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Neurologist - Social Security - Tomatoes




I thought I would write more often, but this seems to be the pace.

I stopped going to our Older Persons Center (OPC) where I would work out on the rehab exercise machines.  I was trying to see if I could get off Ambien and get my head to quit hurting all the time.  It is so tiring.  So far no luck.  I went to a new neurologist last month who specializes in chronic head aches to see if there is another approach.  She has me on Pamelor which is supposed to make you sleepy.  Not me, just kinda excited, but very tired.  Weird.  But I have to build up the dose over a few months to see if there is improvement.  It's some sort of antidepressant, but fortunately I don't need it for that.  S'pposed to help with nerve pain and interupt the feedback look for pain.   If not, then try something else.

Social security decided that I was disabled.  I thought I would be glad to get that decision.  But it created weird feeling.  I know I am disabled, but I don't want other people telling me that.  It seemed like a jail sentence.  It was faster decision than I thought it would take, guess I am more messed up than I thought.  Oh well, I keep telling myself I will still walk the Appalachian Trail, so maybe something will happen. So far I've only walked a few hundred yards on that point between Tennessee and North Carolina, pre-stroke.

It's time to get the garden started.  Got some seeds planted indoors.  Now I have to build a cover for my garden so that deer, rabbits, and ground hogs don't eat everything.  This has been a constant battle.  Hopefully I will get more of my vegs than I give to them this last year.  Animals 100, John 0.

I saved some tomato seeds from an Heirloom a few years ago and decided this year to try them.  They have started to grow.  first step.  Now to grow them and see what I got.  I don't know what they are.  In my haste back then I only labeled the envelope heirloom seeds.  Duh, what one?  Sometimes I get so frustrated with me.  Why did I think I would remember the type?  Oh well.  If I can get them to grow and the deer don't eat the blooms like last year, I will find out if they are cherry or larger.  I am hoping they are cherry.  if so I know they are Ruby Pearls.  So have been the best small cherry - grape sized I have ever eaten.  So sweet.  Others are good, but these are just a little better.

I'm always open to better ways to garden, so if you have tricks, I'm all ears.  Thanks,

all for now, Have a Great Day everyone!


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Hi there,

Many years ago I went to a headache specialist; he had me keep a log/diary for about 3 months.  We looked at possible triggers, like food, weather, hormones, etc.  I also had to stop any and all caffeine.

He put me on a couple of different meds from the 'triptan' family;  the medication was too $$ for me and didn't always work.

Since hormones aren't a factor any longer, (menopause) I'm primarily bothered by impending bad weather, and have been waking with a headache now for years = sleep study.

Much luck with getting to the bottom of your headaches, and I wish you well with your garden.  (I'm going to give it a go this year.)


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Hi Smarshall,


Thanks.  My headaches, are more appropriately called my headache.  As in 1.  I always have it, over 1 1/2 years now.  It only varies in intensity.  Low, med, or high.  Low in morning.  The med or high after that.  If I exert myself the headache go up.  If the weather changes it is terrible.  Can't go to sleep at night partly because of the hurt.  Tried all the over the counter pain killers and some other things.  Nothing helps yet. 


These pills are about $10 a month for me.  But with the pain I am always having  I would consider any amount to give me a normal day. 


Good luck on your garden.  Hope you don't have deer, rabbits, or groundhogs nearby.  Last year I did a little bit of gardeing in the yard.  2 tomato plants, and some zucchini.  We got none.  The deer ate all the blooms on everything.  I did a little container gardening on our deck.  And nothing ate it.  I couldn't do much last summer.  Only few months after stroke and had a lot of trouble, but it was nice to sit around the plants.  Got tomatos, lettuce, eggplant, basil, brocolli, sage.  Not like my bigger garden, but was achievable.  I still need a lot of help in our garden so we will see how far I really get.

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