Starting from Scratch

How disappointing it was to see that my old blog was gone. Vanished. This site can’t be reached. I guess I can add it to the list of things I lost in the divorce – pending divorce, I should say. It’s OK. I had lost my interest in the old one anyway. It had him all over it. He set it up. He did all the legwork. This one is all me. From scratch.

So I had nerve block injections on Friday. For those of you who aren’t familiar, a nerve block injection is a shot containing anesthetics mixed with steroids inserted to target a specific nerve area to block pain. I get them in several areas: trochlear, zygomatic, and occipital. Trochlear goes into the eye socket, zygomatic is essentially the temples, and occipital is the back of the head. I get them bilaterally (so on both sides) and I get 2 per side in the occipital region. So that’s a total of 8 shots in my head.

I also get trigger point injections in my right shoulder blade, and it’s typically around 6-8 shots. A trigger point injection is similar to a nerve block except it’s inserted directly into a knot in the muscle to loosen it. I get a lot of knots and tight spots in my neck and scapula (shoulder blade), and these injections do wonders to break up that tension.

After the injections, I don’t always feel great. The head pain is gone, but I typically get woozy, often very nauseous, and sometimes I even spend the rest of the day in bed with a barf bag. But Friday went well. No nausea, just sweet, sweet pain relief. Unfortunately, it was just the calm before the storm. Literally.

Friday night I was huddled in the pantry with my mom, stepdad, brother and our two dogs while tornado sirens went off. There were funnels reported nearby. Luckily we were safe, but the storm brought in a cool front and by Saturday morning we had snow and I had a raging high-pressure headache.

High pressure headaches are categorized by the sensation of feeling your heart beating in your head, seeing your heartbeat in your vision, a whooshing and clicking sound in the ears, and a strong wave of nausea to go with it. You basically feel like your head is going to explode. The nausea was so bad, I couldn’t eat hardly anything all day, but I did manage to throw down some Saltines. I took a migraine cocktail which is Benadryl and Phenergen, and at first I thought I wasn’t going to be able to sleep due to the pain. I also took a Diamox (diuretic used to treat intracranial hypertension), and waited as I thought I was going to have a bad case of PAINSOMNIA. Luckily, within an hour, I was asleep. I slept for a total of 18 hours, only waking up once to eat more crackers, use the bathroom and take another round of meds.

I’m not always lucky enough to sleep through the worst of it, but this time I was. So today, I decided to stay in bed, rest up, and restart my little blog and hopefully do a better job keeping it up. Thanks for all the love and support as always.

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