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Sunday, December 12, 2010

I can't believe it's been a month since I passed out, fell, and severely broke my jaw. Thank you all so much for the well-wishes and concern! I'm recovering pretty well, and the doctor said that my jaw is healing very well.

I still don't have any answers as to WHY I passed out. I saw a neurologist on Friday and had an EEG. The neuro exam was completely normal, and I should get my EEG results in a couple of days. The neurologist said that he highly doubts it was a seizure, and he's pretty sure that my EEG will be normal as well. That is a good thing :)

I have another follow-up appointment tomorrow with the ENT surgeon who performed both of my surgeries. I'm not sure what he's going to do, because I know my jaw will still be wired for a couple more weeks. It takes 6 weeks for a bone to heal, and it's only been 4 weeks.

I also have an appointment on Friday with a cardiologist, hopefully to rule out any heart problems that could have caused the syncope (fainting). I doubt they will find anything. Something in my gut tells me that it had something to do with the ice cream I had eaten--as ridiculous as that sounds.

My friend Renee and I had made plans to have wine a couple of nights ago (Friday). I asked my surgeon about it, and he said it was okay as long as I stop taking my pain medication (oxycodone) for 24 hours before I have wine and for 24 hours after I had wine. So my last dose was on Thursday afternoon. By Friday morning, I was feeling a little sick. Friday night I was so sick that I called Renee to cancel. I was sick yesterday too--I've had chills, sweating, nausea, stomach cramps, and trembling. From what I read online, you can become physically dependent on oxycodone in about 4 weeks, which is how long I was taking it. I think that I am having withdrawl symptoms, which is really scary. When I first got the script in the hospital, I told them no--I was scared to take it, because I've heard that it's really addictive. They kind of pushed me into it, and told me that I would only get addicted if I didn't take it as prescribed. I was very careful to take it as prescribed. So anyway, I had planned on resuming the meds 24 hours after having the wine with Renee, but after all this, I've decided not to take it again. Today, I'm still feeling sick, but much better than Friday night. Hopefully I'll be back to normal within a couple of days. The jaw pain is still there, but it's not unbearable. I just constantly feel a tingling in my chin where my nerve was severed, and it drives me crazy.

ANYWAYS, the liquid diet isn't so bad. I usually have a fruit smoothie (made with Boost or Ensure) for breakfast and sometimes lunch, pureed soup for dinner, and pudding for my daily dessert. The pudding was really hard to eat at first, but now that I can open my teeth a little, it's much easier. (A couple of weeks ago, the wires that were holding my jaws completely shut were replaced with rubber bands. I still have metal things and wires running along my gums on top and bottom, but I can open my mouth a little now). I haven't been counting calories at all since I went into the hospital, and I've been doing really well with "intuitive" eating. I eat whenever I'm hungry and I eat a "normal" amount of food, stopping before I'm stuffed. I thought this would be good practice for when I get the wires off--hopefully I can continue eating this way even when I have a huge variety of foods to eat.

I've been running, but not very much. I still try to run every other day, but the most I've run in the last month has only been 3 miles. I'm scared to run outside (fear of passing out again), and the treadmill is SO BORING that I can't stand it. However, I've been toying with the idea of possibly running a full marathon in October 2011. It would give me a good reason to run once I get back in the groove of things.

Again, thank you so much for thinking of me. I hope you all have a great holiday!
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  • v DANELLE34
    You poor thing, that's sounds tough. So glad you're staying strong and keeping your wits!! The 5ks look like a lot of fun...would love to try sometime. Life should be an adventure so don't let yourself get bored!! Keep smiling inside😊💐
    221 days ago
  • v PROVERBS31JULIA
    weird. I tried to send post and Sparkpeople went off on this white page, no confirmation it had actually been sent, and whining about removing the "profanity" or "html" (which I didn't have either). - which I never could figure that out. I was trying to use right pointy brackets to emphasize a word and apparently that's a no-no and so anyway, now I need to figure out how to delete 3 of these duplicates (from where I kept trying to "fix" the problems)?

    so apparently right pointy brackets and left pointy brackets are "profanity." who knew?
    1973 days ago
  • v PROVERBS31JULIA
    Wow, double wow and oh wow... You are Amazing!!

    I only now just read this blog and the one you wrote in November, when the accident happened... sounds like you are on the right track weaning yourself off the Oxycontin. Might speak to the doctor about that anyway - maybe they can give you a much smaller dose. It's my understanding that most medications are dosed on the average of 150 pound person, so by this time you've lost enough weight you're not 150 pounds. They really need to recalculate on the basis of current weight. They also calculate "more" because most people are already used to having other meds in their system. But if you hadn't been taking anything ever (other then the occasional overdose of ice cream - which I hear ya, I'm totally guilty of doing exactly the same thing, and most of those containers now are 3 quarts now - used to be a full gallon.), then the "usual" prescription for the Oxycontin would also be too much. And thirdly, some people are just more sensitive than others to ANY medications.

    About the closest experience to yours I've had on the dental front was having a hole drilled in my upper jaw for the DENTAL implant (I have to say "Dental" before the word "implant" - otherwise, the guys listening all start staring at my boobs!!), and so for the healing afterwards, seems like they gave me Tylenol with codeine (they also gave me that after I kept refusing morphine after my caesarian section when my son was born.) and that works pretty well too. Don't think I've taken Oxycontin so I can't tell you if it is better or worse.

    Running should give you better pain relief, and maybe you need to run-walk outdoors with the kids, get one of those jogger stroller things for the two little guys, just for the sanity break from boring yourself running on the dreadmill ! Just keep the phone handy and teach the older one how to dial Grandma or 911 if you do fall again. As long as you're not eating any more ice cream megadoses you should be okay. I don't think you'll be doing that. What a painful lesson. I should print your story out and paste it to my freezer door so as to remember to NOT buy Ice cream from the Schwan Guy and that way I don't have 3 quarts of pure lustful ice cream there tempting me. I just can't leave it alone.

    Hugs!

    Julia>
    1973 days ago
  • v MARCYNA
    WoW...You're so strong, and in recovery.Maybe the ice-cream stopped your digestive process, causing a congestion. Thanks for sharing emoticon
    2000 days ago
  • v GODZYFAN
    Hey there! I hope you continue to heal and are able to get "back in the saddle" or the sidewalk I guess when you can. I am just coming back to running after having PF and then a pulled quad before that so the treadmill is actually exciting to me! Best of luck and hang in there! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2012 days ago
  • v KATSPARK06
    you're in my thoughts.
    2013 days ago
  • v ELLENT124
    So Katie, how are you doing? Pretty scary, but glad to hear you are recovering...but that was a month ago! Much better now?
    2017 days ago
  • v MARLIMOO
    Wow scary. I am glad you are doing better. That must frightening. I think people have to give the treadmill another chance. It's tough when you first start, but if you get in the zone as you are running, have the music, and the goals in your mindset- the treadmill really isn't that bad. I love it for speed work. Also love it to stay warm. TOO Cold in New England. We had a blizzard Wed!
    2018 days ago
  • v COMPUCATHY
    Glad to read you are progressing and doing well. Sounds like a good thing you got off the medication when you did. Hope your holidays were wonderful and you're in the final healing stages now. Spark on! emoticon
    2019 days ago
  • v OUTDOORMAMA3
    mercy it sounds like you had a rough time of it...it's awesome that you are so close to your goal :) and even hurt you still manage to keep on track :) now thats inspiration & determination. Hope you have a wonderful new year :)
    2023 days ago
  • v FELLE442
    Whew!

    Glad to hear you're feeling much better and healing nicely.
    Take care.....

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    2024 days ago
  • v GIRL_WALKING
    I'm so glad you're doing better! You're still in my prayers. Bestseller's idea is great! Call the Dr.Oz show. You have an AWESOME story, and now adding in that you're still going strong even with a wired jaw, and the before pics, you'd be a great guest! I said the same thing about that Ice cream, it's not ridiculous, and Emilypia may be right about the circulation! Tell the docs you're concerned about your (low)blood pressure and blood sugar levels! There has to be a way to recreate the situation in the Dr.'s office and monitor you- maybe with proper positioning and a glucose drink(like the one they test for gestational diabetes with)? See what more extensive test they can run for those 2 conditions- Tell them you would like to monitor them at home for a few months -even if they don't think it's "necessary", be persistent, get the info/equipment you need to track and log and monitor, that may give you some security back for running outside again. Just some ideas for you, I know it's great to get clean labs but not know can sometimes be worse! Stay strong and advocate for you health!
    2027 days ago
  • v ALMOSTRETIREDRN
    I tend to agree with Emilypia about a possible cause. Good for you on the Oxy...Your doc should be able to prescribe something less addictive if you still need something.
    2029 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/19/2011 5:43:05 PM
  • v JUSTBIRDY
    Glad to see you are getting back to normal.
    2032 days ago
  • v EMILYPIA
    Okay, so here's my two sense for what it's worth. I'm no doctor but I have some serious intuition. When I first read about your accident I typed what my intuition was telling me but erased it because I thought it sounded too much like I was a know it all. I don't claim to know any of this for sure, but from what I feel, this is what I think happened. I'll condense this to make it quick. Okay, you ate an entire box of ice cream and hadn't binged like that in a long time, esp. on that much sugar. So, your body is full of sugar. Then, your son falls asleep on your lap thereby reducing the flow of blood from your heart to your legs. Then, you heave this child into bed (maybe an upper bunk bed ???) so arms up over the head or maybe down low into a low bed, so you leaned down. I've heard you say you have fairly low blood pressure, so sometimes leaning over especially combined with having that weight cut off the circulation in your legs and then carrying a child to bed all can cause some serious dizziness. Then, you said you put in a dvd for your son to watch, probably leaned over again??? Then, you passed out and only recall waking in laughter in a pool of blood. Sometimes when the body begins to process excess sugar it causes an extreme high, which would cause unexplained laughter. So, although I don't think the ice cream per se caused you to break your jaw, I think it was a combination of factors and the sugar in the ice cream contributed to it. This would also reason that your test results were all normal. It's just my feeling that this is what happened. Also, with the oxy thing, I struggled with addiction to opiates in my 20's and tell you one thing for sure, from the feeling you describe, you were on your way to being addicted to oxycodone and were experiencing withdrawals symptoms. Props for recognizing it and taking control. The meds are over prescribed because they do so well at stopping pain but should never be taken every day for that long of time. So glad you are feeling better and congrats on the 120's!!!!!!! That is so awesome!
    2045 days ago
  • v APMAC_D
    I am glad nothing was found in the tests- nothing serious I mean. I am glad you way better than before as far as healing and recovery, I was so worried for you.
    2046 days ago
  • v GOINGFOR20
    Wow, I'm surprised your doctor recommended taking oxy for that long. Normally it's just taken for the shortest time possible- perhaps a week or 2, until the worst pain is passed and you can wean to something like tylenol or advil. I'm glad you've decided to stop taking it now.

    So glad you are doing well with your eating and still running- good for you!

    2048 days ago
  • v JETERSGAL729
    Crazy to be addicted to those meds so fast!! But glad you're off them now! Can't wait till you're fully healed, too bad it won't be before the holidays. But just think of all the "bad" foods you'll have to avoid due to the wires! You're kind of lucky in that regard. lol

    So proud of you for running still - you'll be back into it in no time!! :)
    2049 days ago
  • v KITHKINCAID
    I agree - quitting pain meds cold turkey is hard core. I would have just backed off of the doses a bit at a time. Are you still taking Advil at least or something?

    Congrats on still running too. That's an accomplishment even if it is only a couple of miles. Good stuff girl.

    Glad to hear all your tests are coming back negative. I think it was the ice cream too. After coming back from a vacation where I literally made myself physically ill because of ingesting too much food at times, I seriously believe that the body gets into a state where it's incapable of dealing with what we used to do to it. It's a good thing, but bad for bingers because we still get the mental impulses to do it and then have to pay for it severely when we do.
    2049 days ago
  • v BESTSELLERS
    Wow! That's nuts. Way to quit pain medicine cold turkey. Good thing you noticed your body acquiring a "need" for it.

    PLEASE be on an episode of HOUSE, M.D. emoticon He would TOTALLY figure this out and take the rest of your pain medication. Problems solved! Hahahahaha.

    On a totally unrelated note, have you thought about contacting Dr. OZ and going on his show? Since you have a before picture with him I'm sure he'd love to get you on a show and have you tell your story! Then you can ask him (backstage of course) about the random fainting. He might know. He knows a lot. I'm a fan.

    Glad you are feeling better (slowly) and reaching your goals simultaneously. Hoping you find the answers to your medical mysteries.

    Have a great week! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2049 days ago
  • v TREASURINGLIFE
    I'm very happy to hear that you're progressing well. I hope they get to the bottom of what happened and make it so it doesn't ever happen again. That's some scary stuff. My aunt is going through the same stuff right now. She passed out and then had a seizure the day before Thanksgiving at the grocery store. Thank God it didn't happen on her drive to or from...or while she was home alone!

    Anyway, you're in my prayers. Be safe and keep on keeping on! You are a major inspiration for many of us!!!

    - Michelle
    2049 days ago
  • v STASKER
    So glad to hear that you are making progress!! Hang in there. You will back to your normal self in no time!!
    2049 days ago
  • v HAPPYPATTY1
    Eeeewwww.... I know JUST the feeling. I had surgery several years ago and got addicted to Oxy in FOUR DAYS!!!! I went back on, tapered, switched to percocet, vicodin, etc. (Still got addicted to the vicodin... but that was not as painful to kick). I'm so glad you are feeling better!
    2049 days ago
  • v SPUNKYCHRISTINE
    Holy cow!! You poor thing! I am so glad you're ok. Your attitude through all this is so inspiring. I know you probably feel like you've been a scardy cat, but your feelings come through in your posts and you truly capture your courage. Thanks for being such a good example of grace through adversity.

    Love ya, girl! Get all better soon!
    2050 days ago
  • v BADASSBLONDIE
    I'm not sure the ice cream reasoning is so ridiculous - couldn't extreme emotion play some role, whether in elevating your heart rate, or dropping blood pressure or what have you?

    That doctor is a f*cking tool for saying that you can only get addicted to oxycodone if you "don't take it as prescribed." I really wanna punch him in the face. I agree with him that you needed to be on pain killers, but LYING to you wasn't the way to go about it. *hugs* When you go off it slowly, the withdrawal symptoms are less severe, but I totally understand why you don't want to take it any more.

    I'm glad to see you're feeling a bit better, and I hope you get the wires off soon!
    2050 days ago
  • v DRAFTLOVER
    I think about you often and I wish you a speedy recovery. Heck its already been over a month :)
    2050 days ago
  • v JENN26POINT2
    Hi Kate! I'm so glad to hear you're doing better! Whether you had taken the medicaton for 2 weeks or 4 weeks, you'd still have withdrawal symptoms. It's a nature of the beast. I took percocet (same thing you're taking) when I had my c-sections, but only for a couple of weeks and had the effects you mentioned. I called it my wonder drug and near the end of my prescription, I actually started backing off of taking them so they wouldn't run out so quickly b/c they were very good for the intense pain! If I didn't have intense pain, I just took ibuprofen.

    I hope they take the wires off this week.
    2050 days ago
  • v MAGGIEROSEBOWL
    So happy to hear you're improving. I know that oxy can be addictive, so glad you're getting off of it, but I bet it sure helped during that first month of extreme pain! You are an inspiration to all of us who are trying hard to hit a normal weight. You have achieved that and look great. Keep up the good work, hope the intuitive eating plan continues to work when the jaw is back to normal.
    2050 days ago
  • v KUEENKAREN
    Glad to hear you're doing well with the exception of the withdrawal symptoms. I hope the next 2 weeks fly by and you get your wires off in no time! Will you have them off by Christmas? I bet that would be the best Christmas present! Wish you well, take care!
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    2050 days ago
  • v ASHLEEWEBART
    I am glad for your progress. Hoping you will be feeling much better in a few days.
    2050 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/13/2010 10:33:27 AM
  • v MRSPOLLO
    Hi Katie -- thanks for posting! I've been wondering how your recovery has been going, glad to hear you're on the mend and feeling good enough to run (wow)! Committing to that marathon in October will definitely be good motivation to stick with your program, good luck.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family! ~ Janet
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    2050 days ago
  • v HEATHHILL
    Wow. You are doing amazingly well. I hope you continue your progress and they rule out any kind of underlying issue for the fainting. Sometimes people faint, right? Too much blood in your stomach digesting and not enough to your head??

    Take care of yourself.
    2050 days ago
  • v KDSOSMITH
    Wow Katie, you are doing amazing. You are one determined girl, running! You're almost there. Keep up the good recovery & take good care of yourself.

    Blessings! Dawn
    2050 days ago
  • v AMBERHENLEY
    I'm glad you're doing good and off the pain medication. That stuff is quite addicting. I can't believe they had you on that for 4 weeks. Good luck to you in the rest of your recovery.
    2050 days ago
  • v COLD_GOLD
    good job! hope you get only good news from all the docts!
    2050 days ago
  • v MRSSARAHPHALEN
    Best wishes on you making a full recovey and I do hope they figure out how that happened. Scary stuff.
    2051 days ago
  • v MBG976
    Glad you are feeling better! Just be careful with the exercise. Only because you are not sure why you passed out. Better to be safe than sorry!
    2051 days ago
  • v PORTIA31982
    Hang in there - you're definitely describing withdrawal symptoms from the oxy - my patients who quit cold turkey have the same flu like symptoms - usually go away in a day or two. :-) Good for you for running too!
    2051 days ago
  • v VANILLAMAMA
    Keep up your road to recovery. You are doing amazing. Go with your gut u know yourself more than anyone else.
    Lots of love and well wishes sent to you. emoticon
    2051 days ago
  • v THIRDXACHARM
    You are amazing! Still running; even with a broken jaw. You have been through so much in the last month. Very, very scary about the addictive meds. I hope you're on your way to recovery.
    2051 days ago
  • v FLORENCEMCDONAL
    Glad that you are improving , yes get of the med.
    Hope that each day gets a little better for you.
    Merry Christmas.
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    2051 days ago
  • v HDHAWK
    Congratulations on your continued recovery. Hopefully you have a flu bug instead of it being from the meds. I'm glad you don't need to take it any more.
    2051 days ago
  • v LORIAPO
    Wow, I can't believe you have been running... even if it's not as much as your normal!
    As always, you are quite an inspiration!
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    I'm glad to hear you where able to kick your pain medicine to the curb!
    It sure is scary how your body had already become dependent on it; thus causing the withdrawal symptoms.
    I hope the tingling in your chin goes away for you.
    The marathon in October of 2011 sounds like a great thing to focus on; if that's what you decide.
    I will be thinking of you. Keep doing well with your healing!!
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    Lori
    2051 days ago
  • v JEREMY723
    Best of luck in your continued recovery!
    2051 days ago
  • v TAMLKING
    Glad to hear you're recovering well! Hope the pinpoint the cause of the passing out soon and that all is well!
    2051 days ago
  • v JANESSMI
    Kate, Your stories are very engaging. Look forward to hearing more about your journey. You have done a great job on the weight loss. The way you have dealt with this injury is inspiring. Keep up the good work. emoticon
    2051 days ago
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