[Re-posted from 2016-01-09]
So Doc & Crew have been trying to find help for the increased migraines/headaches that began over this past summer. They’ve got me taking Topamax (topiramate) for the last week or so. The medication is primarily used for seizures but also has a use for controlling migraines. The drug has an unfortunately long list of side-effects…sleepiness or tired feeling being the one hitting me the hardest. That’s not exactly what I need right now…but I will admit…the headaches are a little less painful. The question now is…do I continue like “Sleeping Beauty” or “Sleepy” and lay around unconscious all the time with no headaches or do I say “no thanks” to this drug. Of course, there’s always the possibility of a lower dose and some happy middle-ground. I’ll be discussing all these details with my medical team on Monday.
Btw, I’ve migrated just about all of my medical services to the Murfreesboro area. I only go to Nashville if it’s absolutely necessary. I’ve made previous Facebook commentary about the current conditions at Vanderbilt. I recently received a letter from the Adult Lung Transplant Dept. Director stating the facts we already knew: folks quit, understaffed, understaffed, understaffed.
Oh, and for those of you who are curious about the DSA (Donor Specific Antibody) issue that was so “hot” back in May, I haven’t heard a word from anyone at Vandy since September. I’ve had my local Doc perform blood draws for me. I contacted Vandy myself to see what labs they would want. Gotta love ’em.
Until next time…