If you didn't figure it out from my Post Its on Tuesday, I've been battling a major migraine. Never before have I had one that messed with my vision - this one did. On Thursday, Sunday, and Tuesday, I had weird things happening with my vision. I went in to see my doctor on Tuesday. Well, a substitute doctor - mine is out of town until next week. She gave me one prescription - I went to get it filled, checking the price first because she didn't want me to spend a fortune when there are other meds that will do just as well. Good thing I checked, because it was $300 for six pills. If I hadn't had a migraine before, I definitely would've had a headache after hearing that! As it was, I felt very lightheaded, and thankful we had checked before filling. The pharmacy called the doc and got me a Rx for Imitrex, which turned out to cost me nothing. Huge difference!
The Imitrex seemed like it was working - I went to bed Tuesday without a migraine. But when I got up Wednesday morning, it was back, and it was MEAN. I called my doctor on my way to mass, leaving a message for a callback. About midway through mass, my phone started ringing (good thing it was on vibrate!). I ran out the back door, knowing I needed to answer (and it was at such a spot where I could without it being obvious). The doctor was skipping the step of MRI and neurologist as she had suggested on Tuesday - instead, she wanted me to go to the ER for an IV of medicine.
It seems like it would be easy to leave a school, right? Not when none of the substitute teachers will answer their phones! The secretary finally found someone who could come in for the afternoon. I called my mom, who was also going to leave school, so she knew that I couldn't leave right away. When I did, I drove home and my mom met me there to take me to the hospital.
The people we met in the ER were fantastic. They re-checked the things my doctor had on Tuesday, but got me an IV very quickly. I don't know what it was, but it had Benedryl with it because they know it has side effects. It worked - my head quit hurting. I also ended up sleeping for close to 22 hours!! I woke up to let the dog out and feed him, let him out around 3 AM, and for breakfast (and to let the dog out again).
I'm still tired (hard to believe, right?) but at least my head doesn't hurt. I still feel a little "off" - it's almost like a hangover, except no headache and I don't feel sick. I just don't feel quite like myself. It makes for an easy day at school - I'm following my sub plans from yesterday - but it still feels like time is moving really slow.
I don't know yet how much the ER visit is going to cost me, but it doesn't matter. I would do it again in a heartbeat just to be rid of the pain. Anyone who has experienced multiple days of a migraine - a major migraine - in a row would agree. You get to a point where you don't care what it takes and what the side effects or cost might be, you just want it to STOP. I am thankful for all of the things and people that make it possible for me to get the relief that I so badly wanted.