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Vacation with Migraine

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I took a nice long break from my blog while I was on vacation in Florida.  Mostly because the beginning of the vacation was dealing with head pain and migraines and fatigue that I never got on my computer and the second half of the vacation was spent keeping my little man, Gideon, comfortable because he became sick on Tuesday (the day I finally got medicine that would allow me to have more energy and less head pain, prednisone).  All in all we did make lots and lots of fun memories and have so many pictures of course that I am sure we will look back on this vacation with many happy memories.

Then we got home late Sunday night got the car unloaded, unwound and went to bed.  Monday I spent the entire day in the ER with Gideon…luckily his fever broke and he is doing much better, but he has been home with me all week.  Now it is looking like both boys will be home tomorrow and maybe Friday for a snow day.  Guess I am going to have to wait until next week to truly unwind.

The one thing I have to say about vacation with migraine is not as I expected.  I think I was expecting to go on vacation and everything would be great…a vacation from migraine because I said so…but it was not so.  So “My Family’s New Normal” keeps taking shape.  Everything was so much better when I fought to get a script for prednisone though…I was finally able to have the vacation from migraine and life 🙂  It was also very well timed so that I could take care of Gideon as well.

In the days to come I will write a few posts about my vacation and post a few pics!  But I am looking forward to having things wind down here at home.  Unfortunately with a winter storm comes more head pain.  Migraine started as soon as I awoke this morning.  Might be a long rest of the week and weekend!

That’s all for now folks!

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Pics from Florida

There were no pictures from the first four days of the trip because it took 2 days of driving and 2 days to recover from the drive and dealing with head pain.  I finally left the Condo on Sunday with phone in hand to start taking pics.  It was beautiful outside, which also meant it was very bright, but the fresh air was wonderful.

Josiah found a bunch of college kids that let him play along with their beach games.  He loved it and it gave me some time to just take in the beach.

Grandma and Grandpa take the boys over to learn how to play Horseshoes.  And just some hanging out at the condo.  I was able to get a prescription for prednisone so that I could also join in with everyone in the fun!

Going for a walk with the boys…down to the beach and around the condo’s.

Lots of beach fun!!!

Dan had such a great time flying his planes on the beach and I think the boys and Bob enjoyed it just as much.

And then we were off to the pool

Quite a full day!  I had lots of energy and the boys were having a blast.  Next up was Tennis lessons.

Wednesday was a day mixed with great fun mixed with a sick kiddo!  We went to the Gulfarium and about 20 minutes into the tour Gideon said he didn’t feel very well.  He was burning up and fell asleep on my lap.  He perked up a couple of times so he could see a few things.  Grandma and mom took turns staying with him while he rested.  The Gulfarium was awesome though…great shows!

We stayed at the Gulfarium just long enough to see the sites and see the dolphin show (which was worth waiting to see).  But then we went straight to CVS to buy a thermometer and motrin.  The poor kid was burning up.  The rest of the day was low key and Gideon slept for most of it.

After a long night and lots of meds every 4 hours and laying low on Thursday morning, he was ready for the pool.  We thought it couldn’t hurt, plus it would help with the fever.  So off we went to the pool.  Then Josiah had to go straight to his tennis lesson.  Gideon was definitely not up for a tennis lesson.

Gideon came back to the condo after swim and wanted to play a game so we brought out Zombie Dice…always a good time for all 3 generations.

The one thing I had wanted to do while in Florida this year was to capture sunset pictures and silhouettes, so I convinced everyone to come to the beach for some pictures.  And I’m so glad that they did.  So much fun and some great pics!

We had decided to take Gideon in to an Urgent Care because we have not been able to get his fever under control and he continued to run a fever over 102.  My IceKap was very helpful for him and he asked for it…so glad I could provide some comfort.  Urgent care was very helpful in one way…they were able to give us the proper dosage of Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen for his age and weight.  The Ibuprofen was the best at keeping the fever down, but it always jumped back up when he was due for more.  The Tylenol didn’t do much at all.

We knew he was sick because he kept falling asleep on our laps.  Luckily I was on prednisone and had the energy to keep up with his needs.

Our last night on the beach…after the correct dosage of Motrin, Gideon was up for the beach.  We drove down and when he was done, we were done.  But it was a beautiful last night on the beach and Dan had great success with his new plane and even got some applause from the people in the high towers 🙂

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See you next time Destin, Fl!

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Gideon’s Concussion

At the hospital again to rule out a concussion. Just a little concern but probably nothing.

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Update: he is good! Just have to keep an eye on him. He is getting headaches and is really emotional. Over the course of the following 3 weeks he started wetting the bed every night, could not find words and the words he was using were pretty slurred.  We were very fortunate that over the course of time everything returned to normal.

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Urgent Care visit #3: the day after Hospital discharge

Came home with sore throat and all kinds of crud, so I decided to head into the Mid-Michigan Urgent Care-Midland to get it checked out.  The picture below is after I tried to brush the gunk off of my tongue.  So gross!

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I didn’t want to get anything else and I wasn’t really sure what was going on with my throat and tongue so I am protecting myself.  There were many people in the urgent care that were coughing up a lung so I just decided to be proactive.  But on a positive note, my hair is clean and shiny.  

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Update: appears to be a viral throat and mouth infection. I was thinking that it was thrush and it still could be.  The swab was to confirm a negative on the strep test but that takes 48 hours to get the results. So hot tea it is for me.  Thank you to Dawn Sprenger Loose (my sister in law) for the awesome cookies. They are nut free. Yay! So peppermint tea and a shortbread cookie and all should be well.

April 17th

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Urgent Care Visit #2

Headaches sure can be debilitating:(. Home today after a 3 day battle with a headache caused from work  stuff. Physically not stress caused. But a headache nonetheless. My brain feels like it is swelling. I am
ready to just be better and healthy!!

Chiropractor or Urgent care?!?! I called our chiropractor and they’re not open so I decided that the unusual nature of headache will land me in urgent care. So much has happened in the last week that I just wanted to make sure this wasn’t from meds, alleIMG_3986rgic reaction and more drugs. No relief by any meds or Dan adjusting me for 4 days. The swelling is all encompassing in my face, head and down my spine. So could be out of alignment could, be anything. Ugh!

So I went to Urgent care and the doctor pretty much just prescribed me Toradol in pill form (which didn’t do anything) and said t
o take Benedryl.  When that didn’t seem to do anything for the headache, I called back into the Urgent Care and they prescribed me Tylenol 3 with Codeine.  The doctor at the Urgent Care also said it might also be helpful to go to the chiropractor, so I found one in town that was open and went straight there.  That didn’t seem to help either. So I’ll just keep taking the Tylenol 3.

 

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January 21st…the day our lives changed

I had a Dr. Apt with Dr. Avula my allergist on Jan. 21st to discuss further testing of foods and other possible allergens.  It was also my day to get my regularly scheduled allergy shot.  But because I was also seeing the doctor a different nurse did my allergy shots.  There are three possibilities that could have happened during this particular set of allergy shots: 1) the dose was just too high for my system, 2) I was given the wrong dose from the correct set of vials or 3) the next set of vials were mixed up and the dose I was given was actually 10 fold higher than I should have been given.  We will never know.  When the shots were about to be administered I asked the nurse if this was going to be my highest dose so far.  I was wondering because I had been having increasingly more swelling around the injection sites.  As soon as I asked her the question, she responded with “oops” and she put one vial down and retrieved a different one.  It was strange, but I just thought I was ask about it later.

I got the injection and then the Dr came in and we started our discussion about options. when my first sneeze came.  Throughout the conversation, I became more congested and kept trying to sneeze.  Both of my arms began to itch very badly (which normally doesn’t start happen until about 2 hours later).  I started scratching all the way up and down my arm.  No one seemed to notice anything.  By the time I checked out I was sneezing. This was about 30 minutes after the injection when I checked out.

By the time I got to the car I knew something was wrong and I took a Zyrtec to help the allergy like symptoms.  And then we went to pick up Gideon from day care about a mile from the doctors office during which time my nose started to run and my eyes were starting to burn and then I started to cough.  Josiah instantly recognized that something was wrong when I started coughing because he suffers from asthma.  So I called the doctors office and headed directly back to the office but the doctor had already left and was not answering his phone.  I sat at the office for about 5 minutes waiting to hear from the doctor or to figure out what I should do.  Instead I googled anaphylaxis and immediately left the doctors office and headed to Urgent care.  I still had not heard back from my doctor and as it turns out he had not turned his phone back on and his staff were freaking out, even his wife because they knew that he needed to get a hold of me.

In the Urgent Care, I still had to fill out forms even though I told them I was in anaphylaxis, but once they called me back they moved fairly fast.  I itched everywhere, especially on the palms of my hands and the bottoms of my feet…I even bruised the bottoms of my feet from trying to scratch them with my big toe.  I could no longer breath through my nasal passage and my air way was beginning to close off.  My face had also began to swell.  Oh and I had both boys with me through all of this.  Luckily they both had electronics and sat quietly in the corner…although they were very interested when they started giving me shots.  Dan was still at work and was on his way.

I learned a very valuable lesson from this visit to urgent care…when you are facing a life threatening situation GO TO THE ER!!!  But as soon as they had me in the back they gave me a shot of epinephrine and gave me Benedryl and Prednisone.  And then they left the room.  I was not hooked up to monitors and they had not started an IV.  In fact I was on a chair like table that I couldn’t even lay down on.  Pretty sure they should have sent me to the ER (especially since they were in the same building).  But the first shot of epinephrine didn’t work, so they had to give me another one…and soon after I could begin to breath again and the itching on my hands and feet were starting to calm down.  On the flip side the effects of the two shots of epi were taking full hold.  I was shaking everywhere, even my butt cheeks were shaking.  So weird!  And then they just let me go home and said I could drive.  Again I am pretty sure they should have sent me to the ER and a good lesson about going to the ER instead of Urgent Care for any kind of allergic reaction.  Instead of driving right away, we dropped off the script for Prednisone and went to Taco Bell for some dinner.  Once we picked up the script I was feeling a bit less shaky and decided I would just drive as carefully as I possibly could.

So we headed home having no idea what this day would lead to in the very near future.

April 17th