Kathy's Thoughts

My thoughts on life around me and trying to find the true me.


Since the rest of the Northeast is talking about Nemo (when did we start naming snow storms by the way?) I figured I would give the topic a rest and talk about something else.

First, I must apologize for ever thinking that a migraine was just a long-term headache or a headache where you just needed to be in a dark room for a little while. 

A migraine can be that and so much more.  I had my first ever migraine just recently and in fact, I still haven’t totally shed the damn thing.

I learned some things while enduring the hell that is a migraine.  I learned that your tolerance for yapping little dogs decreases.  I learned that the volume and pain from an MRI increases!  I also learned that ER’s can be pretty entertaining if you are placed in the hallway by the room where they put the crazy people.

The most important lesson I learned is that if you are given the choice to laugh about your situation or cry, choose to laugh.  Life is too short to sweat the small stuff.  If I am going to go tomorrow, I want to go laughing.  I don’t want the nurses glad I am gone.  My hospital roommate and I (technically my second roommate, I had the first evicted) had a great time because we had the same outlook.

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The Journey continues

For those of you that have been following my journey to “find” myself, here is an update.

A few weeks back the Neurologist proclaimed me to be, “100% neurologically healthy”.  This didn’t explain why I still have pain though.  He recommended a Rheumatologist.  Last week I went for x-rays of my hands, wrists and feet.  They showed that I have normal hands, wrists and feet.  I also went for blood work.  A year ago my Rheumatoid factor was a little high so we wanted to compare it to this years number while also testing for Lupus, Sjogren’s and who knows what else.

Guess what, I am Rheumatologically healthy as well although due to the first Rheumatoid factor she wants to check me again in a year to make sure I don’t develop RA.

Where does this leave me?  Frankly, it leaves me a bit peeved!  My body still hurts me.  I couldn’t even stand up this morning without being in pain.  I have no answers and it is depressing me.  I am a 41 year old woman.  I should not have pain like I am ninety!

So the journey continues to figure out this mystery I call my body.  If you have any ideas or suggestions of things I should rule out, please comment.  In the meantime, stay healthy yourself.