Friday, October 1, 2010
RSD Bill Passes, Pain Spike, and Treatment Update
Good morning, healers! I have WONDERFUL news! The RSD Awareness Day Bill passed in the Senate yesterday with a perfect vote (38-0). We're on our way!
Also, I was featured in How to Cope with Pain's September Pain Blog Carnival. Thank you!
I've been struggling a bit the last 24 hours with a rise in my pain levels. We have a nasty, hot, humid rain storm sitting ontop of NJ (all RSDers know how badly that can affect pain levels). Add that to PMS (UGH!) and my demanding graduate school schedule, and it's a difficult mix to not miss a beat with when you don't have any pain medication to take. Well, I technically HAVE plenty of it in my possession, but I'm not taking it. I never want to take another opiate again. I've been opiate free since July 12th when I entered into the hospital for my ketamine infusion. They can acually hinder the ketamine boosters I am currently in the middle of, so my goal is to stay as far away from needing them as possible, even if that means more rest days. It's a fine balance, but my professional life means a lot to me. I will finish my graduate degree this school year.
Instead of pushing myself past my limits and spending the next three days in pain trying to recover, I am going to listen to my body and rest. I know this spike is only temporary and that I should feel better by the weekend. I'm still working on finding that balance between my graduate and professional life, my personal life, and my healing. There is a lesson in here somewhere.
**Treatment Update: Dr. Schwartzman and I have decided to schedule a few extra ketamine boosters in between now and my next scheduled round, which is just before Christmas. The goal is to be able to keep up with a demanding schedule and continue to heal at the same time.