A fail at Juneathon by day 1

…To be fair (currently the three most overused words in my vocabulary as voted by my hens on my hen weekend) I could not lift my legs up to get into the bath after Shires and Spires 35m race on Sunday.

To all those unfamiliar with Juneathon the aim for each day of the month is twofold…1) Run every day…2) Blog every day.  If you can’t/won’t run every day, join in with a different form of exercise and if you’re out of time to blog, update everyone with a tweet instead.

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Day 1 (Sunday): Run every day: DONE – 35.5 miles!  Blog every day: FAIL.  Sleep and bath felt much more appropriate.

Day 2 (Monday): Run every day: FAIL – My legs still felt the effect of cramp from the night before and I didn’t think it was worth the risk.  Well, unless you count the ten jogging steps I ran on the way home from the Pub Quiz to prove to Dan that I would be able to run again the following day?!  Blog every day: DONE – My Shires and Spires recap.

Day 3 (Tuesday): Run every day:  Does get pushed around in a wheelchair count as a form of exercise?!

Cannula in my arm

After some severe migraines over the past three-four weeks I had booked in a doctor’s appointment for this morning.  A doctor’s appointment where I felt too unwell to stay upright in my chair and ended up getting placed in my own room for the morning.  A doctor’s appointment where the doctor thought it was best to rule out a brain bleed so send me with a referral letter to the Ambulatory Clinic at Kettering.  (I’m sure the woman on the front desk at the hospital knows me by sight after this year for all the times I’ve been for me, Dan or friends!)  Once there, I had blood tests taken and an assessment by a doctor, who then wanted to refer me to the consultant.  They were 90% certain that my brain was just fine, but to be on the safe side, popped a cannula in and attempted to wheel me down for a CT scan.  Only for my head to flop over as soon as we reached the door as I almost passed out.  Can’t say I’m the greatest hospital or needle fan!  Take two twenty minutes later…after I’d adjusted to sitting in a more upright position on the bed before being transferred to the wheelchair.  This time I made it downstairs.  They placed a horrid colour dye in my veins which tasted metallic in my mouth and I could feel zooming all around my body from the second they shot it in.

I was discharged from the hospital ward just before 6pm.  (My doctor’s appointment had been for 9:20am this morning!…another day gone, and when I had so much work to catch up on too.)  I’ve been put onto some medication to help stop the migraines and should receive an oncology referral over the next few weeks for some further tests.  My pill has been blamed for the sever migraines and I’ve been told to come off it with immediate effect and swap onto another.

Coming home to this pretty face cheered me up after my rubbish day!
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Have you ever had any treatments in hospital?  Lover or hater of needles?!  I found it interesting that the doctor who inserted the cannula into my vein told me that she passes out or shrieks each time she has to have a needle herself.  I presumed doctors would become immune!

16 thoughts on “A fail at Juneathon by day 1

  1. I’m so glad to hear that you’re okay! That sounds incredibly scary – I went through something similar when I was 18 to rule out brain bleeds and/or a stroke as a cause of my migraines. I can’t say I ever passed out, but I lost all control and sensation down my left hand side at one point, which was absolutely terrifying. When I do get migraines they are ridiculously painful and I have to be shut up in a dark room because I become so photosensitive. In my teens and early 20s they used to happen quite frequently, but now they tend to be limited to 1-2 times a year, for which I’m very grateful! I do think your pill might be to blame though, as my migraines improved a lot when I had my ovarian tumour removed, and that was causing all sorts of weird hormonal changes (abnormal ones, obviously) to occur in my body.

    I used to quite like needles and I was fascinated by watching my own blood being drawn (I know, I’m a weirdo), but since my operation I haven’t been so keen. I was so scared that all of my veins basically disappeared, so putting in the cannula was a nightmare and the nurse who did it mangled my hand to bits. It was bruised and swollen for a month afterwards.

    That beautiful kitty face would cheer me up too :) But do take care and take it easy for a few days <3
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    1. Isn’t it odd how one area of your body can affect a totally different area. It always amazes me when I go in with toothache, point to the tooth and am told it’s one the other side of my mouth that’s causing the problem. I’m glad your migraines happen much less frequently now. I’m crossing my fingers that my pill is to blame, and the doctor seems quite confident that it is.
      I have never been fascinated by needles! Petrified is a better word for it!
      I did take your advice and have an easy week. Mon/Tues/Wed/Fri – no running at all and only a 3.5 mile speed session on Thursday. I’ve come back stronger for it.

  2. Oh my life! Yeah I think you can be let off for not being so successful at the Juneathon!! I’m glad you’re OK but what a crazy day. Doesn’t sounds like fun at all. I’ve ever had a migraine (touch wood) so I’m very thankful. I very rarely get headaches and when I do I sort of melt down a bit in shock – I’m such a wimp!
    I’m not a fan of hospitals at all. I admire and applaud the work they do but I just don’t like being there. I get very bad vibes. My sister has had a lot of medical treatments for various (most relatively unserious) things but I just hate the atmosphere and the feelings in the in patient areas. thankfully I’ve only had one hospital thing in the last few years which was fainting and hitting my head. But that was just because I was dehydrated and have low blood pressure.

    1. I have the bad vibes thing as well. I spent a while in hospitals when I was younger as I had problems with my kidneys as a toddler which they spent several years investigating. As I got slightly older my Mum always used to buy me QuizKids magazine and a mint Aero bar as a treat each time to get me to co-operate!

  3. Oh my word that sounds awful- poor you.
    I used to be OK with needles, but then I had one jab for something (we were going to Turkey, think it was Hep A or B) and I fainted in the doctors room, and ever since then I have been awful. I have given blood about 5 times, but each time when they take out the needle I fainted- they did put on my notes to take less blood, as they take the same from a 6ft man as from 5ft woman, but that still didn’t help so I don’t go now. And when I was in hospital over my cyst a few years ago I ended up in tears several times over having blood taken or those painful anti clot injections. So I am basically an awful patient! One doctor ended up using a kids needle thing to take some of my blood as apparently it hurts less!
    Urgh I know what you mean about feeling the stuff in your veins too= when I was admitted before they knew what it was they gave me morphine and it was such a horrible weird feeling as you could feel it going to every vein.
    Hope switching pills helps you.
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    1. Oh how horrible. That one faint might still stress you out when you visit and cause you to keep fainting. Such a shame you can no longer give blood. It seems bizarre to take the same amount as they do from a 6ft man!
      When I was younger they used to put ‘magic cream’ on my hand before putting a needle in but they never seem to offer me that any more.

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