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Gesine, I think there is a demand for nurses everywhere. Any nurses can come to this country and find full time employment instantly.
I hope you have a really fun time away.
Christine, I saw your photos and didn't have time to comment, but I'm going back eventually. My granddaughters have taken all my energy (and their father!) this week. I'll be glad when the "holiday" ends so I can have a rest! LOL We spent a couple of hours at the local swimming pool today. I didn't swim, and just watched in case someone decided to drown. There have been parks and other things, but the weather wasn't great until today. It has been really hot - 33C most days - with threatening and actual rain.
We went to visit the town where my son grew up, on Wednesday, and I managed to crack my windscreen and chip a whole heap of paint beside the windscreen when a passing truck at a roadworks site kicked up large rocks. I feel so disappointed. My lovely car is now damaged. I don't think the insurance will cover it as I have an excess, but we'll see.
I really do love my car. It's so comfortable to drive, and holds the road well.
In the other town, I drove over to see the house I built so many years ago. It was nice to see the changes that have been made to it. When it was built, it was like the little house on the prairie, but now the whole area is built up. My son's old two room school now has two extra large blocks and ten times the number of children attending. The whole town has grown so much. My son hasn't been back since he left 22 years ago. We had a lovely lunch in a restaurant, and it was a good day.
Tomorrow the girls want to go to church in the morning (they like Sabbath School - the Adventist version of Sunday School - and I am not a member, or even a Christian, but I do believe in God and I like going sometimes) and then my son's partner (not their mother) will drive up from Brisbane, stay the night, and drive them all back on Sunday. It has been hard work, and my hands haven't been 100%, but I will miss them terribly when they go. It's kind of nice to have the house full of people. You don't realise how isolated you are until you aren't any more! LOL
We have a public holiday on Monday, so I will have that extra day to get organised for work, thankfully, then back to the grind.
Christine, you'd have to be a truly dedicated madwoman to participate in Sock Madness! What a great idea, but the last two would be half dead from that effort. Your socks really look nice, and the amount of work in them is amazing. well done!
Oh what a pity Dez. Hope your insurance will pay for all.
It's nice to get back to the places where we lived in our childhood or where we had good times but most places had changed over the times. Partly you can hardly recognize the little things you loved.
Weather was really horrible at the race. Saturday afternoon it rained so much that only a few people dare to get out on the track. Social life in paddock got down to zero because of the rain we not even visited the paddock party. Only gone to bed with thick bedcovers and a heater in the car.
Luckily we got a place in a pit with nice people so we don't need to build up our
It would have blown away by the heavy wind and rain. And now I have one week to recover from the weekend.
Poor Gesine! I think sometimes the weather is out to get us. Rain spoils everything. At least you were out of the wind. Do you mean you're off work for another week? That's good. I have to go back tomorrow, but I haven't achieved much in the house. I'm sitting here with wet hair at 9pm and now I have to go dry it.
I stopped in at work briefly during the week to discover my computer has gone and I have been left a laptop to replace it. Not happy. If this is permanent, I will have to tolerate it, but the screen is so small and my eyesight so bad. My last monitor at work was 23 inches - the same size as my home monitor - so I could have the print quite large and see it all comfortably. Oh, well, the new company will make their changes whether I like them or not, I guess.
That's bad luck with your windscreen, Dez. It is hard to win competitions against trucks. They can be quite ruthless.
I hope your laptop is no permanent replacement, but it is a bad sign that someone dragged that heavy monitor away. I don't like those laptops, the keyboard is so
it feels uncomfortable. We have one here at work but I'm lucky that I don't have to work with it.
I'm back at work for a while now after my time off. Migraine struck heavily during those leisure days, that was not funny. I consider to visit a specialised pain hospital where they treat thousands of migraine patients over the years. Maybe they have some more ideas what I can improve so that the attacks are easier to cope with.
Michael, I'm really sorry you have had such a hard time. Yes, pain clinics are what is needed when you have such a chronic situation. I'm sure you have done a lot of research on the net to look for solutions. There has to be some way to make this a bit better.
Re the computer: yesterday I arrived back at work to find the laptop has very short cords and it could only reach the back of my desk. They had connected my large monitor (thankfully), but to type, I had to lean over to the back of the desk. I called the office and they had a keyboard, so now my desk looks awful, with the laptop in one corner, the keyboard and monitor, and very little space for anything else, but at least I can type. I was also sent an old larger desk - in pieces - but I have no time to deal with it right now, so it is waiting for me to set up. First I have reports to finish and I still haven't caught up on my emails. I was only away a week, but this is a time of great change with the merger, and so much is happening. I have three days training next week in our new computer program, plus a heart specialist appointment (which I had forgotten). At least she is coming here and I don't have to travel to Brisbane.
you are a person with a very great and warm heart, so she has a lot to inspect and hopefully brings good news.
The larger desk will be helpful for you, enough space is very important.
I think the main problem with my migraine may be that I'm a typical male, not very good at listening to faint sounds from my body which are telling me of an upcoming attack. Slight feelings of unwellness, things which I tend to overlook. Even increased occurrence of yawning or things like that may be a signthat the next attack is coming near. But of course there are also false alarms, so sometimes you have the feeling that you get crazy from too much self-observation... Still, the signs are important to find the proper moment when the medicine injections work best. This is always like a lottery for me, and I sadly lose most of the time. I have improved my skills somewhat, but I'm still not good enough...
That's a lovely thing to say, Michael. Thank you.
Michael, have you ever tried botox to prevent your migraines? I had read something about it and I Googled it. There is a lot about it. Here is one article:
and another: http://www.rense.com/general66/ahaud.htm
The second talks about surgery as well, but it's an old article. I'm sure you have explored all this and forgive me if I'm telling you what you already know.
So what do you take if you are aware that a headache is about to happen? And is it effective?
Thanks for the kiss ;-)
Botox is licensed in Germany as a migraine medicine when you have migraine usually on around 15 days per month. Luckily I'm still far away from that frequency (avg 8 - 12 days). I've discussed it with my neurologist. We have that in mind in case that things should get worse.
Currently I'm injecting myself a Sumatriptan when a headache comes up.
These Triptanes work for aboutup to 6 hours. Then you are allowed to take another shot if the attack isn't over. If it isn't still over then you have lost. You can then bear the pain only (attacks can endure up to four days). Some usual pain killers like aspirine in high dosages help a little bit, especially towards the end of the attack, best when served via the drip straight into the vein. But generally Migraine hurts stronger than other headaches, it is a quite intense torture. Heavier attacks are accompanied by long hours of vomiting (about once an hour for up to thirty hours), no wonder that this torture also produced a nice little tinnitus. That sounds like a washing machine centrifuging in my head... Good that I'm hard of hearing...
Do they give you morphine? I know people here who get migraine and they give them morphine when the pain is so bad. Not sure how effective it is, but it seems to help. Lying there suffering with nothing to buffer it is dreadful. I can't imagine how bad it must be. I'd be straight into the botox instead of waiting for a few more days. I don't know the side effects, but when you're consumed with pain your quality of life is more important.
This is terrible. There has to be a way to relieve it and if not, we need more research. I apologise for all my complaining. I don't know how I'd cope in your situation.
..neither would I
I've only had two migraine attacks in my whole life
and I still remember how it felt; like someone was pushing my eyeball out of my head from the inside brrrr
and you can't wish someone with chronic migraine "good luck" or "get well soon"
We take our good health for granted, don't we? I think it's only when you have chronic or disabling things that you realise how lucky you are to have those good days.
Dez, I've looked it up: our experts here say morphine isn't really effective against migraine, it might only cover up the pain a little bit, but it also causes more sickness as a side effect. no thank you. I have to look for other solutions.
indeed migraine helps a lot to remember how good and precious these days are when you are healthy and free of pain. We tend to take them for granted too easily. But we should at least all be aware that we are all getting older, so let's make the best out of it and don't wait for anything...
Unfortunately morphine is the strongest painkiller here. Heroin is not allowed for medical use, but my understanding is that it is more potent. Not necessarily for migraine, though.
is what we all need to get through...
I'm reading about the programme of that pain clinic now, which is very complex, a great bundle of courses to teach you to change your life, learn to relax, make more sports, things like that. The average stay there is three to four weeks. For my stubborn head some hard
So it's a live-in place? I have only heard of the outpatient kind. That would be very helpful, I think, but it's a big commitment when you work and with Christa.
Yes, its's a live-in place. In my case the stay shouldn't take much longer than two weeks. But it is important to interrupt your usual life and concentrate on improving the migraine issue when you want to make any progress on that front. The main problem is to change habits like how to deal with stress, which is much easier said than done, and learn to be more attentive in order to prevent upcoming attacks. I feel so totally deaf as far as listening to body signals is concerned, this is really not easy for me. As I said, I mostly tend to ignore them, as well as I'm used to work with pain in my neck at the computer.
I have to try to
my life into a healthier direction.
It's certainly worthwhile, and I hope you can find a lot of help. I wonder if the stress is a symptom of what causes the headaches rather than the cause - or if it's a bit of both.
Apart from pain clinics, are there any particular medical facilities in the world that are having success with treating migraine? I imagine you would have done research on this. (Well, Google research, at least.)
This sounds promising:
Yes, that sounds promising. There are so many people worldwide suffering from migraine, so I hope the research will make good progress.
Many neurologists offer specialised migraine consultations, that is quite a big market.
The advantage of the clinic is that doctors of several disciplines can work hand in hand to find the optimal treatment for the specific migraine constellation.
Did you know that there are more than 252 different variations of headaches which the doctors are able to distinguish?
I had another form of headache some years ago, called cluster headache, which was successfully eliminated with specific medics.
Migraine, unfortunately, isn't curable, you can only try to make the attacks less severe and less often by optimizing the medication and your lifestyle. This is what I have to learn in that clinic.
Michael, I'm not sure but I thought only a few people who suffers on migraine have signals which announce the next attack.
A friend of us is treated long time as a migraine patient until he got such a heavy attack that his partner must get him to a hospital. He suffers from cluster headache and has now a bottle of oxygen at home. When an attack comes (and this happens in a blink) he has to lay down for a few hours with his oxygenmask and the pain is over. He needs no medicament any more.
It was a very quick diagnosis, cause his doctor told him to write a pain dairy , which helped a lot.
May be you have a hybrid form and oxygen will help you too
I think that the clinic is a great idea, and I really hope they can find a workable solution for you, Michael. Do you know yet when you might go?
Gesine, I think oxygen is something that has the potential to help many. We live our lives indoors and some people never open their windows, and are so oxygen depleted that they think they have asthma and various infections. I believe someone I know well took asthma medication for years for no reason. When I would visit her I would feel sick from the lack of air in her place. When she moved to a safer suburb, where she wasn't afraid to open her house, her asthma improved dramatically.
Intense oxygen treatment also helps with the repair of tissues, and I think if it's used properly it can seem miraculous.
Oh, Dez, you have an own domain of course - pain.com, and it tells us about the warning signs or all the funny things that may happen to tell us that a migraine attack is on its way:
Gesine, I have migraine without aura, my warning signs are not very accurate and I'm also not able to foresee whether an attack will be a light one or a heavy one. Perhaps I can learn that one day with even more observation skills, but by now I have no clue.
No, I have no date settled yet for the clinic. Perhaps something about March next year. That still needs some preparation.
LOL @ pain.com
I cleaned the gerbil-tank today and Ed&Willem are very happy with their fresh bedding and mountain hay (mint).
And I too like the smell of fresh hay.
Yesterday was a very wet day in the western part of the Netherlands, the normal amount of rain for the month of October fell in one day
here in the North no problems
I love the smell of fresh hay, too. It must have to do with childhood memories, not that I have slept on haylofts very often ;-)
Dez, is your windscreen repaired now, or are you still driving a cabrio? And did the mowing work without any new catastrophes?
That's a lot of rain, Christine. We had a very wet autumn and winter - usually our dey months - so maybe it's the Northern hemisphere's turn. I know the heat arrived here in full force (although the last few days have been lovely).
Ed and Willem would be having a blast with their new bedding.
Michael, Neither have been done. I have had no time. The fellow still hasn't been to mow, and my yard is looking awful. I've lost his number. I may just get someone else to do it.
We have had big dramas at work - well, they have been for me, and I've been in tears about it all for the last few days. I can't go into it because you never know who reads this stuff, but I feel like leaving. Unfortunately at my age and with my health I would not find a better job. If conditions deteriorate, though, I might look around. I've been stabbed in the back by several people, and as a consequence I am going to have an enormous workload and I am losing my best worker. I have been reminded of how shallow respect is from supervisors in any workplace, and I will certainly not be open and honest with any of them again. They manipulated a situation and seem to think I was unaware of exactly what they were doing.
No doubt this, too, shall pass. I really hate people.