Breaking the rules

I’ve been headache-free for about five hours. I really can’t find the words to express how wonderful it feels- yet at the same time, I feel kind of anxious about when this pain-free period will end.

Against my neurologist’s advice, I took an Alleve today. Just one. It’s the fourth time I’ve taken Alleve in the past 27 days, which isn’t too bad. I know he just doesn’t want me taking it regularly, because it (along with Tylenol, ibuprofen, etc.) can cause rebound headaches. Hopefully I won’t pay for my decision in the morning.

Earlier today, I had pain that I would probably rate as a 7 out of 10 (before taking the Alleve). It was hard for me to do much of anything. I considered not going to a group meeting for a project / my ONE class today, but then decided I needed to just push through the pain. I’m glad I did, because once I was on campus, I started to feel better. Maybe the Diet Coke I drank had something to do with that, too. I’m not really sure.

Since I’ve been home, I’ve made dinner, taken laundry out of the dryer, swept the kitchen, responded to some emails, hung out with Doug, cleaned up from dinner, and worked on a big assignment I have due Monday. Not even that much stuff, but I feel ridiculously productive.

Keeping my fingers crossed for a low pain day tomorrow…but also reminding myself that even if it’s not low pain, I can get through it. I really need the pain to be manageable, though, because I’m working for five hours and then babysitting for 3.5 hours. Actually, 6 hours of work if you count the staff meeting tomorrow morning.

One day at a time…


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