27 December 2008

Ahhhh, Saturday

Hello, again!

It's Saturday morning and I'm finally awake after going to bed at 2:00, not falling asleep for quite a while, then being awakened by a thunderstorm (?!???!!!!) soon thereafter. At least you can say this about the weather, it definitely keeps the local meteorologists on their toes! We were even under a tornado warning and/or flash flood warning. Odd for December, but that's what we're used to dealing with.

The headache stayed pretty bad all day yesterday. When I first got up this morning, I thought it was at a little more manageable level, but by the time I had taken a shower & gotten dressed, it was at least as painful as it was yesterday. The location of the main area of pain shifted a bit, but the intensity hasn't changed.

I have no idea what we'll be doing today. J&J are going over to the Light side (of the family) this evening, so we'll probably just hang out at home again today. They went out looking for turntable parts yesterday afternoon. Other than that, we've been sitting around watching movies and even complete series on tv. Good thing we all like the same type of shows, eh?

No other activity here. Blog ya later!

26 December 2008

The Day After

Well, we all survived Christmas. Surprised and pleased my mom by showing up for the Christmas Day service at Bethlehem Lutheran with Josh and Jenn in tow. Joe, Mell, Brianne and Melia were also there. After church we all went to Mom's for dinner and gift opening. We had a good time and some great food. There was prime rib for us carnivores and salmon for the "kids" as they're all Pescatarians (vegetarians who eat fish). How it happened that the next generation doesn't love a big, juicy steak is beyond me!

At any rate, we enjoyed good conversation, great food and wonderful gifts.

The headache bothered me quite a bit in the morning. I ended up having to leave the sanctuary during church as the sound/stimulus pushed the pain up to an intolerable level. However, after finding a quiet area the pain subsided. The rest of the day, when pain would start to ramp up, I would close my eyes for a while (I've discovered that if I remove some of visual stimulus, I can somewhat slow down the pain escalation). I managed to get through the rest of the day without a major pain episode.

I finally slept well last night. I hadn't slept soundly for a couple nights. However, I woke up with a much worse headache than I had when I went to sleep. J&J had been up for a while and were catching up on this season's "Californication" episodes. We have no major plans for today and will do whatever strikes our fancy as the day progresses.

I'm off to find some breakfast. Love to all!

24 December 2008


My present's here!

Josh & Jenn got in about an hour ago. Since none of us had eaten lunch, we went to BD's and stuffed ourselves. They're both doing great and looking great, too. Of course, I'm a bit biased.

Happy Christmas Eve!

Josh & Jenn get here today! They drove to St. Louis last night and will finish the journey today (waiting for roads to clear). I can't wait to see them.

Bobby left this morning.
Oh, well. I had kidnapped him and taken him to Atlanta for Thanksgiving, so he's headed home for Christmas. He'll be back eventually. I already miss him. This will be the first Christmas where we aren't together at least most of the time for 10 years or so. Who's going to make sure I don't push myself too much????
The headache's still pretty bad. Yesterday's trek to work/Credit Union was about all I could handle, sad to say. Too much stimulus for me, I guess. It kind of proved to me that I can not handle multiple inputs right now. I'm really tired of this pain. Within a minute of waking in the morning, I'm aware of the pain. The only question is where it will decide to center itself each day. The last few days it's been hanging out from the temple area to back about halfway across my head.
It looks like we'll have a white Christmas. Since I'll have to leave the house, the snow's not nearly as pretty as when I could just look at the window at it. At least we won't have a long drive to Mom's for Christmas.
I better go eat now. Enjoy your day, everyone!

23 December 2008

Excitement's building!

Ok, so maybe that's overstating it, but at least I'll be doing something different today - leaving the house! I need to go make sure the money I need is in the appropriate accounts, so Bobby's going to take me to the Credit Union after he gets off work. Of course, if I notice the weather starting to get bad before then, I'll drive myself. And pray the whole time that I don't get one of those stabbing pains that make me close my eyes. But then, I always try to avoid that! At least the dizziness is less common, so I'm not quite as concerned about that...but I also haven't tried driving in a while. (I'm not counting driving the cool little cart around Sam's. However, I did realize that things "zipping" by in my peripheral vision made me a bit woozy.)
I got an early Christmas present yesterday - some wonderful English Muffins from Mell & Joe! They are outstanding and I think Wolferman's has gained a new customer. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
The headache is about the same today as it was last night, which was pretty bad. I can handle short conversations, but after a bit even talking is painful. I much prefer the written word today. I can read/write a bit at a time, and it doesn't matter if I stop for a little while. The mute button on the tv remote gets a workout, because noise can make the headache worse. It's amazing how much better daytime tv is when you don't listen to what they're saying! I'm definitely learning patience during this.
Matt's still working on one of my projects at work. He called me yesterday trying to get some help in determining how to set up some file/folder structures with the hyperlinked index. In my great mentor role, I told him I hadn't a clue and to just do what worked best for him. Awesome advice, right? Hey, I do the best I can with what I have to work with. Fortunately, he's a bright guy and will figure out a good solution.
Time to shut up and take a break. Love you, everyone!

22 December 2008

Ow, ow, ow

Not only is the headache getting slowly worse today, my stomach's upset and I'm short of breath, too. Laundry's getting done, though! Just not too sure anything else will get done. Been playing games on facebook to pass the time as it doesn't require real thought or any movement. Just another day in paradise!

Mundane Monday

Ahhh, here we are again. Monday. Yay? It's one day closer to...something, I guess. Since I didn't hear from the neurologist's office, I can only assume it will be January before I get seen by him. Oh, well. Not much I can do about that.

Headache's bad today. Not terrible, but bad. It's centered right on the top of my head and has been getting steadily worse since I got out of bed a couple hours ago. Nausea's been coming and going the last few days, but I've had very few dizzy spells recently. (I put off the BPPV physical therapy stuff for a bit...don't want to start doing something until I've met with the neurologist).

If only this headache didn't make it difficult to do most everything, I wouldn't feel so blah. Since cooking is a multi-step process, it's hard for me to maintain concentration long enough to cook a real meal. I'm doing laundry today....even though I know those "cycle's done" beeps are going to hurt (if I turn the sound off, I forget to go shuffle the laundry around).

Meanwhile, when I got out of the shower this morning, I noticed a strange discolored area on my left leg, just above my knee. I had noticed the same thing a few days ago, but thought it was just from resting my laptop there prior to noticing the mark. Now I don't know what to think of it. A picture is below, if you can see anything in the photo.

Good news is that Josh & Jenn will be here sometime on Christmas Eve!

That's all the thinking I can do for now. Love to all!

21 December 2008

Sunday So-So

Well, it's Sunday. Not much different from Saturday. Cold's better, headache's worse. After a short stretch of pain at the base of my skull last night, the main pain has relocated back to it's favorite spot - from just above my eyes to halfway back on my head. It feels like someone removed part of my brain and inserted a very heavy rock instead.

I have a feeling it's going to be another day where I just try to get through it without crying from the pain.