Head Injury Finally Better

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Mikie, Sep 6, 2012.

  1. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Many of y'all may remember that I had a very bad fall two months ago. Nothing was broken but I had bad contusions on my legs. I slammed down on the left side of my face on the carpet. I was lucky that it didn't happen on the tiled part of the floor. I didn't pass out per se, but I have no memory of how I got up. The pain was incredible and I was bleeding profusely from my legs, so much so, in fact, that I threw away my pajama bottoms because there was no way to get them clean. Even if there were, I couldn't stand to look at all that blood. Luckily, my glasses flew off and didn't break and I didn't break my nose or jaw. I didn't want to go to the ER so just kept checking my pupils and making sure I was OK.

    I was left with horrible pain in my legs, face and jaw. One wound on my knee became infected. I had headaches and TMJ pain. The TMJ caused some days of severe vertigo. The worse problem was bone crushing fatigue just like when I was sickest with CFIDS/ME and was bedridden most of the time. I had almost no cognitive function and my memory was awful.

    I saw my doc twice for my monthly shots and asked him about the fatigue and mental function problems. He told me that it can take a very long time to recover from a closed head injury. He said that likely I'd just wake up one day and feel better. He was right. On Sept. 1, I woke up and didn't notice anything but I didn't feel tired nor did I have pain. I was eating my breakfast and looked out the window. All of a sudden, it was like the world was in technicolor. Evidently, my vision had been affected by the fall but I didn't even realize it until everything became bright and clear. Since then, the cognitive is coming back and I'm getting my energy back as well. A little virus has caused a break in my energy but it's not a biggie. The pain is gone.

    I had not been able to assess how well my peptide injections had been working because the fall pushed everything else out of the picture. Now that I'm better from the fall, I realize the injections have been working, as I feel better than I have in ages. I only have two more injections to go, one later this month and the last one six weeks after that. I'll continue to post about my experience with the injections as I get the last two.

    I'm so very blessed and thankful for the peptide treatment and that I emerged from what could have been a life-changing fall. I pray that nothing latent will emerge from the head injury down the road. Recently, I installed some moulding around the tops of my kitchen cabinets and repaired the drywall where there were some hairline cracks. All this involved scampering up and down an 8' ladder. No problems with that. Every day, I say prayers of thanksgiving for my blessings. I also pray for all of us here.

    Love, Mikie
  2. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I appreciate your good wishes. I don't have much more to give in the way of projects. I'm just getting too old to do it. I did want to fix those cracks while I had the ladder. It's useless because this bldg. constantly settles and every tropical storm and hurricane causes hairline cracks.

    I'm just glad to be recovering from that fall. Strange thing is that I wasn't doing anything dangerous, just walking and caught my toe on the edge of the ladder. I don't have any trouble climbing up and down but, again, the total effort these projects take is just getting to be too much.

    This is like double good news for me--the recovery from the fall and discovering that the injections have continued to work, even while I was down and out from the fall. It's been 12 yrs. since I got really sick with both CFIDS/ME and FMS so I can't expect to feel as well as I did before I got sick. Even "normal" people get older and lose ground over 12 yrs. I've always said I'd settle for 80 percent. Anything over that is pure gravy.

    I'm sorry for your neighbor. I hope she didn't get hurt. I'm also sorry for the stress it caused you. Geez, if you live in EQ country, a big thud is bound to cause the old fight or flight adrenaline rush and crash. I've lived here 15 yrs. and never realized that sinkholes are a big problem down here. Evidently, they can open up at any time and swallow whatever sits on them. Insurance companies now refuse to cover loss from sinkholes so that if one swallows your house, you're just out of luck. Yikes!

    Again, thank you for your kind good wishes and I send mine back to you. I admire how you handle your health by finding what works for you.

    Love, Mikie
  3. mbofov

    mbofov Active Member

    I'm so glad to read this, all of it, that your energy is coming back and your cognitive functioning too, and that the injections kept working despite your horrific fall - whew! I'm so glad your doctor knew what was going on, reassuring you that you would probably just wake up one day and be a lot better. I've lost so much faith in doctors it's nice to read about good ones.

    As Jam asked, do you hire out? ;D

    I hope your recovery continues apace!

    Best wishes,

  4. misskoji

    misskoji Member


    I am SO happy to read you are feeling better!!!!

    I've been keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

    You are so good to all of us, I think we were all rooting for you.

    Doing the happy dance for you,
  5. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Thank you both so much for your kind words and prayers. It means the world to me. I'm still only good for about half a day on most days but half is better than none. I get tired by afternoon but it's not that crashing exhaustion I had been experiencing from the fall.

    This doc is a real keeper. When he told me how I would likely just feel better one day, it gave me hope and kept me going after two months of bone-crushing exhaustion and horrible cognitive problems. He likes it that I'm involved in my own healthcare and really works with me as a partner. He has no ego and still has that ability to get excited over what he does and the advances in medical treatments. I wish everyone could have such a doc and the care I get. I've been very lucky in the docs I've had.

    It breaks my heart when I read about some of our members' abuse at the hands of the medical people who are supposed to be helping us. I think it's vital for us to do everything we can to learn and find things to help us but if we don't have a good doc who is a partner, it makes it awfully hard to heal. I love this board where we get info and support. If it were not for this board, I might still be bedridden most of the time and on opiods.

    Again, thank you so very much.

    Love, Mikie
  6. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    You are a great example of someone who has taken responsibility for your own healing. I've used both traditional meds and alternative treatments; I think it's a personal choice. It is possible to find less expensive roads to healing.

    When I say I've been lucky with my docs, it has nothing to do with money. The docs I have are members of my Medicare Advantage plan for which I pay no premium. This is likely to change as the govt. makes cuts to these plans. I had one problem PCP but changed to the doc I have now.

    I live below the poverty level too. When I first heard of the peptide injections, I knew I couldn't afford them. I prayed and got a windfall out of the blue which almost covered the cost of the injections. Again, I have been lucky and blessed.

    I wish everyone could get all the care that we deserve. There is a lot we can do which is not expensive. I know that the peptide injections are beyond the ability of many of us. Because I have had the good luck to be able to get them, I want to share my experience with them for those who may be considering the treatment. Money should never be a barrier to the best, and most effective, healthcare. Unfortunately, it can be. Even in countries where there is national healthcare, the sky is not the limit when it comes to treatments.

    Love, Mikie
  7. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Healthcare, or lack of it, has been an ongoing problem in this country for as long as I can remember. Seems that nothing is perfect. We are all running this maze trying to find things which help us and we can afford. Everyone can get healthcare but it's how it's delivered and who the provider(s) is/are that is different. People with no money and no insurance use the ER for services. Everyone else pays for it in higher prices and higher premiums and co-pays for us. People get upset at the idea of a national healthcare plan because they think their tax dollars will be spent. As it is, their healthcare dollars are paying for those who don't have insurance. One way or another, we all pay for those who cannot afford insurance. At least, national healthcare will mandate those who can afford insurance, but who will not get insured, get insured or pay a fine.

    Not all the Advantage plans are good and they can vary from one county to another. There are different models of these plans. Mine is an HMO/PPO so I have choices. If I go outside the network, I just pay more, a higher co-pay and the balance of what the plan doesn't pay. I've found that for vision exams and dental cleanings, my plan pays everything outside the network except for my co-pay. FL has so many Seniors that most docs take Medicare.

    I wasn't suggesting that if everyone just prayed for money for treatment, it would come, and if it didn't, it was their own fault for not praying enough. I was blessed to have had a windfall which allowed me to get my treatment. I am a person of faith and am eternally grateful that my prayers were answered. No one knows why some prayers are answered and some are not. I've had a lot of prayers which were not answered. Most of my prayers have always been in gratitude for what I have and not for what I need.

    I am so sorry for all you have been through with your hip. It doesn't seem fair that you have to pay for something which has made you worse. Still, that hasn't stopped you from seeking things which will help with your healing and you generously share what you have learned with others. I am thankful for that and I'm sure our members are too.

    Love, Mikie
  8. How wonderful!! What an inspiration and encouragement for the rest of us! Thank you for sharing your story, Mikie! It does give us hope! And I am truly so happy to hear how well you are doing! I was praying that Isaac wouldn't give you any trouble too...

    I so wish we all had a doctor like yours! I would just about give anything... I am currently without a primary doctor. Have been without one for quite a while, ever since my former doc closed her practice and went to work for the health dept. I did try, more than once, to find another one, but had bad experiences. But I'm so happy that at least some of us have good ones!

    And I'm so glad the peptide shots have helped so much! I didn't realize (had forgotten) that when I recently decided to try the peptide shots again, that I was suppose to get off my enzymes a few days before and the day of the the injection (since they were being mailed to me). So thank you for bringing this to light for me! You helped me realize why they weren't working so good for me. I just hate that my digestion gets all messed up when I can't take my enzymes and I usually feel pretty sick for those days. But it will be worth it if my ME/CFS goes into remission. Just wish they weren't so expensive or that insurance would pay for at least part of it! (I know... in my dreams!)

    Thanking God with you, Mikie!! But be careful around those ladders! ;-)

    Blessings and Hugs,
    Shel :)
  9. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    You are soooo sweet. Thank you for thinking of me and wishing me so well. I return the good wishes and prayers for you. I simply stop everything except the Klonopin, before the shots. The one other exception is that I will take acetaminophen if I get a headache. Hoping you find a good doc. This doc, like my one who is a specialist, doesn't seem rattled by these illnesses. He knows and understands how we feel and why. Whatever helps, like Klonopin, is fine with him as long as it's not too risky. Klonopin doesn't scare him like it does other docs. In fact, he thinks it's a wonderful drug for what ails us. As I said, I'm very lucky to have found him.

    The ladder is gone. Yea! The moulding is up over the kitchen cupboards and it looks great. Makes these cheap cupboards look better. I also fixed the hairline cracks over two doors. The next hurricane will open them back up and, this time, I will need to do a better repair. Either that or ignore them. That's an option :)

    My next shot is at the end of the month. I'll post after I get it. Let me know how yours are going. BTW, do you take probiotics? They really help with digestion too. I make "Sassy Water" by squeezing some lemon into water with sliced cucumber and a bit of graded ginger. It's good for most anything.

    Take care.

    Love, Mikie
  10. Glad to hear the ladder is out of the way ;-) But yes, I do take probiotics. But my body is so used to the digestive enzymes (been taking them for years) that my body has a hard time digesting anything without them. Then I wind up getting really sick to my stomach. But I guess I could try to eat mostly raw vegetables and fruit for those days and avoid things, like meat, that are harder to digest.

    To be honest, I've been afraid to get off my enzymes because of how messed up my digestion gets and how sick I feel when I have to do that... so my peptide shot has been sitting there in the envelope and I'm overdue to take it. But I know I just need to get over my fear and get off the enzymes so I can take the injection. How many weeks between shots does your doc recommend? Every 4 or 6 weeks? But I'll let you know how it goes!

    Btw, that "sassy water" sounds great! I'll have to give it a try! Keep feeling good, Mikie! Sending warm wishes and soft hugs your way!

    Shel :)
  11. richvank

    richvank New Member

    Hi, Mikie.

    I, too, am really glad that prayers were answered and that you are doing well again!

    Best regards,

  12. zenouchy

    zenouchy Member

    So happy you are feeling better. You deserve it!

    Love, Erika
  13. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    You guys are great.

    Rich and Erika, I really appreciate your good wishes.

    Shel, my doc does the shots every month, after the first month in which he does them two weeks apart. At the end of ten months, he does them six weeks apart. I'm taking my second-to-last shot at the end of this month. The last one will be in Nov. I'm hoping Santa brings me lasting good health for Christmas this year.

    That fall put me behind schedule as far as healing goes but things are getting better. The only problem I'm having is that my old chronic virus, of unknown origin but probably in the Herpes Family, has tried to rear its ugly head. That can happen when one gets really sick or injured or suffers severe stress. I think my zapper no longer works so I need to find out if it can be repaired. New ones are $400. Yikes! I took Acyclovir but decided to bring out the big guns--transfer factors. I took one capsule night before last and now, my lymph nodes are swollen so I know it working. I'll probably take a couple more of them and that should do it.

    Thanks to everyone who has been so supportive. I'll continue to post about the injections.

    Love, Mikie