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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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” >

    Liked by 1 person

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

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


  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.

    Liked by 1 person

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

      Thanks Karen. I’m definitely learning stuff.


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

    Sending prayers for healing and abundance of gratitude.

    Liked by 1 person

    • 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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