Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Quick Check In

Checking in to say that all is well in my Never-ending Questland. While it is true that the frustrations of the "never ending" part are high, it is also true that I remain steadfast in my belief that my life is awesome and if this is the worst I have to bear, then I'm truly lucky.

I've had a series of unfortunate things occur. (1.) When I ramped up my weight training, I developed shoulder tendinitis. (2.) As I was treating the tendinitis, I started having tension headaches. (3.) Monday night I got some sort of stomach bug and spent the entire night heaving and cramping. (4.) Yesterday it became clear that the stomach bug had caused a problem with my Lap Band.

Today I went and had a cc of fluid removed. It was weird because it was actually painful when they removed the fluid which has never happened to me before, even in emergency tight situations. I was uber swollen. But almost immediately I had relief, so hopefully the stomach issues will all be sorted in the next day or so.

My shoulder is most definitely healed.

Now I just have to figure out the headaches. A little of me is hoping that they will just go away. I have NEVER been a headache person so it is a bit frustrating. Why does one all of a sudden start getting tension headaches? I'm working with a chiropractor and sport massage therapist to see if that will help. I have another appointment with them tomorrow. My PCP has referred me to a pain management doctor but the appointment isn't until late November. That is a long time so I really hope the appointment ends up not being needed.

All that being said, things are really good. I'm enjoying the Rangers in the post season. We have been doing all sorts of fun stuff like was always do. Tonight we are going to a 90s band concert which should be fun! The weather should be nice and it is a great time to hang out outside in Texas.

My point of this post is to document for myself that I'm having a tough time focusing on weight loss (which is fine) but to make sure I don't go off the rails somewhere. I have had a rough (easy to feel sorry for myself) week and sometimes that can mean that I "deserve" a shit ton of carbs. I don't want to let that happen so I decided a reality check blog post would help.

Hope all is well with you out there!



MandaPanda said...

Ugh. What a couple weeks! 1) Glad the shoulder is feeling better. 2) Glad the unfill gave you some relief. 3) Boo to tension headaches. I have begun getting headaches more frequently as well and I really think it's just the added stress of being a grown up. You need a good outlet to get rid of stress and become more zen. Goodluck!

Lori said...

I don't know why life seems to pile up on us like that. I'm glad that most everything is resolved and I'll hope for the best with the headaches. I am headache sufferer from childhood. Just about anything will trigger one. If you get a big one before your appointment try this: take three regular strength aspirin, wait 30 minutes. If the headache is not gone take two more and wait 30 more minutes. If you still have a headache take one more. If it isn't gone by then go to the ER. This was my Rx from a doctor ages ago. I've never had to go past the two aspirin.
I hope this helps!
Lori said...

Just a couple of ideas for your headache and shoulder pain. Don't wait until November to get pain relief because the pain pathways become entrenched. Acupuncture really works. Check out Martha Peterson's blog about somatic movement
I think the theory behind her work is sound. Myofacial release with a ball helps iron out the knots in the upper back and shoulder which can cause headaches. Put a firm ball like a lacrosse ball under your trapezius and lean against a wall and roll around until you find the trigger points and lean in. It hurts a lot but you'll get those trigger points to relax. Of course my advice should not replace your doctor's advice. :-)
I hope the Band sorts itself out.