Catching Up With Where I've Been
Friday, September 28, 2018
In August, I had a radio frequency ablation (treatment for migraines) on the back left side of my head. I have had many of these in the past, but this is the first one in four years. I've never had an issue up until this point in time. Previously, the ablations were done in a hospital setting. This ablation was done by the same doctor, just in his office instead of the hospital. So far, I would not deem it a success. The healing time on this procedure is 4-6 weeks. I am currently at about six weeks.
I had my follow up appointment last week with the nurse practitioner. The purpose of the appointment was to check my healing progress. The left side of my head is numb to the touch and throbs. I experience pain if my hair is moved or if I sit up for any length of time. I was supposed to have the right side done one week after the left but I canceled the procedure. I am so glad that I did. The nurse practitioner agreed with my decision. She saw that I have increased range of motion, however she was slightly concerned about the length of time my head has remained numb and throbbing. She assured me that it will go away. I'm really scared that it may not.
In the midst of all of this, I went to visit my daughter, her hubby and the three dogs (we gave to them after I broke a vertebrae in my back in February). The dogs greeted me with joyous abandon! All three of them slept on top of me the first night. Unfortunately, my SIL also had his family come during my visit, even though I questioned whether or not I should change the date several days before my trip. Did I mention that they have a small apartment? He had assured me that his family would be staying elsewhere and it wouldn't be a problem. Then he proceeded to demand that my daughter go off and do things with his family and then he wanted to invite all six of them over for dinner. I was afraid this would happen. With the exception of a fabulous ladies lunch with some good friends (friends for 36 years) the visit was a disaster.
It was wonderful and therapeutic to see my friends. They are so supportive! We have the kind of friendship where we can see one another once every couple of years and it seems like we've never been apart. It is very special.
During my visit, I had hoped to try to do some walking in the hopes of burning off some stress. The weather wasn't very cooperative. I was glad when it was time to go home. The night before I was to fly home, my SIL decided that I needed to take one of the dogs back with me. (I had offered to take any or all of them back any number of times before.) I immediately said yes and had to rush to cancel my flight and rent a car to drive the dog and me home. It is 924 miles from their house to ours. The trip took me two days. I never thought I would be able to drive the whole thing by myself. I did it! The cost to me physically was great. Think......7 days flattened with pain. Zeus proved himself to be an ideal traveling companion. He slept the whole way. I only stopped one time the first day (potty and lunch break) and then I stopped for the night. The second day I got breakfast and hit the road. We stopped for lunch and a short walk and then on to our house.
The next three weeks were an adjustment period for Zeus. He hasn't been separated from the other dogs since we got him as a tiny puppy, so it has been difficult for him. He is a very anxious little guy with separation anxiety. We took him to the vet who was happy to see him again. Hubby and I discussed our concerns with the vet and she evaluated him. He is in really good health but is an extremely anxious dog. She gave him some medication which helps somewhat, so far. Zeus was never a lap dog before but he did like to sit close. Now he wants to be held all the time. This is understandable. We play with him a lot and take him to the doggie park to play. As the weather here begins to cool, we will take him for more walks. He is very happy being back with us and we are happy that we have him too.
I have finally gotten back into my exercise program even though I still have head pain. It has been a very long six weeks! I am doing Silver Sneakers twice a week and doing home therapy and walking on the other days. It feels good to get back into some sort of a routine especially an exercise routine! Zeus, hubby and I will be fine.