Category Archives: Health

Barry

The remnants of Hurricane Barry will be passing over Vermont the next few days. That means a low pressure system is moving through. I’ve been through enough tropical storms and hurricane to know what’s coming with the low pressure systems: sinus headaches. I had to leave work early yesterday because of one. The pressure around my eyes was causing pounding pain. I hate tropical weather, and thank goodness, it rarely comes to Vermont. However, come it has. We are even expecting a heat wave this weekend. Thank goodness I have an air conditioner now. Does anyone else get affected by weather like this?


Health Update

The provider I saw yesterday (I couldn’t get in to see my doctor, so I had to see on of his PAs) gave me a new and stronger antibiotic, both to take orally and to put drops in my ear. By nightfall, my ear was feeling much better. Hopefully that will continue. Earaches are one of the worst pains, especially when the swelling reaches down to your jaw. It can make eating miserable. But I am feeling better now.

Working Order

All my complaints yesterday are pretty much in working order again, except for my ear. At one point yesterday the pain became almost unbearable. I had to cancel my hair appointment and my date. I also had to call my doctor. I needed to know if they could do anything about the pain or give me some advice. He said to keep an ice pack on it and to keep taking pain medicine on a regular basis. Basically, don’t let the pain relief from Tylenol or Advil wear off. They also moved up my appointment from 3 pm to 10:45 am today. I’m assessing how I feel right now, and will decide soon if I will go to work or not this morning. If all is okay after the doctor’s appointment, I may go in then, but it’s according to the pain level.


How I Feel

Not too well, to be honest. The putting in of the temporary crown was an ordeal. By ordeal, I mean that it took nearly two hours to do. It wasn’t painful except for the Novocain shots. Otherwise it was just boring and uncomfortable. As for the earache, it still hurts quite a bit. I can’t even close my mouth all the way because the swelling goes down into my jaw. Not to mention that it hurts to eat. Earaches are just miserable. At least some of the swelling has gone down, but not by much. And then there is my back. Monday evening I was getting in some groceries when all of a sudden my lower back started to spasm. Now every step I take hurts. It’s ok if I’m still, but moving is painful. It did get some better yesterday, but was hurting when I went to bed last night, oh and let’s not forget that along with the earache, I have a headache that just won’t go away, I’ll probably have it until my ear clears up. 
Yet, I have to go into work anyway and be productive. Today, I have two meetings. I guarantee they will be boring. Then I go get my haircut in the evening. After that, I sort of have a date, but only if my back is feeling better.

The Dentist

I hate going to the dentist. This morning, I have an appointment from 8-10 am to get work done for a crown. I’ve had one crown before and it was no fun. I don’t expect this one to be any fun either. The tooth that will be worked on is on the right side of my head, but in addition to that, I have an earache in my left ear, which I fear is an ear infection. The ear canal is swollen and I can barely hear out of it. Top all that off with a headache, and you have me being pretty miserable.

In Pain

The tooth doesn’t hurt and the root canal was not too bad. However, it hurts where he gave me the shots, especially the pain blocker he put in my jaw. It’s no longer blocking the pain. I have to go into work today regardless of the pain. Everyone else is off today, so I’m the only one in the office. Hopefully, I’ll get a lot done. I need to work on my museum studies class. I’ve got a lot to do, because I’ve gotten a little bit behind, but I’ll get caught up. I have to figure out though how I’m going to record my elevator speech that is due this week. It should be a busy day today so hopefully it will go by quickly,

Root Canal

I’ve been dreading this day for months. Today is the day I have to have a root nail,performed on one of my teeth. The tooth quit bothering me when I took the antibiotic my dentist prescribed, but I guess if I don’t do something the pain will come back. My dentist says these people are fast and easy. I hope he’s correct. My neighbor said it was cheaper just to have the tooth pulled. I want to keep all my teeth for as long as possible. I’m really dreading this root canal.

Cold

I have a terrible cold. I’ll write more later when I feel better.


Yesterday

Yesterday was not a good day. First of all, for the past few days, I’ve had a toothache when I lie down at night. It doesn’t really hurt any other time. Sunday night, the pain stopped and I thought all was okay. Then on Monday night, the pain was back. I didn’t have a choice but to call my dentist and make an appointment. Luckily, they were able to get me in right away. They did an x-ray of the tooth. Underneath the filling I just had done a few weeks ago, there was s huge cavity that had grown into the pulp of my tooth. The only way to eliminate the pain is to do a root canal. However, I have to wait until April 30 to do anything about it. So that’s how my morning started out.

Then I got two emails. One asked me to do an oral history on a 90-year-old alumnus. The problem is not doing an oral history; that is still part of my job description. The problem is when he’s in Vermont, I am not. So it looks like I may have to go to New Jersey for the interview. The trip may or may not involve a funeral.  In the second one, the speaker I had hoped to get for an event in November can’t make it for the dates we need. This is my third try at a speaker. So I am back to square one. We do have an alumnus who is the head of a major Washington museum whom my boss is trying to get instead. It turns out, though, he has to go through our Development Office first. That’s just one more delay.

I also realized how much I still have to do before I leave for Alabama on Sunday.

On top of all that, I had a migraine for most of the day.


NyQuil

I’ve had the beginnings of a cold for the past few days. I was up Wednesday and Thursday night coughing, so I took some NyQuil Friday night. It knocked me out, not only for the night, but for most of Saturday. I did stay up long enough to take my taxes to be done, what a fucking mess they are for a variety of reasonsm but that’s another story. After how drowsy it made me Saturday, I decided to take just half a dose of NyQuil Saturday night. I swear I think it was worse. I had so much trouble waking up, and then once I was awake staying awake. On top of that I just felt like crap. Not more NyQuil for me.


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