Sunday, November 16, 2008

Cleveland Clinic



I'll be leaving for a week of intensive IV therapy in just a couple hours. The neurologist thinks that replacing all my current meds with brand new stuff will make all the difference. He's also warned me that it will be very painful for at least the first couple treatments. Just what I needed to hear. Even more pain. :( The treatments start at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning and go five hours a day. The thought of getting jabbed every day is making me very nervous. I'm not good with needles at all. My veins are very small and will roll and hide from IVs. I've had more than a few veins collapse because of that.

The doctor said he's treated other chronic migraine patients like me and this does help. I promised to try anything that might give a little relief, so ...

Of course, it's snowing for the drive. Can't have nice weather. It's not coming down as hard as it did our last trip there.

We have a room right across the street from the clinic. It's an efficiency apartment, so there's a stove, microwave and refrigerator for us to use. Much better than eating out every night. How many fast food burgers can anyone eat before they puke? They also have a van that will take us to and from the treatments as well as local restaurants (Hard Rock Cafe, here we come!). That will be so much more convenient that driving and trying to find parking. We can just leave the car at the hotel the entire time we're there.

Not sure about internet access. This laptop is about dead. I've asked Santa for a new one, so we'll see how that goes. It doesn't even have to be fancy. As long as I can get on line and do my articles and photos, I'll be happy.

Hope everyone has a great week!

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18 Comments:

Blogger fishing guy said...

Grethen: I spent some time there with my Prostate Cancer so I'll know where you are located. I'll pray that this will work for your health and help you.

12:47 PM  
Blogger Aileni said...

The very best, Gretchen. Hope it all goes well.

12:49 PM  
Blogger Webradio said...

Hello Gretchen !
I hope all the things go well...We'll think at (or to) You...

Go better for You...

12:53 PM  
Blogger MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

i hope to hear good news from you after your treatment, with maybe a new laptop after all!

1:09 PM  
Blogger Barking Dogs said...

Best wishes for your upcoming treatment. Also, thanks for taking the time to comment on my blog.

1:50 PM  
Blogger Mama Zen said...

Crossing my fingers for you, praying for you, and wishing you the very best of luck!

2:01 PM  
Blogger RAMOSFOREST.ENVIRONMENT said...

Praying for you. Back soon.
Luiz

2:27 PM  
Blogger Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Stay positive Gretchen. I'll be thinking of you this week. Good luck. Lisa

2:46 PM  
Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

I wish you well and trust the treatments bring your the relief you need. Hang tough!

5:22 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

Best wishes ... just keep thinking about goldens! Woof, woof!
Love, Charlie the North Star Dog

9:41 PM  
Blogger Janie said...

Oh, girl. I'll be praying for you! Keep your chin up.

9:47 PM  
Blogger me ann my camera said...

All the best, Gretchen.

7:26 AM  
Blogger Marites said...

Hope it'll get better soon enough. God bless.

7:53 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Salty said...

I'm praying for you.

11:27 AM  
Blogger ~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

I pray you're doing well this week.

10:42 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I hope all goes well and that your veins can withstand the pokes. I pray that you will be healed from these treatments. Keep us informed.

11:35 PM  
Blogger Poetikat said...

I hope all is well with you, Gretchen and look forward to properly connecting sometime soon.

Kat

8:05 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth Aggie Chen said...

Hello Gretchen. Thanks for visiting my blogsite. Hope you stop having all these migraines. They can be so dibilitating.

9:17 AM  

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