Thursday, June 21, 2012

Stress = Pain?

Wow...I've posted every day this week.  It's been awhile since I've done that but I'm happy to be getting things out there again.

My daughter's early kindergarten assessment went alright I think.  It's really impossible to tell.  We got to the administration building and the secretary gave her a name badge and then walked her and another girl into a separate room where a teacher was in there and watched them interact for a few minutes and asked them questions.  Then a separate teacher takes them individually and asks them letters, counting, parts of the body, colors, etc.  Then they walk them out.  Took about an hour.  We'll find out in 2 weeks whether or not she can go to kindergarten in August or if we'll wait another year.  The teacher didn't let on about anything at all (Fantastic poker face) and the only details I got about the assessment itself was from the 4 year old so you gotta imagine the details are a little skewed.

So remember the pain that took me to the ER back in March?  Well, it came back last night.  I didn't want to go back to the doctor as they never really figured out what caused it the first time.  The doctor had said all they could see on the MRI was some irritation around the band.  So I'm assuming that's what it is again.  So I took a Tylenol with Codeine and promptly fell asleep on the couch.  Once I made it up to the bedroom, I slept off and on all night.  Then I woke up with a headache this morning and I'm absolutely exhausted.  Since the codeine makes me sleepy, I took ibuprofen instead this morning.  Headache is now a dull throb as opposed to sharp shooting, the same with the pain in my side.  :(  Did I call in today?  Nope.  I'm here at work, muddling through.

It got  me thinking though.  First, it's not fair that I have irritation around my band.  I haven't done anything wrong!  I haven't had any carbonation (it's not the carbonation type pain but still), haven't eaten past satisfaction or until I was in pain, and I can't even remember the last time I PB'd.  It's just not fair.  So I was trying to think of what else happened in March to cause it that may have caused it now.  The only thing I can think of is stress.  My grandmother was dying in March (I actually received the news of her passing while I was in ER) and I was trying to figure out how to get out there and the money and the flights and everything.  The girls were on Spring Break so I was worried about what to do with them.  Things were kind of a mess.  Well, there's been a lot going on here the last week or so...very busy at work, at home, the in laws, the birthday.  While I haven't been feeling particularly STRESSED (except about the inlaws), just busy....maybe that's all it takes to send my body and band into some weird painful place.  I don't know.  It's the only theory I've got going on right now.  So I'll be self medicating the next couple days...glad I have some pain meds left from my procedure I had last month.  If it gets worse, I'll call my lapband doc and see what he says.

So since joining the gym, I have gone zero time.  That's, nada, zilch, zip.... We'll see how the pain's doing tonight and whether or not we're visiting with the inlaws and I'll try to make it.   If not, I'm not beating myself up over it.  I joined...that was step 1.  It was a really tough week to expect to get to the gym too much...between the cable guy (who for some reason has to block out HOURS for you to wait around for him), the assessment, the birthday shopping, the inlaws, the birthday parties this weekend, etc.).  I'm doing my best.

I'm sure this could've been listed out in a Ten Thing Thursday but was feeling more like free flowing today.  Hope y'all are having a great Thursday!


jennxaz said...

man I hope everything is ok with you! You have had a lot of stress with work and family maybe stress is irritating the band....anyway I do hope it all work itself out!

Jen said...

Yikes, I hope this pain doesn't last long term. I think you may be on to something though with the correlation between stress and pain.. i'm hoping that's what it is.

Amy said...

Ack! I hope things improve for you. And you're right - sometimes it just isn't fair. None of us really knew what would transpire when we had the band put in. Stress absolutely takes a toll on me band wise. Every time I eat a meal with Mr. X's family, I have to poke around at my plate and be super careful!