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, February 25, 2010

feeling good today suprise suprise

today i felt pretty good. first time in a long time that has happened, I ususally push through the day thinking about how it sucks to have to push through the whole day and not be able to function practically after work and thank God i live with my parents these days so I dont have as much as far as house work goes as i used to... yesterday i went back to work. it was raining and all my joints were hurting. I was feeling a little weak and my hips both felt like they were gonna fall out. But by the end of the day I was feeling much better and actually rejuvenated. Last night I felt well enough to shower (not that I dont shower) and feel happy with my night sleeping soundly. usually im having to pass out with pain meds, find something random to eat and use a heat back or ice on my back through the night depending on whats hurting.
in the middle of the night though i woke up so i went on teh computer. I leaned on my shoulders too much which caused me some pain. My sinuses were inflamed slightly so I took some ibiprofun.
When I dont get enough rest like 8 hours at least at night im usually wanting the rest in the car on the way to work or the hour before work i have to wait until i start. Im usually resting a lot during the day too as much as I can. Today was different.
Maybe its all the prednisone Im on. Maybe its my sinus surgery doing its job. Maybe its because it was a good weather day. Maybe its my antidepressants. we shall see. But more importantly: After a little while Im going to start a regimen of vitamins and such like I did at one point I think in the begining of 2008 to help combat pain and inflamation. it will be like a dubble wammy on all this crap.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sinus Surgery

I had my sinus surgery yesterday. On a scale from 1-10 my chiari surgery pain level was at a 12. This surgery was at about a 6. Yeah. A walk in the park. I think the worst part of it is feeling really weird when the anesthesia isn't quite gone. My nose is still bleeding but I'm hoping this surgery helps my sinuses and subsequent migraines and shoulder tension as well.

I found out I'm allergic to Demerol. Before my surgery I was given a small dose through my IV. My arm hurt immediately and it also started to itch. They slowed down the IV and gave me a new bag of saline to go with it.

Ive been on my antidepressants for about 2 weeks now and they seem to be helping. This round has been triggered since my move at the end of November. In general it should not only help my depression but my pain levels.
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