straight from the airport, cut through the customs line

I’m alive.

No more bruised than usual.

Don’t you hate it when real life gets in the way of blogging. Geez. Alas, I’m here, just been feeling ill lately. In addition to what happened in Vancouver that is.

Much like how things took hold of me in December, although it happened in reverse order this time. Started when I went to see Super 8 last Saturday, the camera motion did not agree with me; enter projectile vomiting. I really must stop being ill in public places, eh? The nausea was just a catalyst for the migraine and dizziness to set back in. Couldn’t have picked a worse week (or best?) I had specialist appointments with my Neurologist, followed by an afternoon long diagnostic test, or tests rather, to deal with the inner ear problems. I felt as though I was in an episode of House mixed in with a few hours in Dr. Bishops’ lab on Fringe. Electrodes placed everywhere! Odd goggles and hot water shot into my ears for various intervals. During which I could not close my eyes, because the purpose was to measure my eye movement during these induced dizzy spells. That my friends, was hard.

I doubt very much I’ll hear back about the tests anytime soon. However, on the migraine front they have one more drug to try on me, and then the next alternative…botox. Apparently this is a common treatment for migraines. Did you know this? I didn’t. I’m not exactly thrilled at the prospect, and still have a lot of questions, but if I don’t try that the next alternative is really more invasive. With the botox they’d inject a non cosmetic dose into the base of my neck, and then the temples and across the brow. My biggest concern is still being able to do “blue steel” – so we’ll see.

Still those are not the main reasons for my lack of posting.

I have been putting in a lot more time on Skype these days with the parentals. My mom has recently been diagnosed with a condition that has forced her into early retirement, and shortly will have to undergo spinal surgery, which will very much impact the quality of her life; for the better or worse is yet to be determined. She is still a bit uncertain about the surgery, as along with the risks, it’s not a permanent solution. Right now she has no feeling, and only slight mobility on her right side, and this is just the start. Basically, her spinal column is narrowing and the nerve endings are getting cut off. It’s as painful as it sounds.

So that’s where my head has been lately; worrying about her and wishing there was something more I could do.

Since there’s not, here’s a funny picture. Couldn’t think of a song.



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8 responses to “straight from the airport, cut through the customs line

  1. Sounds like a tough time right now – how about “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want” as a song choice?

  2. That’s an excellent choice, Dale! When in doubt, The Smiths are always a good call. :)

  3. The hot water boarding test sounds particularly nasty. I hope that it leads to some answers and some treatments.

    If you end up going with the botox treatment, perhaps you could arrange to have it done WHILE you are doing blue steel!

  4. What nastiness. I’m sorry you had such a rough time after Super 8, too. Was the movie any good in the end? I don’t think I knew about the botox treatment for migraines, but I hear you on the blue steel thing. :D

    It was great visiting with you!

  5. bloody awful poetry

    Aw man, you have had a rough week. Those water-in-the-ears thing sounds horrendous. Hope things get a little less rough as time goes on. As for happy music, I would suggest sticking with Beirut, old and new. They’ve been a lifesaver over the last couple of weeks :)

  6. kelly

    That was a rough week for you and your mom, sorry to hear that.

    Am I the only one who has no clue what you all mean by blue steel?

  7. Barb: I hope so too, but I’m not holding my breath.

    Yes! What a brilliant idea. You think of everything. ;)

    WC: It was great to see you too. I was sick in the middle of Super 8, and spent the duration focusing on not throwing up, so I’m probably not the best person to ask. It was okay, but not great.

    BAP: I need to get back on the Beirut train! I can’t wait for the new album!!

    Kelly: Probably…it’s from the film Zoolander.

  8. kelly

    I’m afraid I missed that one

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