Tuesday, September 16, 2014
This entry has taken a while to figure out how to write what I wanted to say. So here I go and I hope it comes out making sense.
Many of you may not know that I am an epileptic and have 2 types of seizures. It's not something I generally share because is has cost me jobs, friendships and relationships. I actually had 1 gentleman friend tell me if I had another seizure, he would leave me. Needless to say, I left him!
Occasionally stress or lack of sleep might trigger a seizure, but I always have an aura (a type of warning) before a seizure. But boy did I have a duzzy of a seizure on September 5th. My family had never seen anything like this seizure and it was nothing like anyother seizure I had ever had. There had been quite a bit of stress during the 3 previous days, I was fighting a serious infection as well as taking an antibiotic. Any of these things could have triggered that major seizure
By the end of that Friday, I ended up at Dartmoth-Hitchcock Medical Center. I was unconsicous for over 30 hours. That doesn't even count the time I was in the local ER. After I regained consciousness, I was in the hospital for another 3 days. I had a lot of time to think during those days. Needless to say, I won't be driving for at least 6 months which is fine by me. When I stop and think that 10 minutes before the seizure I had been driving, it scares the living daylights out of me! Especially since I had been seizure free for more than 5 years.
During the time that I did that serious thinking, I decided to make some changes - very important ones - in my life. Here they are:
1. No more putting myself last. I make sure everyone else in my family is OK, but tend to take care of me last. My health needs have to come first!
2. Work with neurologist, primary care and the surgeon who will replace my hip (yes I decided to have it done) to become the healthiest me I can be. I know that running is no longer an option, but I can walk, hike, ride a bike and another very large list of the things I CAN DO to become a very healthy me.
3. Create a daily ME time. I haven't done any type of crafts in a very long time and these have always been my stress busters or ways to relax and wind down.
4. Keep my life as stress-free as possible. This may sound strange as part of a slife-style change, but it's what I need to do the most for me. If this means cutting back on certain things, or staying away from certain people for a bit, then it's what I will do.
I hope that this all makes sense. I am not usually a blogger, but I needed a way to put my thoughts in print.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
I had my first cortisone shot on Monday and I almost danced out of the Orthopedic clinic!
What a huge difference. No pain when I walk, go up the stairs, and even when I tie my ! I couldn't do the sneakers before.
I went for my first real walk in almost 4 months today and it felt wonderful. It was a short walk - 15 minutes - because I don't want to start to quickly and mess things back up, but it was the best walk in a long time. I felt so energized when I got back and my mood since I got home yesterday is 100% better. I don't feel discouraged and am getting back on track.
I want to thank everyone who supported me with comments during this difficult time. All of your comments helped and were truly appreciated.
To You All!!
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Fear can be a terrible thing, but when you let it control you it can be very destructive. And I learned this the hard way.
In a previous blog, I learned that I was going to need hip replacement surgery very soon. I let this take over my life. But sometimes the wise words of friends can point you in a different direction and mine was to get a second opinion. I am so very glad that I did.
Yesterday I met with a different surgeon and he advised that I not have surgery and that I start with a cortisone shot to the hip. It changed my total outlook. From fear to hope. It is wonderful to have a doctor listen to what I have to say and offer an alternative to the big "S" word - Surgery.
Instead of hiding in my home in fear, I went for a walk today. I have made a schedule for myself that will include ST and some light cardio. I also started doing some research on Spark and a couple of other sites for cardio workouts for people with arthritis. I won't be able to run anymore, but I can walk, swim, hike, kayak or bike all I want. Running is was a dream of mine, but not something that was an absolute necessity.
So hear is to learning that there is always hope around every dark corner.
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