Saturday, May 29, 2010

In Remembance of Those who Served

Memorial Day Weekend

With my new insurance I have coverage for some doctors I did not have before, which makes me in network for the local headache specialty clinic.  I have an appointment there mid June to see a new headache specialist.  I love my Kansas City doctor, Doc Optimist, but with The Legs bothering me it is getting very difficult to drive that far.  Doc Optimist did her specialty residency at this clinic, so I hope the new headache specialist will have the same positive attitude.  

I am now taking Flexeril (a muscle relaxer) instead of soma for The Legs, per Dr. SassyPants' suggestion.  I have taken it in the past, not the best drug for me as it makes me a bit sick to the stomach.  Last night and tonight I am breaking out in big patches of hives.  It could be the Fexeril, or it could just be I'm in the mood for hives, sometimes it is hard for me to discern the cause.  The pelvic pain, which was at the bearable stage, is not doing too well this evening.  Don't think the Flexeril will be much help, never worked very well in the past for this so don't expect it to now, but I'm willing to give anything a try!

My medical appointments are starting to stack up, since I am trying to fit them in between this install and the next install.  So far in June I have physical therapy scheduled three times a week for about three weeks, a new immunologist appointment, a new headache specialist appointment, a visit to the pain management clinic for evaluation of possible treatments (which could include yet another assessment for a nerve stimulator), a regular PCP visit, and a followup appointment in Cleveland for the stimulator study.  I'm gonna have to get a daily planner to keep track of all of them...Whew!

The Belly is starting to give me fits again, all because in a moment of weakness I ordered some home made crinkle cut french fries at a restaurant last week while on the road.  They were deeeelicious but I have been paying for that mistake for days.

It's Memorial Day weekend, so in addition to having a good time with friends and family, please take a moment to remember our fallen soldiers and loved ones who are no longer with us.  I am praying especially hard this weekend for protection of all of our men and women active in the service of this country, putting themselves in harm's way so we don't have to.  Buy a poppy from a veteran if you can!

In Flanders Field

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders Fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Fields.

- John McCrae


  1. wow you do have a busy June! I hope all your appointments go well. Happy memorial day!

  2. Migrainista: Thanks, you too!!

    Diana Lee, Dr. Jennifer Bickel at KU Med Ctr. She is their only true "headache" specialist in neurology. She only sees headache patients. She also does support group meetings in KC but I live too far away! For me she has truly been the "Doc Optimist" I needed to have! She wrote the letter to the Cleveland Clinic that I believe helped to get me into the occipital stimulator study. She practices at a couple of hospitals, including Children's Mercy with pediatric patients, so sometimes is hard to catch.

  3. Busy busy busy gal you are. Take care.

  4. I know who she is, but for some reason I thought she only saw pediatric patients. Definitely something to keep in mind b/c she's great. Glad you got hooked up with someone so good!

  5. Diana Lee - sometimes the front desk people at KU are not clear about it - they just say "Oh she's over at Children's Mercy today" so you have no idea she sees adults too! She might be someone you could see in a pinch if you can't get back to your group in Texas quickly enough