Rocks In My Head

25 Jun

Writing a blog about life in Mexico seemed like a good idea when I started in 2012. As we near the end of our fourth year of living in Bacalar, I did not expect my time to be filled with dealing with my aging body. Two weeks ago was the first time I missed an entry due to illness. Having always been healthy, and I admit, judgmental of others’ aches and pains, I feel the need to tell the truth about what’s been going on. I’m a mess.

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Sunrise from my hammock.

I thank God for the healthcare system here in southern Mexico and the excellent doctors. My motto has always been that a doctor’s is a second opinion since mine is the first. Lately I’ve needed second, third and fourth opinions.

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Isn’t he a cutie? Our internist Oscar Rosaldo.

Back in February I had a sudden and severe headache that took me out. After a day in bed, it resolved itself and I went on my way. Several months later, as we were leaving for Texas, it hit again. Time for that second opinion.

My doctor Oscar sent me for a CT scan which he reviewed with a worried face. There were white spots on my brain that he said were calcium deposits and sent me to an arterial doctor. The arterial doctor did a sonogram of my carotid artery and declared it normal and sent me to a neurologist.

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Painting to stay awake.

The neurologist sent me for an EEG which was a most interesting experience. I had to stay awake all night before the 8:30 am test. It’s been many years since I stayed awake all night and I had concerns if I could do it. It turned out not to be terribly difficult after all.

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The test involved wires attached all over my head which read brain activity during waking, sleeping, lights flashing and numerous other instructions. It turns out that I actually do have rocks in my head and it’s thought that they’ve been there a long time and are not responsible for my headaches. Sigh.

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So I came away with a prescription for migraine medication, having eliminated a tumor and seizures as the cause of my headaches. That’s the way it is with headaches, process of elimination. Since then I’ve had a virus with fever followed by strep throat. I am now on antibiotics and coming out of it. At least I have a comfy hammock to recover in. Gratitude abounds. DOS TORTAS.

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8 Responses to “Rocks In My Head”

  1. Amy Lifton June 25, 2017 at 2:27 pm #

    Hope you are feeling better! Did they rule out an aneurysm? That’s what my brother died of, and it often is preceeded by a sudden headache (don’t want to worry you!). If they did all those scans, surely they’d have seen if you have one. Anyway, best wishes!

    On Sun, Jun 25, 2017 at 3:09 PM the adventures of dos tortas wrote:

    > afish25 posted: “Writing a blog about life in Mexico seemed like a good > idea when I started in 2012. As we near the end of our fourth year of > living in Bacalar, I did not expect my time to be filled with dealing with > my aging body. Two weeks ago was the first time I misse” >

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    • afish25 July 1, 2017 at 7:45 am #

      I hope so Amy, some things get lost in translation.

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  2. LJones June 25, 2017 at 2:35 pm #

    My dear friend: if this is a repeat, forgive…I just “lost” my comment..?! Thank you for coming forward with your health concerns and experiences – I am feeling tender love and care for you and send you healing and wellness wishes. May I bring anything from the US for you? I leave Thursday morning early…will be in Playa and then Bacalar on July 3rd. Please let me know if I can support you in any way once in Mexico. For now, much love and a gentle hug xo Lorrie

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  3. Karen June 25, 2017 at 4:52 pm #

    Glad to hear you are on the upside of all this, how scary. I will be thinking of you and know the power you have, along with your good care, to get the healing you need.

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    • afish25 July 1, 2017 at 7:46 am #

      Thanks Karen. I’m definitely learning stuff.

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  4. midwife87505 June 25, 2017 at 6:23 pm #

    Sending prayers for healing and abundance of gratitude.

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    • afish25 July 1, 2017 at 7:47 am #

      Hey Girl. Good to hear from you. What have you been up to? Traveling the world?

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