Checking In

Alas, I have been MIA yet again.  After my daughter’s birthday last month, life (and work) threw me for a total loop.  It has been an extremely difficult month not only trying to juggle a very busy holiday season, kiddos being off school, my branding schedule, Thanksgiving, and to top things off I was being hit daily with excruciating headaches.  It was getting to a point where I wasn’t thinking “I wonder if I’m going to get a migraine today?” rather “When is the migraine going to hit?”  After about 2 weeks of almost non stop pain, I felt like something had to be wrong so I tried to cover my bases by first going to the dentist.  In the past, if I needed any dental work done, I would typically start to get some headache pain… nothing major and nothing like I was going through, but I wanted to rule that out before going to the doctor.

Well, as it turns out, I did have a small cavity , had it filled the same day, and thought to myself “OK great, that should do it…. bye bye headaches!”  Boy was I wrong.  After that day, they actually got worse and were lasting anywhere from 8 to 10 hours.  There were times where I couldn’t do anything but close my eyes and cry (and after 2 weeks, I was at this point for a good part of the day).  If I was standing it hurt.  If I was sitting it hurt.  If I was talking it hurt.  If other people were talking it hurt.  The pain was just getting worse and worse.  Imagine having to work everyday with my branding clients, requests, changes, questions, on a session?  Oh it was horrible trying to hide the pain.  So if you happened to email me, call, met with me, had a session in the past month and I seemed a bit “off”, perhaps even bitchy… chances are I was in agony and could barely think or see straight!  My apologies:) I’m back to my normal, happy, and only sometimes bitchy self!

Being the hypochondriac that I am, I of course started thinking the worse… well something is surely going on in my brain (and not just being crazy mind you).  It was so bad that even my husband who typically laughs at all of my “ailments” was telling me that I needed to go in.  Poor guy took plenty of days off work just to take care of me and the kids… getting them to and from school, dance class, tutoring, grocery store runs, cooking, cleaning, then rubbing my feet at night because its the only thing that helped even a little bit.  My husband is a super hero.  Not one complaint and I never once asked for anything… he did all of it 100% on his own.  Told you… he is a total super hero.

Anyways, he scheduled me to see a doctor on a same day appointment.  We went in, I met with the doctor, he prescribed some migraine medicine and some vicodin, and sent me off to radiology for a CT scan.  Oh God… here it is, it must be brain cancer.  I have a tumor, game over.  That has to be the reason right?  Nobody gets headaches like this with so much constant pain and for 3 weeks straight.  Now a normal person would think to themselves “OK well daily headaches such, but eventually it will go away.  No big deal.  Its just a headache!”  I’m not normal though, I already know this.  My family knows this and they still love me.  My crazy health thoughts are actually a running joke in my family.  When I start to feel even the slightest pain, they ask me “WHEN are you going to see a doctor.  Surely you have that checked out immediately!  It might be XYZ”  And when they say XYZ, they typically come up with the most off the wall diseases.  It’s all fun and games until I’m “really” confronted with something lol.

Anyways, took the CT scan and so began the LONGEST 5 days of my life.  Well maybe not the longest, but it sure sucked.  Every time the phone rang I was freaking out, thinking it was the doctor asking me to “come in and discuss things”.  Talk about worrying!  Now I had a headache AND I had to deal with crazy thoughts in my head?  This really sucks.  It’s amazing what can go through your head when you are potentially “dying”…. I know, Im total crazy person.

Well, the doctor finally got back to me, said everything was normal but he did want me to see a neurologist and headache specialist!  Yah, I don’t have a tumor:) And about 6-7 days after I spoke with the doctor, I noticed that the headaches were starting to taper off.  Each day it was getting a bit better and I am now happy to report that I have been “almost” migraine free for 3 days now.  That ain’t long BUT I will gladly take it.  I have gotten mild headaches here and there the past few days, but 2 tylenol are taking care of it!  SO happy to start feeling normal again.  Like I said, its been a crappy month, but I think I am on the upswing now… crossing my fingers and taking one day at a time anyways!

Quickly, onto something else a bit more fun!  So I have always had pretty long hair and it grows really fast.  Every couple of years, I grow my hair out really long and then cut it so that I can donate it to locks of love.  Well that time has come again… had my hair appointment yesterday and got chopped:) Check out the before/after!

Do I look grown up or what?  I even decided to rock some bangs!  I definitely think I look older now though and thats definitely not the look I was going after!  I like it short more than I thought I would, but I think I just need to play a bit more to find something that still feels like “me”.  This looks more serious & structured to me (both of which I am NOT)!  I’m going to try and take pics of different looks and styles I end up doing.  Thats one of the perks of this short hair thing, I can do more things I think.  Definitely need to get used to it though!   It’s fun for now and I’m excited to donate my hair.  In the end, thats what its all about right!

Kim Bourgeois - December 2, 2011 - 10:47 am

I think you look MUCH MUCH younger with the shorter hair and more fun and perky! :) Such a generous and thoughtful thing to do – donating your hair!!!!! Awesome look – you ROCK that short hair and those bangs!!! FUN FUN spirit showing!

Lisa Ritter - December 2, 2011 - 10:51 am

I get migranes induced by stress. Caffeine can also trigger them… I’m glad nothing was seriously wrong! I was super nervous because ms, strokes, and brain tumors run in my family… I didn’t have very good odds… But, 3 MRIs later they decided it is a strange form of migrane. My head hurts, I lose my vision, sometimes even my speech. Nothing is scarier than waiting for the results! I was preparing for the worst. I’m glad everything turned out ok for you! There are more triggers besides caffeine- you should look them up. Maybe it will help you. :)

kimberly robbins - December 2, 2011 - 10:52 am

You might look into a nucca chiropractor. They focus on the upper cervical which can definitely cause headaches. It has really helped me!

Lisa H. - December 2, 2011 - 11:00 am

I can’t imagine having headaches for that long. That is horrid. I hope they continue to stay away and don’t come back! And I love your hair. :-)

corina - December 2, 2011 - 11:13 am

Up until about a year ago, I couldn’t tolerate caffeine at all so always did decaf anyways. The past month I tried to stay away completely for the regular headache triggers, but there was no rhyme or reason to them starting. No particular time, I could be doing one thing one day, another thing another day. I don’t eat poorly, was getting plenty of sleep. Then all of a sudden they started getting better. I SO hope this isn’t going to be an ongoing thing? Good grief lol!

Amber - December 2, 2011 - 11:44 am

Have the headaches been better since you chopped you hair?

Sarah Argue - December 2, 2011 - 12:05 pm

I think the new look is way better for your face shape and it is a lot more stylish. I’m a hair stylist and I think you should try styling your bangs to one side (side swoop lol) and flipping out all the layers, not just the bottom of your hair. I think it will look a bit more younger on you. But my vote is definitely for the new look!

Tara - December 2, 2011 - 12:58 pm

This post sounds so much like me !!! including the days waiting for results thinking this is it….anyhow. I have been getting acupuncture and headaches are going away…no more feeling like the side of my head/eye is going to explode. I think i did about 2 months of solid headaches/migraines sucks.
Your hair looks gorgeous short and long, lucky it grows so fast :)

Tanya d - December 2, 2011 - 1:48 pm

It is so great to hear u r feeling better, what a horrible month. Welcome back,

adie - December 9, 2011 - 2:17 pm

i love how down to earth and personable you are…i stumbled across your blog and im in love…glad you are better…we all missed you!

Sarah - January 7, 2012 - 1:29 am

Definitely think you look older with the new haircut – you’re way too young and fab to start looking old ;) I think if you curled it outwards instead of having it frame your face, it’ll add some bounce and fun and completely transform the look.

As for the migraines, long time sufferer here. I worked nonstop with my own business for 5 years, getting an average of 4 hours a sleep each night and I’d often go 2 or 3 days without leaving my desk other than for the call of nature or a caffeine fix. After the 5th year, BOOM, the migraines hit daily. They were chronic, couldn’t stand light, vomited like crazy and even laying down and trying to sleep was hard. When I didn’t have a migraine, I had the after effects like stinging in my head and neck and feeling rubbish. Had lots of tests done and in the end it all came down to not getting enough sleep and working too hard. I can quite imagine you are the same with working constantly and not taking enough care of yourself. It was hard to accept it at first and cut back the hours I did but it paid off in the end. Good luck!

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