But before we get there I have lots of other great things I checked off my to-do list in the last week, so let's list those first shall we?
Big thanks as always to the lovely Meghan!
Did a few hours each at jobs 1 and 2 and picked up some bonus hours tutoring geometry for an old tutoring client of mine. I have lots of hours lined up at job #2 for when my client is on holiday breaks which will be awesome for my bank account. Did a couple of papers and clinical reports for school. There's only 2 papers, 1 demonstration, client conferences, and comprehensive exams (those are next week already... yikes!) are all that are separating me from the last winter "break" I will ever have as a college student. Now if only these papers would go ahead and write themselves...
Were less than stellar, I'll admit. I went for about 8 miles total of run/walks last week, which means this weeks 5k may very well end up being the death of me. At this point I'm shooting to finish in 28 minutes and hoping my competitive spirit will kick in when I see all these people (including my baby brother) going so much faster than me. On the good side I foam rolled like a champ last week AND found a new yoga video I'm addicted to. I also signed up for the Elf 4 Health challenge and got paired with an awesome elf for the first round.
Nothing crazy exciting here last week, except for the day I gorged myself on sweet potato fries...
And the pancakes BF and I made for lunch on Sunday, well after the ER incident...
But I think there will be enough food going on THIS week to make up for it.
So this is the part where I fill you in on how I "ruined" a perfectly good weekend with the BF by getting the WORST migraine I have ever experienced at about 2am on Sunday. We'd had a great night out, shared a few drinks (nothing excessive or out of the ordinary), met some interesting characters at the bar (like the pair of recently divorced wives out to find some "young love" their words not mine), and cheered the hawks on to a nice win (even though the cable cut out literally seconds before the final buzzer).
All in all a great night for us, made better by the prospect of sleeping in the next day (one of my favorite weekend activities). Well apparently my brain had other ideas. I woke up at 2:30 with a horrible migraine. Okay fine, life happens. Took my triptan, rolled over in bed and tried to go back to sleep. The problem with pills is that they only work if you can keep them down and this time around my stomach was having none of that. I'll spare you the details but after a few quick runs to the bathroom I was feeling pretty icky and the headache wasn't fading. Next thing I know the pain spikes like crazy and I lose feeling/control of my arm.
Needless to say I woke the BF up at this point asking to go to the ER. 20 minute car ride, 1 full trashcan, and a struggle with paperwork later and we were settled into a room for the next 2 hours. I got countless pokes and prods, a CT scan (even though my MRI a few months ago was clean), and an IV full of something. Once the head pain faded some control of my arm came back, it was tingly and stiff but at least I could feel it. No one could find anything wrong or any reason as to why I should have been having arm problems associated with my headache. We left around 6am with instructions for me to make an appointment with my neurologist ASAP to follow up.
Needless to say I spent most of Sunday sleeping, including a nap on the BF while he watched football, and going to bed way way early, and I am kind of grumpy that such an incident happened. I was all excited last week when my perscription came (my insurance refills automatically through the mail) and I still had a month and a half of my last three month supply. I thought I had been getting my headaches under control and was so happy that their frequency and severity had lessened. But this last one was scary. Majorly scary. So it's back to the drawing board in terms of management, but no doubt I'll figure it out eventually.
Are you a competitive person when it comes to exercise? Any other migraine sufferers out there with advice to share?