The recovery period this time is not going as smoothly as I remember it going before.
I’m hurting…much more than I think I did after my last patches. I even read back over my posts from that time, and I barely mention back pain at all. Day before yesterday I felt that the pain was almost gone, then yesterday the pain came back with a vengeance. Today, the pain is still there. My back feels stiff, sore, and like I have been beaten up. I already hate taking pain pills, and I don’t feel like they are doing much good. (at least they help me sleep)
Last night we were watch a movie and I started hearing this very loud roaring sound. It sounded like some kind of machinery, or perhaps a helicopter flying right over our house. I asked Stuart what that sound was…actually I think I may have screamed it, trying to get over the noise. He said there was no noise. I kind of freaked. How could he not hear that? It’s so loud!! He tried to calm me, telling me that it was just a new kind of tinnitus…but I was so upset. I decided to take half of a Diamox, to see if it would help. If my pressure was getting too high it should. It didn’t. I calmed down, and watched the rest of the movie. Thank goodness for subtitles. One of the first Agatha Christie mysteries where the first person I thought was the killer, really was. Of course, I doubted myself a number of times during the show, but still…first instincts count.
I finally got to sleep, even with all the racket in my head. After a while it sounds like very loud white noise. I woke up this morning and it wasn’t that loud. But within an hour after getting up, it got just as loud as it was last night.
Dr. Gray just called. She said the pain can ebb and flow like this. (well, I don’t like it!)
She also asked if I would take a whole Diamox to see if it helps with the loud roaring. If it helps then we know it’s high pressure; if it doesn’t, or if things get worse, we will know that my pressure is low.
A few hours later: I took the Diamox about 1pm, about 20 – 30 minutes after taking it the roaring got even louder, and I started feeling light-headed. But then 3pm , the roaring got better. Still loud, but not so loud that I feel like my head is going to explode. Now it’s about 4:30pm, and it’s getting very loud again. So what did we learn? I have no frigging idea. We’ll ask Dr. Gray and see what she says, I have a feeling she’ll say, “Interesting”. And suggest something else.
The pain is better than it was yesterday. Stuart just asked me how many pain pills I’ve taken. I don’t think I’ve taken any today, I may have taken one right after I got up, but none since then. He said I seemed drunk. Hummm. That’s kind of disconcerting.
I may not be feeling the greatest right now, but my herb and flower garden look great. (the vegetable garden has been a learning experience, mainly learning what not to do.) I thought I’d share a photo of my Echinacea plant being visited by a little butterfly (unfortunately his wings are closed).
In the background to the left is my Oregano, it is impressive! To the right is the Lavender, it’s growing, not as fast as some of the other herbs, but since this photo was taken it has gotten bigger, and it’s starting to flower. In the far back is the green from the wild flowers. I think I planted way too many seeds. They are starting to bloom, I’ll share more photos of them soon.
I’ve started the Artist’s Way workshop. Didn’t get all of my Morning Pages done last week…I wonder why? (every day I’m supposed to write 3 pages of just stream of consciousness writing, first thing when I get up…I often do them in the evening though, I like how it unburdens the day, and lifts those thoughts away so I can sleep better.) But I did get my Artist’s Date in. (every week I’m to make a date with myself spending at least one hour doing something to nurture my artist within.) Since I was laid up for a lot of this past week, I spent my Artist’s Date reading about Art and Artists. I found some nice free books for my Kindle, and I’ve been enriching my knowledge of art.
I’m also participating in the Day Zero Project. You make a list of 101 goals you want to complete in 1001 days. You can see my list here: Wendy’s 101 Goals. A neighbor of mine talked about working on this project on Facebook, and it inspired me. Want to join me? If you do, you will be helping me complete #11 on my list!
Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the summer. I’m sure I’ll be back on my feet soon, and thinking this was no big deal. Just ready to get it over, and move on!