Crazy as a Loom

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Checking in.

Just a few photos and a hello.  I know you've all been wondering where I've been.

Whoever said recovery from surgery on your head was easy?
The Alleve that the doctors put me on twice a day, to inhibit bone growth, started to have some nasty side effects.  So I emailed my doctor, and he told me to stop it.  So I did.
About a day and a half later, I felt like someone had hit me in the forehead with a baseball bat, complete with nausea.  
At first, of course, I thought the worst.  I worried. Here we go again.

Then my daughter suggested that maybe I was having a 'rebound' headache from taking the Alleve twice a day for 3 and a half weeks.

The overuse or misuse of pain relievers -- exceeding labeling instructions (such as taking the drug three or more days per week) or not following your doctor's advice -- can cause you to "rebound" into another headache.
When the pain medication wears off, you may experience a withdrawal reaction, prompting you to take more medication, which only leads to another headache and the desire to take more medication. And so the cycle continues until you start to suffer from chronic daily headaches with more severe headache pain and more frequent headaches.
Pain reliever overuse appears to interfere with the brain centers that regulate the flow of pain messages to the nerves, worsening headache pain.

The next 48 hours were horrific.  Not just a headache, but a sick headache.  Oh, joy.

But I think it is letting up at last, and I think she was spot on.  Just what I needed, right?

I feel pretty much like a slug.....getting just about nothing done.   I have managed to keep Roy walking though.

The weather has been crazy, cold then wet, then warm, then windy.
With occasional sunshine.

 Poor Lois has been holding the fort.  
With not much help from me.

I am hoping this passes quickly, and I can get back to my "old" headache.
There's nothing like the devil you know.

 I read a story today about a young man who fell out of a tree stand, while he was hunting.
He crushed C3,4,5, and was paralyzed from the neck down, on a ventilator.
They extubated him so he could answer their question:  do you want to be on life support, or not.
He didn't.
They left him off the machine, and he died several hours later, with 75 family members and friends in the room, singing to him.

One thing that I have always been terrified of, is being paralyzed.  I would also choose the alternative.

I am glad they gave him the choice, and didn't try to make it for him.
I'm done letting people "inside my head", for real.

This is going to be a table runner, it is much thicker than the towels.

 Here are four more towels off the AVL.  Red.


  Still doing a day at a time.
Dreaming of better days to come.  


Deb said...

I'm sorry to hear you're not doing too well these days. I wondered. The weather has changed quickly here, too and I know that can contribute to terrible head-aches. I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Stay strong...I know you will. Sending a big hug, Deb

Peg Cherre said...

You know that this, too, shall pass, Hillary. That's the good news...and sometimes the bad news. Let's just hope that what it passes to is reasonable, and lasts for a good, long while.

claudia said...

I was beginning to wonder what was going on. I had hoped you were just enjoying life to the fullest and Dale. Sorry about the rebound headache. This can't be easy for you. Hang in there dear friend. I pray that this too will work itself out and you can partay on...

JC said...

You know I am so hoping that it will continue to get better for you. Each day, each moment.

Give Roy a pet from me.

I keep telling myself that I need to buy something from you. I'll have to take a look.

Know that I do think of you often,


thewiildmagnola said...

Working your positive attitudes must be near impossible, but you would be sunk without it, you are a fighter.

Praying you will march through this to headache free.

Anonymous said...

Keep on keeping on. I'm glad that you and Roy are still walking.

I saw an article about the hunter too. A heartbreaking decision to have to make, but I'm glad that his family was willing and able to honor his wishes.

The towels look great, by the way.

thotlady said...

Hang in there. Love the towel colors.

mray said...

Happy you have a very smart daughter! spot on , indeed. Wishing you continued good days.

Karen said...

I sure hope by tomorrow you're feeling a heck of a lot better. Drink plenty of water -

Jeez, you'd think they'd be aware of these side effects and help you avoid them. :-(

Rita said...

I'm glad it was a rebound headache. Good you got off the Aleve, though. Beautiful work, as usual. :) Looks so lovely there.

Dizzy-Dick said...

Actually, we only have today. Tomorrow may never come, but if it does we will have to deal with it when it gets here and I hope you don't have a head ache tomorrow.

Vicky said...

I'm dreaming right along side you! It does take time and more patience than ever to keep trying to go back to life as we knew it before. Praying the headache subsides for good and that some healing and recovery are around the corner for you!! Hugs- just keep holding on!

Daryl said...

did you ask the doctor what you should/could take in place of Aleve? i am wondering about tylenol ...

gorgeous photos ..

feel better my friend

Rain said...

Oh lady........ Hang in there .....
Rain :)

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