About this Blog

~Hi, my name is Courtney. I was a full time college student, starting to be a dancer, and used to work with kids part time, living on my own until my illness disabled me.
~I became sick in 2005. I created this blog in the summer of 2006 to record my "headache" diary and to see if anyone finds it interesting.
~12/2006 I lost my job then after, failed a year of college.
~2/2007 Dx Lyme Disease with Bartonella: prescribed 8 months of oral antibiotics. I'm not even sure if I ever had the Lyme Disease.
~11/2007 The doctor took me off medicines while I was still improving but not fully recovered.
~6/2008 Dx Chiari I Malformation by a neurosurgeon in Beverly Hills.
~8/2008 Decompression and Lamenectomy helped 80% of my problems.
~2/2009 Dx Hypermobility by an Orthopedic Surgeon/School Doc: Started PT, dancing, going to school and working.
~6/2009 Started working full time as an Infant-Toddler teacher, which requires lifting. Dancing part time, maybe I'll finish school eventually...lol
~12/2009 Dx Chronic Sinusitis: Stopped dancing due to constant infections.
~2/2010 Sinus Surgery & complication: Severe Epistaxis: Became severely anemic.
~3/2010: Dx Ehlers Danlos Syndrome: by Geneticist
~4/2011: Switched jobs, now work at a Pre-K teacher for 3 and 4 year olds. Less lifting!
~5/2011: Started PT and exercising again

Thursday, March 26, 2009

shoulder impingement

ah yes my hypermobile shoulders have now gotten the best of me. two days ago my shoulders were starting to hurt. later my head hurt as i was driving to work. i thought, here comes my migraine (in my shoulders) i dont know what i was thinking. anyways i would get bursts of pain shooting around my shoulders and also in my head. it was weird. i took medicine, i also put ice on my back. the next day in ballet i asked my teacher about the pain, she said it probably was from tense muscles in my neck/shoulder area. i sat out half the session putting icy-hot on my shoulders. i missed classes that day so i could go get a massage. the pain was that bad. though the massage felt good the pain still lasted through the night. i tried licorice tea as well as ice and heat packs. this morning i went to school, i was in pain. i thought i would miss my midterm because the pain hurt i couldn't think straight. i went to the health center at school and they said i would have to come back tomorrow. I had my therapy session and was still in pain. I decided to go to urgent care. now i have nausea as well. the UC doctor sent me to the ER just in case... i dont really know why. While at the ER the doctor did "excessive testing" as he put it. I had x-rays, a ct-scan of my lungs, and four viles of blood drawn. all to find out that it was impingement.

anyways this is a secondary condition to shoulder instability. yikes. now i definitely need physical therapy. im on it!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


its funny how health conditions can produce psychological problems. if i didnt know better my nightmare would still be terrifying me now and probably for a few days. i dreamt i was in an old battered house in simi valley and i was getting some old jewelry. i saw a figure outside and i went to yell at it. the figure ran inside, it happened to be a girl. but a man ran inside as well. instead of running after the girl, now i was running from the man. freaky. anyways i woke up and i was feeling hot. my hands and feet hurt. i feel woozy. i know my salt level is low. i eat some olives and drink some water. i get my blood circulating by doing a few stretches and i rub my hands and feet with some cream or lotion. i set the temperature in the house down a few notches. when i lay back down i will raise my feet up a little so that the blood will get to my brain better. now i have sweet dreams.

anyways, my body has been feeling good. the only thing bothering me this week is my back and shoulders being so sore that i end up getting migraines. and ive been lacking quality sleep. im moving though soon to my own room so i can have some solace. i need to add more to that solace and get my finances straightened out and have a financial plan so that i never have to freak out about rent or bills. ie: maybe i have to get a new job cuz my job isnt giving me enough hours. you do what you have to do.
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