Wednesday, April 27, 2016

If you're going through hell




“If you’re going through hell, keep on going; face that fire walk right through it….”



I have been very frank and honest about how disruptive the migraines that I endure following my brain injury. The Botox injections have solved them nearly entirely so it is clear to see how distraught I became at the return of the horrendous migraines.

I was unsure as to why they had returned with such a vengeance. After suffering for a week I scheduled an appointment with my neurologist. I showed him where the pain was and inquired as to why the migraine pain had changed locations after so many years. Immediately he inquired about any medicine changes that I had within the previous few months. I did begin an anti anxiety med about 4 months ago. The doctor looked up the side effects and saw that TMJ was indeed a side effect that has been noted from individuals who have taken the med. My neurologist suggested that I discontinue the medicine and ask my dentist about this relatively common side effect of many medicines. I saw my dentist yesterday who confirmed that I do have some limited mobility in my jaw and he conquered with my neurologist.
I am still very uncomfortable but at least I know the root cause of the pain. I am going to pick up my retainer from my dentist on Monday. That is soon, yet so far away. I have no experienced pain of this magnitude since before I began my Botox injections. My jaw is really beginning to bother me so I am going to head home before I am too distracted by the pain.

I thank you very much for reading and would love to hear any reflections that you may have.

~Noelle

Thursday, April 21, 2016

You are always a student

"You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward." - Conrad Hall

In my days of horseback riding this was very evident. Even though I trained less experienced riders, a person always needs to take lessons themselves to stay sharp. The world is everyone’s arena and each and every one of us has to keep striving for improvement. I feel as though I am doing quite well but these migraines are still and likely always will be a challenge for me. I have learned that aromatherapy helps me to a large extent. I learned of that from a coworker of my brother whose husband suffers with migraines. I am not a fan of painkillers. They certainly have a use and are extremely effective, but I forever will be trying to develop coping skills to help me manage this pain. I am always going to be open to new suggestions for methods that have worked for others who are migraine sufferers. I think that advice from people who have walked a portion of your path is incredibly advantageous as you are attempting to balance your life. I think that life is about the connections that you make with people. People can be supportive and excellent when they are given the opportunity to do so. People who are afflicted with similar conditions realize how daunting they can be to your everyday life. Social media has provided a very useful platform for people to compare experiences. I am very thankful to you for reading, and I welcome any thoughts that you may have.

~Noelle

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Don’t stop believing

There are many times in life when we all need some encouragement. Journey’s song is fantastic because it is an inspirational tune that you find yourself humming as you go through your day. Nobody ever said that the path of life was going to be easy; a mantra such as Journey’s refrain can encourage a person to keep pushing forward with his/her day. An individual needs to believe in his/her self. Nothing can be accomplished without the belief that you indeed can succeed. When I was first injured I was extremely depressed that I was wheelchair bound; that stress was converted to kinetic energy as I began to ask questions as to how I could improve. I think the most important aspect of my recovery was the fact that I never stopped believing that I would improve. At this point I have attained much of a recovery yet I have residual issues. I realize that my right arm will likely always be extremely limited in what I can use it for. Despite the chronic nature of my condition in my right arm I still try and strengthen it to make it as useful as possible. I can never allow myself to stop putting forth effort to improve. In life if you are not putting forth effort to move forward you are not truly living. Journey’s song is fantastic because it has a joyous melody and the vocals speak incredibly to people as they are in many different aspects of life. The weather today is rainy and it is causing a headache in me as I type this; I cannot allow myself to lose hope. I have to always believe that I will get more tolerant of these headaches. I would love to hear any responses that you may have and I thank you very much for reading.

~Noelle