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

Friday, January 23, 2009

stress and pain

I'm really stressed out. I have a job and going to school full time. I just moved into the dorms. I've been lifting too much stuff walking too hard and fast and going going all day long. I've had a head cold the last week. And my head and shoulders have been hurting a lot llately. I don't know what to do because I need to be a full time student to live here and I do not want to move again. I also need to get more hours at work. When I'm up and about it doesn't hurt as bad. I'm going to try my dance class tomorrow I'm just worried it will be too much for my back. At least the teacher was my teacher before and when I got sick so she's understanding. I also need to start physical therapy again. And on top of all that I need to pay my way past due bills and clean up some odds and ends at the old place. I'm just hoping that when my stress lessens then my body will feel better. I worry that I'm either doing too much or I'm getting worse. Both of those are bad cuz I'm on my own now and I have to do all that. I can't afford not to. I also can't afford to get worse. I drove a half hour to work every day and it's bad posture the whole time. At least I'm away from people stressors. Maybe I'll start combating one stressor at a time and see if that helps.

Friday, January 02, 2009

doing good

a long awaited update yes it is.

im doing good. I am getting pressure headaches and migraines but they are manageable. I can dance and work and go to school and clean dishes and cook and do laundry. but I need to pace myself. i'm sleeping well and refreshed. i hiked like a mile and a half last week.
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