Sweet relief…

I went in to see the doc and she immediately put me back on the Methergine at a full dose. It’s been a few days now and I am seeing some improvement again. It’s a relief.

I am a bit nervous about the side effects but I am scheduled for an echocardiogram, an MRI, and a chest x-ray soon so I should know whether or not I am building up any scar tissue soon. If I haven’t I can stay on it for another six months. Choosing to remain on a drug that could cause cardiac valve scarring is pretty scary but it’s not as bad as living with such a high level headache every day.

I am also in physical therapy now. My PT spends a good deal of time unscrewing my head, teaching me exercises for the neck and shoulders, and encouraging me to sit on a yoga ball at work. Some of the stuff she has taught me seems to help.

In the meantime, I am working more on my jewelry and training for my first 5k.

Distraction techniques

My doctor mentioned that neurological studies show that pain reduction occurs if you remain distracted. In other words, try not to think about it. Reading is difficult with migraines, so is working on the computer, but listening to books on tape and making things seems to be about perfect!

My latest creation, a peacock, black pearl, silver rose, glass, onyx and tiger eye necklace, kept me occupied for a while:

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I am really enjoying learning more about jewelry making. I just bought a book on wire wrapping so I can progress further with those techniques. I am really interested in wire weaving and the finished product is very cool to look at. For the nonce I am just happy to feel useful and creative while I sit in my cave.