The past two weeks has been crazy. You probably won't believe me when I tell you some of the things that have happened. It started about a week ago, while we were in Neurology class. As most know, I suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2011. Since, I have had many symptoms including vertigo, headache/migraine, word-finding problems, concentration issues, etc. I was on the upswing until July of 2015 when I developed a constant headache that would easily turn to migraine. I acquired a neurologist here at Mayo and he did a great job of helping me control the pain and the recurring migraines. However, I wasn't perfect, because the dose of drugs I need to keep me headache free doesn't allow me to learn well and puts me in a hazy fog. I can't be around patients in that state. Usually, my migraines come on with significant aura, and I can feel it coming on for at least an hour. But, while sitting in neurology lecture, I had a bursting pain behind my right eye and shortly thereafter, my right face went numb, I had significant facial twitching, and my right side grew weak. I went out in to the hall and the pain was significant enough that I paged one of my neurology professors from the lecture hall and asked her to come and assess me. She saw my condition, and by then I was unable to speak, so she grabbed the stroke expert who also happened to be in our lecture hall, and they assisted me. I had a low stroke scale, but it was still on the docket. I got a nice ambulance ride and a stay in the ED for the day. The options were stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage (brain bleed), TIA, or very atypical migraine. My CT was clean (normal) and I declined a lumbar puncture to confirm no hemorrhage (at that point I just wanted to go home and sleep - they had given me nice pain meds).They decided that because they couldn't pinpoint a diagnosis, it was most likely a migraine. I continued on with the head pain/migraine for five more days and had two other episodes that I did not seek emergency medical attention for, because they were transient (were improved within 2 hours). It was sure a whirlwind! You never quite know when it's going to happen, so I have my stock of drugs with me at all time and have been working on all prevention techniques I can (no processed foods, no bananas (?), blandish fresh food, extreme water amounts, etc). Now I'm on steroids, so I'll probably be ballooning like a whale within the next few days.
Meanwhile, on Sunday I felt mildly recovered with a headache still, but wanted to clean Jeff's car. I got up at my normal time (5:30AM) and got my supplies together and started driving to the car wash area to use their vacuum and carpet shampooer. On the way, I got pulled over :(. Going 43 in a 40!!!! Luckily no ticket. To make it worse, I was cleaning away at the car wash location and the car went dead. So I had to ask a stranger to jump the car ( mind you it was 8:30AM). He was not impressed and didn't really want to help me, but poor ole' Jeff was sound asleep and couldn't come to my rescue. Needless to say, those 3 hours of car cleaning time while the car was dead were well spent. That car is sparkling.
I finally get to post about the Convocation of Thanks that the Mayo Med Students, PT students, and Surgical Assistant students put on. It was a ceremony to thank the families of the donors of our anatomy lab. Every one of our students partook in the ceremony. I was part of the flower committee. In years past they had just ordered a lot of bouquets from a florist in town, but it cost a lot of money for little yield, and then the families couldn't take home the flowers and the flowers just died after a few days. This year we wanted something a little different, something that the family could take home and enjoy as a memory of the ceremony. We still decided to get a few bouquets for the brunch stations and the coffee station, but we decided we wanted to make our own centerpieces that the families could take home. The theme of the ceremony was a path in a garden so we decided to use succulents in our centerpieces. Here is what we came up with (below). We made 70 centerpieces.
I also have recently checked out the local farmer's market here, which is super good! There were all kind of vendors and I picked up some rhubarb, spinach, a bison stick (??), a giant cinnamon roll for jeff and handmade goat's milk soap and I payed around $14 (the soap was $5 alone) ...i thought it was a great deal.
I made some rhubarb crisp for my Saturday night church group and they devoured it ! Jeff ate all the little ones :\ . hahaha
I also turned 23.....I don't know if it's good or bad. Sometimes seeing patients they tell us we are too young to be training as doctors, or we are too young to have any experiences. In that sense, I wish I was older. But I reflect on all the things I want to get done and still have left to experience and I want to be younger. I guess I'll take 23. :) My classmates gave me a hand written card and my classmate, Leon, got me a mini birthday cake! YAY.
Jeff took me bowling for a game and some pizza (he also had beer).
more soon, my lovelies. Enjoy the beginning of spring and all it has to offer! For us in med school, we will be set free for four weeks in three weeks time. Pray for us! :)
M3 at Mayo Clinic School of Medicine