June 25th, 2001

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awake in the middle of the night


From an email to a friend...



I can't sleep, and I think I'm running a fever. But I think this is moving
through my system sort of quickly. I remembered that I had some of those
all-natural cough drops in my nightstand drawer. They worked wonders that
time when I went to the ER with the asthma attack, and I suspect they worked
wonders last month or whenever it was I last had this stuff. So I pulled
them out and started using them again. I'm already noticing improvement in
the breathing arena. I'm beginning to be sold on the essential oils theory.



The other thing that's interesting is that even though I'm sick and
feverish, I feel like I can think for a change. I don't know if
roughhousing with C did something good to my brain or what's up, but my
mind feels unusually alert for being at this stage of the game. So I thought I'd tell somebody about some things I've been thinking about today,
and you're elected.


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eye report and thoughts about an experience in the car


By the time we left for Indy, the fever was kicking in and I couldn't fight off the sick kind of unrestful sleep. I actually fell asleep with gum in my mouth, and during my sleep I was vaguely aware of worrying that I might choke on it.


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Now, on to bigger and better things. Imagine you're sitting in the doctor's office, and he says, "Crystal clear. Like a piece of glass! I like that!" Then imagine he tells you you can discontinue one of your drops and decrease your steroid from four to two times a day. Then he asks you how your vision is different, and you tell him, and he says, "I believe you!" And you remember the other doctor who thought you wouldn't get any benefit out of
this transplant. You've just experienced my exam. Oh, and I don't have to go back until September!


I have an appointment with the GP in half an hour. I'm going to talk to him about the weight thing and see what he thinks. I'm thinking the answer is if I'm going to try getting off any meds I'll do it one at a time and keep an open mind and get back on them if I start having trouble. I'm also going to revisit the email and the journal from last fall and see what was going on. It could give me a clue. Of course, I'm also going to see what other options he has. Mom did bring it up this morning, and in that case I'm glad I was awake and thinking last night. I did do some research, and I learned a lot that might help. One of the things I said to Mom this morning was that if I use dietary changes to control migraine, it's like diabetes and I can't give in just because people think I'm weird or picky. That much I do know, and I need my family to come to terms with that because it means Mom will have to alter her cooking significantly if I am eating with them.



Ok, enough rambling. I'm off to the doctor.

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doctor report


I'm home, and I am going to have some Dori and Inca medicine. The other doctor visit went ok. He's playing with my migraine meds--took away the Elavil and gave me something else. If I'm still having major trouble with the weight gain issue in a few weeks he'll do things like check my thyroid. He also gave me the name of another ENT since I didn't like the first one. He's thinking a CT scan might be a good thing to rule out "anatomical problems" (e.g. polyps in my sinuses) that might be causing the infections. Those things would be treatable, but I don't feel much like thinking about that now. I'll be on antibiotics for the next two weeks. That should make me a lot of fun, especially if they upset my stomach. But I gotta do what I gotta do. And for now that means going to bed and waiting for my fever to break. Needless to say, no more outings today.

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