I had a checkup with my Neurologist today. I went to a little cafe nearby and ate breakfast before going in. I arrived at the office early and started filling out paperwork. They then measured my height, weight, and blood pressure. Here are the details of how things went. I will start with the bad news and end on the good news.
The Bad News
- I might be shrinking. I have lived my life believing that I was 5 feet 2 inches tall. When they measured my height today I am only 5 feet tall. Either some nurse earlier in my life measured me incorrectly or I am shrinking. It is a depressing thought since it is already difficult finding dress pants short enough for me.
- My neurologist asked about the number of seizures that occurred since my last visit. I had no definite way of saying how many I had been having since I am not conscious of them. I do notice that the back of my neck hurts sometimes. In my post Counting My Absence Seizures, I talked about attempting to find a method of measuring the number of absence seizures and received some good feedback. I will have to try it out before my next appointment.
- I told my neurologist that I believed my absence seizures had increased due to many stress-related issues including searching for full-time employment. She recommended a second medicine to better control my absence seizures. I would take it along with the one that I am already taking. I fear changing my medicine routine especially if it will slow me down cognitively. She mentioned that we could start on a low dose and go up from there. I wonder if the new medicine is really necessary since I have not been meditating as much as I used to. I also stopped exercising in an attempt to save money this summer. In the end, my neurologist said that I could think about my options and get back to her.
The Good News
- I lost 8 pounds since April! This was so good to hear. My progress has been slow, but I have focused on making better choices when picking out the food that I will eat. I have tried to get more for my dollar by purchasing more fruits and vegetables. I also attempted to stop eating out at restaurants.
- My neurologist noticed that my hands do not tremor as much as they used to. I attribute that to the fact that I have cut down on coffee, which I heard only makes the tremors worse.