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Monday, March 17, 2008

Slowly but surely....

It's been a while since I posted an update on how I'm feeling. This is week #3 of physical therapy, and I really think it is helping. I do stretching exercises for my back/neck/shoulders and also get massage to the back of my head (it's too painful to be a relaxing massage though). Last week they tried something new - traction. I know it sounds pretty rough, but it actually made me feel better than I have in a long time (until the next day when my neck and shoulders were very, very sore). I have now had the traction treatment 3 times and I feel really good aftwards.

As of now, I am having more good days than bad days...which I haven't been able to say in a long, long time. In fact there are some days when I don't even take any motrin! On the good days I feel like I'm finally starting to get pieces of myself back. It feels good to feel good again! I'm not 100% yet though....and that can get frustrating. I've had glimpses of feeling like myself...and I want to keep feeling that way! I still have some days with yucky headaches and dizziness, but they aren't as frequent or as severe as they have been. I'm waiting for the day when I can wake up and not have to worry about whether it will be a "good day" or a "bad day".

I had a follow up appointment with my dr. today. He commented that this is the first time he has seen glimpses of "Amy" for a long time. He also said that it is the first time in a long time that I was actually moving around normally and not being cautious with my every move because it might make me dizzy. It was nice to have someone else notice.

Other than the lingering headaches/dizziness, I still have very little energy and little appetite. My stomach just feels yucky a lot. The dr. said that feeling is probably a result of all the meds I've taken recently - they've just messed with my stomach. So, he gave me something for my stomach. He also recommended 2 different vitamins to help with my energy levels. He wants me to continue PT for at least 2 weeks. The best part was that he doesn't have to see me again for 6 weeks. :)

THANK YOU for all your prayers. I am not quite 100% yet...but I am slowly but surely starting to feel like Amy again.

8 comments:

Jill said...

So glad you are doing better. Hopefully the good will continue to outnumber the bad days. Did you already do your photo sessions? I was wondering if you felt well enough to still do those. If so, how'd they go??

Amy said...

I haven't done them yet. They are supposed to be this Friday...but it's going to be mid 30s and wet (it's going to rain for the next few days). I'm taking photos for a 1 year old and then a 2 year old. Little ones in the cold with wet grass just doesn't sound like fun...but I'll leave the decision up to their moms.

Brenda said...

What vitamins did they suggest? Did they suggest altering your diet at all?
what's the new Jodi picoult book...Messiah?

Amy said...

He suggested a multi-vitamin and a B complex vitamin. He doesn't want me to alter my diet yet. He has never mentioned anything about diet. The Jodi Piccoult book is here: http://www.amazon.com/Change-Heart-Novel-Jodi-Picoult/dp/0743496744/ref=pd_bbs_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1205873161&sr=8-1

aunt nancy said...

I'm glad you're staring to feel better, and hope that continues. You have to appreciate the irony of taking meds to help your stomach from the meds you're taking! I hope you all have a nice vacation, and maybe just resting will help with your energy. That's what I'm going to try right now!

Lori said...

i'm glad you are starting to feel more like yourself again!!

Cheryl said...

it made me So SO happy to read that things are improving! i got tears in my eyes reading what you said because i can relate to all those feelings and i remember how excited i was the first time a doctor said to me that he caught a glimpse of me. i hope that things only get better. in fact, hurry and get better so you can come spend a weekend with me!!! :D :D
p.s. i totally owe you an email, so sorry!

Anonymous said...

Hopefully, spring will add some real sunshine to your days, and your PMT (prayers, meds & therapy)
plan will give you more and more "good" days! Aunt Barb