Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Windy, Warm, and Fiery

Will and I went to check the mail yesterday afternoon and saw this:

While we've loved the warm weather, the combination of heat, wind, and a lack of rain has been an issue in the Denver area.  We didn't realize it then, but this cloud is from a big wildfire just outside the metro.

There was also a house that burnt down a few miles down the road.  Whoa.

By the time Grant got home the entire sky was filled with smoke.  It even looked hazy inside our house, and Grant's clothes all smell like campfire now.

We may have to do a rain dance.  
A rain boogie?  
A rain jig?  
A rain macarena... 
ooh a rainarena!  That's it.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

It feels good... know you have been able to help someone. know the Lord has given you a gift (no matter how small) that allows you to make someone's road a little less rocky. know there is a reason you were born. know there is a place to go (home) when you're done here.

It feels good to know.

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Springing of Spring

We've had a fun week in this beautiful spring weather!  We've been out on a few walks, checked out a few garage sales, and loved the light lasting a little longer in the evening.  

We have two BYU rugby players staying with us while they are in town for a few games and a camp. I love having people in the house.  It makes me excited to do all of the things I might normally begrudge doing: cleaning, cooking, grocery shopping etc.  We also love reminiscing about BYU and the amazing time we had there.  Tis a magical place. 

We've also been slowly progressing in the home projects department.  We painted the guest room, and I've been cleaning these candlesticks that Mumsie gave us.

The plan is to paint them white for the mantle.  But Bubba's plan is just to eat them.  Along with everything else that will fit in his mouth.

Yay for Spring!  And also... for the Hunger Games movie-- we're going tomorrow and Will is going to have his first non-family babysitter.  Schweet.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Dear Ole St. Patty

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!  We spent the day painting the guest room and at a basketball game for the Young Women I coach at church.  (They won.  Undefeated.  Probably because I'm so amazing at coaching basketball...  Today our goal was to "Stand in Holy Places," which means to be under the basket for rebounds and to find places to get open for passes...)

Tomorrow we are having Corned Beef & Cabbage for dinner.  And I just might have to watch Luck of the Irish.  Good times.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Daniels Park

While Bma was visiting, we drove out to Daniels Park, a huge 1000 acre park just south of our house.  It has a gorgeous view of the mountains in addition to some sweet roaming buffalo.  Yep, buffalo.

It was quite the chilly day so we bundled up the little bubba...

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Search for Sanity: Part VIII

It has been a year and a half since I've posted about my migraines.  Something about having a baby got in the way of medical progress...

To review past posts look here.

I did go to see a new neurologist in Texas.  To put it kindly... I was not impressed.  He listened to a brief review of my 20+ year history and then lectured me on what migraine triggers were... Thank you sir, I know what they are, as I have a list of about 20 that affect me.  He put me on a beta-blocker which I took for a few months with no luck.

Then I got pregnant with Baby T and wasn't able to take anything but Tylenol and Midrin (a throwback to my childhood.  Midrin works okay, but is nowhere near as powerful as Imitrex, what I've been taking for the last 5+ years).  It was a long, long 9 months...

Since Will was born, my migraines have gotten more frequent and less predictable.  I rarely have auras anymore, which was previously, an excellent warning sign to take my medication & get to bed as soon as possible.  Additionally, I now have another human being to take care of, which have proved exceedingly difficult when all I want to do is sleep and cry in a dark room.

A recent renewal in my hope of a "cure" led me to Dr. Round, one of the best neurologists in Denver. Luckily, he was much more personable than the last neuro I saw.  We talked over my history, symptoms, all that fun stuff, and he recommended that I have an MRI done.  He's not expecting to find anything; it's more of a precautionary measure before we decide on a treatment plan.  The one thing I hope (and don't hope) might show up in my results is signs of a PFO, or a small congenital hole in the heart.  Studies have recently been done where repairing this hole in migraine sufferers has caused dramatic decreases in severity and frequency of migraines.  Of course, I don't really want there to be a hole in my heart... but right now, the concept of finding the "culprit" outweighs my fears of surgery, etc.

Dr. Round also told me that, assuming my MRI is normal, one of the best treatments that he has been recommending to patients is Botox.  Approved by the FDA only in the last year or two, Botox has shown to be extremely effective in preventing migraine pain.  So far, I fit the bill perfectly for Botox.  I'm pretty excited about this prospect, although Dr. Round said it is extremely expensive if not covered by insurance, (so fingers are crossed about that one).

As an endnote, I recently read Lucy Grealy's Autobiography of a Face.  It was an amazingly powerful memoir about beauty, pain, and healing written by a woman who, as a child, had half of her jaw removed due to cancer.  Although I'm aware that migraines and cancer are an apples to oranges comparison, I related to Grealy's thoughts about pain and trauma in a way I didn't expect.  After her cancer is gone, she has multiple surgeries that attempt to restore the structure of her face.  She talks about the expectations and hope that precede each surgery and then the inevitable disappointment and depression that follow each surgery and its failure to produce the results she was expecting.

I feel that way about my seemingly endless battle with migraines.  Over time, I have come to terms with the fact that migraines are a part of my life; this is my cross to bear and it is okay that I will never be rid of them.  I resist the thought that there might be a cure.

But eventually, I turn back to hope: hope in a new doctor, hope in a new medication, hope in alternative methods or diets.  I get excited about the possibility of living a new life; a life free of constant pain and often guilt for falling back into "pet" triggers.

But inevitably, the new doctor fails to listen, the new medication fails to make a difference, and I'm left disappointed and depressed, feeling naive for believing that things could be different.  And however irrational I know it is, I feel guilty for even wanting a life without migraines; for coveting a life that perhaps I wasn't meant to have.

Of course, most of the time I live somewhere in between these two extremes, attempting to hold on to hope while I remain content with my lot.  But I'm scared.  Scared of trusting in my current excitement about MRI's, PFO's and Botox; knowing that the painful letdown is all but too close.

My next appointment with Dr. Round is tomorrow morning.  I'll update soon.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Diggin the Boots

My mama came to visit this week.  When I picked her up at the airport with little Willister in tow, we discovered we were wearing the same boots, our Arturo Chiang "Enlighten" boots.  

I got the brown ones for Christmas and Bma got the grey ones.  They look great with skinny jeans, and I love that the zipper is at the bottom so that I can pull the bottom of my pants down before zipping up.

What are your go-to boots this season?

Friday, March 2, 2012

Laundry and Bma

Laundry day.
It's easier to carry everything downstairs when it's all in one bundle, baby included. 

Will is a fan.  Except when the laundry basket eats it and his head makes immediate, forceful contact with the wall... which it did, about 3 seconds after this picture was taken...

Luckily he bounces back quickly.