Chronic Migraine Warrior

Chronic Migraine Warrior

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Apartment Hunting

My husband and I arrived in Texas Thursday evening. We're so excited to be back, but we can't wait to get our own apartment and get everything moved in... it's still in the to-be-determined-when, transition state.

We looked at apartments at the beginning of June (last time we were in town), and we went out to look again today. There are a few more that I'd like to take a look at, but we're narrowing things down... mostly me, since Jeremy isn't as picky about apartment stuff like I am. With my migraines, it matters what lights are around the apartment, which way the windows face, and random other tedious details.

So, when we were out checking out apartments today, there was one thing that was said by several different people showing us the apartment models that really bugged me. They asked where Jeremy works, and he told them. Then, they asked me where I work... so, I said, "I don't." To which I received this response: "Good for you (one lady then said/wrote that I'm a homemaker)." Are you kidding me?!?! Yea, 'good for me' that I'm unable to work. I know that it was one of those things that people say and that there was no way for them to know that I couldn't work, but THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK, PLEASE. Some things sound so simple and neutral, but can be so hurtful.

Just because I'm at home / not working, doesn't mean that Jeremy gets to come home to a Susie Homemaker wife...



He comes home to a wife that is more like this...

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Packing for Our Move

Packing to move is not the most exciting thing to do! I really don't like the process... it's just so depressing to see all of the pictures and decorations taken down and packed into boxes. We've actually gotten quite a bit packed, but it seems like it's never-ending.

I've actually done a pretty good job with pacing myself, though I've had either a bad headache or a migraine the past two days.

I'm so excited about moving back to Texas, but... stress is stress, regardless of whether it's positive or negative. And, stress equals more pain. Even great changes can lead to more pain. 

"You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses" (Ziggy / Tom Wilson)

Well, on with the packing!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Texas-Bound

I know I've been away from my blog for a while, but we have AMAZING news!!! Jeremy got a JOB in TEXAS! We're heading back to our HOME state... NEXT week!

We're packing like crazy people... I can already feel it bad in my back. I'm trying to PACE myself by taking plenty of breaks (and making sure I eat/drink)... but it's DIFFICULT, when the timelines is so short. We're only moving the 'essentials' right now (we'll stay with family, until we get an apartment in Texas). But, I want to get as much PACKED as possible, so that we'll be able to get moved quicker (once we get an apartment).

I can't even begin to explain how BLESSED and EXCITED we are! I've been having some lower pain days for the better part of the last week or so, which has also been such a BLESSING. We have A LOT of packing to do and stress to deal with, but we're FINALLY heading home... and starting a new chapter of our lives. :-)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Insomnia

SLEEP has always been a frustration for me.

Before the accident, I didn't want to sleep because there was so much that I wanted and/or had to do. I didn't want to have to stop being productive to rest.

Then, I was in the car accident. It was difficult to sleep because of being in so much pain. Over the past few years, there have been various side effects from medications that affected my sleep.

So, INSOMNIA has been a struggle for a long time. I've tried sleeping meds - sometimes effective, sometimes not (if they are, they normally wipe my memory... and I wake up about 8-9 hours after I take it and can't get back to sleep).

My doctor started me on Melatonin a month or so ago (I had tried it some before my accident, but it didn't help). Around the same time, I started taking CoQ10 twice a day. I thought that it might be the CoQ10 that was causing me to have trouble sleeping, so I started taking my PM dose a few hours earlier (I also take Lyrica in the PM). But, the trouble sleeping continued. It's been taking me thirty minutes to several hours to get to sleep, and then I wake up after only a few hours have trouble getting back to sleep.

I looked up Melatonin information online, and I found that taking high doses of Melatonin can actually cause sleep disturbance. I've stopped taking it for a week or so, and I've been getting to sleep alright. My doctor wanted to increase my dose, but I haven't tried that yet... not sure I even want to.

Here's hoping for more restful sleep...
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