This is an archived posting from my previous website “Chips Antidotal Wanderings” – a personal blog about family, creative moments, and pain management activities in my life. That blog was active from 2004-2011.

Celebrating 17

We celebrated our youngest daughter’s (Our Boo) birthday last night with a gift exchange and cake at the house. Tonight we’ll be going out to eat dinner at a local Mexican place she’s picked out. I believe one of her girlfriends is planning on joining us. It’ll be fun.

She’s has had a sore throat and a cough for a couple of days, but she has tomorrow off from school. So we are hoping that over the three day weekend she can get rid of that thing. I know there’s been a bug going around work too. It’s not a big deal. Just a bummer that she got it the week of celebrating her 17th.

For Christmas she got a new PS2, since the last one pooped out on us. And so for her B-day she got a new-fangled game chair that hooks into the PS2 player and/or her stereo. It’s got this sub-woofer speaker system thing in it, so while she’s playing her games or listening to music it’s playing through the chair. Weird! But hubby thought she’d love it. He was right! She thinks it’s pretty cool.

Touching Base with Family

I had a chance to talk with some Missouri dwellers this week. I yapped with Our Bug for a little while last night. She’s doing some personal introspective work and looking at job/career choices. Getting a little antsy to move forward and not work two jobs at once. I know that can be a tough thing to do. So many hours is rough on the body. I’ll be glad when she can go back to just 40 hours again too. Hang in there my Bug!

Sweet sister and I talked for a long time one night this week. That was the first time we’d done that in quit a spell. Yes – it was good to hear her voice and chatter for a bit. Sounds like her new car is really neat. And when she gets used to where all the new buttons are, I’m sure she’ll enjoy it even more. LOL Congrats on the new ride, sis! Tell my nephew that I’ll try to remember to write in print next time I send something your way. 🙂

Possible BOTOX?

I have a TDY coming up soon that will put me in the Washington D.C. area. I’m hoping that while I’m up that way I can get a series of BOTOX shots that is supposed to help relieve me of my migraines. The logistics are not all ironed out though. So I’m not real sure that’s going to happen.

Because the treatment isn’t covered by my insurance (yet), to have them locally at this point is cost prohibitive — over $1K. We just aren’t that financial fluid at this time. Especially because if they work (which would be a first for me) then the treatment is repeated about every 3 months.

It’s actually less expensive for me to pay for the plane fair to Washington D.C., stay at the base, and receive the free shots in the headache clinic that the DoD runs — than it is for me to have them locally. So that’s the plan of action at this point. Since the DoD is paying for my plane ticket up that way for the TDY anyway, it’s a good time for me to give this treatment a test run. But first we have to arrange for a medical referral and hope that a doc at the clinic will accept me as a patient and then do the procedure during the time that I’m there. Ugh — that may not be possible as we have only a short window of time before I leave for the TDY.

Maybe this will help. Maybe it won’t. But so far, no other western medical procedures have stopped them. The traditional therapies my doctors have prescribed provide limited or no relief from pain and invariably leave me with a mess of unwanted side affects.  The alternative therapies I use do provide some relief also and without the side affects, however – I still have way too many debilitating migraines!  So the BOTOX is worth a try at this point.

Reading Recommendations

Speaking of migraines and daily headaches. If you are dealing with such things yourself or dealing with chronic pain of any type — there’s a couple of books I’d recommend you get your hands on and peruse your way through. Managing Pain Before it Manages You and The Chronic Pain Control Workbook are two good publications for learning how to cope with chronic pain and minimize it’s impact on your daily living.  One of these days it’s my intent to write a book about the artful ways I manage pain in my own life.  If/when I get to that I hope it’ll be as helpful to others as it has been for me as well.

I’ve read approximately a kazillion books about chronic headaches. I found that Terri Robert’s new book on the subject is an excellent read. If you live with migraines, or interact with anyone who does I highly recommend you give this one a cover to cover read as well. It’s called Living Well With Migraine Disease and Headaches — What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You… That You Need to Know If you are interested in my thoughts on any of the headache books I’ve read, just drop me a line or leave a message here. I’d be happy to share my opinion.

As for me — December was the best month I’ve had in over a year. I had 13 headache-free days. Wahoo!!!! A record has been set! 🙂 Merry Christmas to me. Maybe a gift because I had been such a good little girl all year. (I will be accepting no comments from the peanut gallery at this time.) LOL I still have hope that one of these days my doc and I can reach the goal of less than 10 headaches a month. Wouldn’t that be just fab?! Oh Yeah!!!!

Have a super day everyone!
Kisses and Hugs from Wyoming!

~ Cindy
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