Just like that, another month is GONE! If you remember the starting to last’s month’s recap, because I lost a lot of shifts, I wasn’t able to pay rent. Well, I didn’t make enough to pay it again this month, and I am losing a lot of shifts in November so I won’t be able to pay it on time in December either, which means it’s going to be a tight Christmas
Onto some good news, October contained quite a bit of medical things that went well but I’ll go into more detail below – and November will be similar too. I am slowly getting all the pieces in line to being able to get brain surgery for my epilepsy should I need and/or want it, which is a good thing, even though it sounds like it isn’t. Anyway, let’s get onto the month that was October!
TIDBITS FROM THE MONTH:
♡ I ended up beating my record of seizure free days from last month. As of writing this, I am now four weeks and one day seizure free – and I’m not even on the “normal” dosage of my new medication yet! What that means is, I’ve increased how much I take every two weeks, and I’ve got one more to go. You have to start on a low amount of this medication as the side effects affect most people, I am pretty sure, and they’re super strange.
There’s been nights I’ve stumbled whilst walking, had slurred speech and sounded drunk, was so tired I fell asleep almost instantly, or had an energy boost. However, I had more nights where NOTHING happened, so I’m still taking the medication. My neurologist said it’s pretty much up to me, as I (and Daniel) will know if the side effects are too much to handle, but I’d definitely take these things over seizures.
♡ I got a surprise package from Queen Fine Foods that is pictured above, and I honestly teared up whilst opening it! Queen have always been my favourite brand (which you can tell by the fact that I ALWAYS use their products and rave about them in my food posts) and I love them even more now that I know how sweet the people working their are ☺️
This package came at a perfect time too, as I was having quite a rough day. Whilst I’ve already tried the icing flavour (which I actually really liked, despite not being a huge fan of ginger!), I am hoping to try the other products ASAP, and maybe writing review posts on them. If there’s a particular item you’re interested in and would like to know how good it is, et me know in the comments!
♡ As I mentioned in last month’s recap post, after a LOT of back and forth with the hospital, I finally had a scan booked for October, which went well. It was a PET Scan, so I had to get an injection, lie down in a dark room with my eyes open for 30 minutes, and then put in a machine for about 15 minutes. The injection had to go directly into my vein, which I was nervous about as I had never had one into a vein before, but I really couldn’t feel it at all!
It actually hurt so little, and happened so quickly, that I asked if that was all and the guy doing it said “yep, that’s the only prick of the day – besides me” which made Daniel and I laugh a LOT. You can tell when I find something really funny because I snort and it’s super embarrassing 😂 Daniel and I both turn to humour when things get tough, and even though neither of us were worried about this scan, that little joke really improved the day.
The worst part was actually being in the machine, which I expected. Although it wasn’t as bad as my MRI – which is a very LOUD machine that takes a lot longer than a PET scan, plus I was sick when I had that done – it still wasn’t very fun. The woman who got me set up (which, in this case, means strapped my legs and arms down, and taped my head down too) didn’t say anything about the test other than the fact that I wasn’t allowed to move – which I knew – so I was kind of freaking out when I heard all the noises the machine made.
I knew it would make SOME noises, but they were all so different, and at some points I could hear that stereotypical “things have gone wrong in the lab!” repetitive alarm sound, but once again, it was just the machine. Another thing I didn’t know was going to happen was being wheeled in and out of the machine constantly throughout the test as that did NOT happen during my MRI!
Anyway, I survived, and we had the results the next day. This test pointed to the same area that my MRI did, which is good news. From what I understand, I need all of the tests and scans I am going to have to all point to the same area before I can have brain surgery, as they need to be 100% sure of where the seizures are coming from before they go slicing into my brain 😅Read More »