Thursday, December 8, 2011

When they tell you what's wrong with yourself

So I went to the Doctor today.
I hate going to the Dr.  Everything about it makes me feel uncomfortable.
Why can't they have a reclinable lazy boy instead of those really tall uncomfy tables. Calming paint colors and decorations,  And some good reading material.  I was annoyed that I left my watchtower in the car that I intended to bring in.

Aside from the general sense of uneasiness.  The visit in itself was undramatic.
I never see the actual Dr, just the practitioner or whatever they are called.

She confirmed that I do have a staph infection on my leg...actually I have 3 staphs that she insisted on draining...ouch.  Gave me a topical and oral prescription for that.

I told her about my terrible headaches.  And when she asked how long had I been having migraines, I said "Whoa, I don't want to over do this,  I don't call this a migraine, it's just a headache"  So after asking me a series of questions she said "you have migraines, really bad ones"  She gave me a bottle of pills to take and said to steer clear of Ibuprofen.  She also told me to keep a journal of everything: what I eat, how much sleep I get, how I feel throughout the day, how many pills I take {I'm allowed a max of 4 per day}, moods, emotions, what I do, etc.  Also to take note of anything unusual, and to come back in 10 days to get a better assessment of what's going on and what's causing them."  {She seemed really determined to get to the underlying cause, problem is, she's 37 weeks pregnant, I doubt she'll be there in 10 days}  So I said "I guess sleep walking would be considered unusual"  She looked surprised.  I laughed.  So I'm keeping a journal... I doubt it will last more than 2 days tops.  I'm not the "journaling" type.  Always wanted to be though.  And I plan on seeing my chiropractor or somebody soon about all of my back and neck issues.

A friend posted on her blog a few days ago about burnout.  She gave a link to an article with 5 stages to being burnt out.  Sadly, after reading it today, I believe I'm on the 5th stage.  Can't think straight, can't focus, always busy, always with the mind racing, never getting enough sleep, exhausted before my day begins, snappy and impatient, etc. Actually the only difference I see is that I'm not gaining weight like they say is common, I actually have lost 5ibs.  So my guess is that I'm burnt out and that's what's causing my migraines, my body is screaming at me to relax and I'm not listening.  For my stage of burn out they recommend 8-10 hours of sleep per night plus 3 15-30 minute naps or retreats per day.  To get that much rest in my day seems like a fantasy that wont come true, but I'm going to make a conscious effort.  We'll see how I do.  Hopefully I'll see improvement.   And they suggested grazing throughout the day when it comes to eating, and avoid missing meals and stuff.  I already knew that, but will try harder to keep fruit on me to eat in-between meals.

Alright, that's it for today.  I'm tired and it's 10:30.  If I can get to sleep by 11, I will get at least 8 hours of sleep for tonight.  That's the minimum I should get, so I need to hurry if I'm gonna make it.

G'night all!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh no! That's no good! I hope you can get the rest, it's made a big difference for me over the last week or so. This stinking system is making us all burned out, in my opinion. Hang in there!
--Katie

MKWalters said...

That sounds very normal to me! ... Can I get the website about burnout! I may have past # 6 if there is one!

Jane said...

migraines are NO FUN.