped a little bit, but the pain wasn’t completely gone when I laid down, so there was a chance that it wasn’t a spinal headache either.  I just didn’t know what to do, but by 10:00 pm the pain was so severe that I decided I needed to go into the ER, but this time I was going to go to Sparrow ER.  Now to be done with this bleeping headache (little did I know)!!

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The only problem is that the boys are in bed and I can’t drive myself.  Social media to my rescue.  I asked for a ride to the ER and luckily my dear friend Christina stepped up to the plate.  She even stayed with me until 2:00 am.  By that point they said I would definitely be there until morning when Dan could come get me unless they were going to admit me…at 2:00 am they still didn’t know what they were going to do.  Back in the ER to get a 2nd blood patch (at least I thought this was the problem). Hopefully this will be the last procedure I have in 2015 (If only this were true!)

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This was a smile of relief.  They gave me morphine!

All tucked in for the night at Sparrow. Looks like I will be here for a little while, likely until Monday when full staff is available for testing. But I am nice and warm, my pain is being managed and it is very peaceful.  Counting all my blessings on this very very cold and blustery evening.

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It’s Back to work I go again

Feeling sooooo much better today. Which is good because I had to go to work…no more leave, so it was off to work I go again.  But I was still taking meds for pain…mostly Flexeril, Ibuprofen and Benedryl.  The headache wasn’t completely gone, so I wanted to keep on the same routine so that the migraine didn’t return.  However when I got to work today I felt really weird, like I was floating on air…pretty sure it was the Flexeril.

Thank you for all the prayers for today. I was however able to work the entire day with little to no pain. Still working the desk job trying to solve the problems at work.

I even felt good enough to play a board game with Dan when I got home after we put the kids to bed. It has been a very very long 3 weeks and I am so thankful that it has all come to an end.

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It’s off to work I go…

I called in sick, took a Tylenol 3, Flexeril (a new muscle relaxant that someone recommended I try), Ibuprofen and Benedryl and went back to bed.  And then I got a call from Human Resources that I had to come work.  I didn’t have any more leave left and if I didn’t come to work I could lose my job.  I told her about all the medication that I had just taken, but she basically insisted that I come to work.  So I got out of bed, my head in serious pain and all meds starting to fully kick in.  I definitely should not be driving but I definitely can’t lose my job. Quite the conundrum!  But I headed in to work.  When I arrived I was told I couldn’t do any work because of the medications that I was taking.  Human resources vs. boss made it so that I had to come in to work but I can’t work.  Well except for desk work.

So for the next week I was given the task to figure out why the process we were using to harvest botulinum toxin from C. botulinum.   We had been having difficulty producing large amounts of toxins, so I started going through past documents to determine what we might do to better the process.   So I went back to the very beginning!

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