Sunday is my one year one year anniversary with John! <3 We have a plan for Sunday; I’ve requested off from work at the spa and everything! So after church, I am fixing him a nice home-cooked surprise. Then later that evening, we are re-creating our first date- which will consist of sharing a desert at the Barnes and Nobles Starbucks cafe and then seeing a movie at Cinemark. I’m so excited! I can’t believe it’s been a YEAR! I mean, I feel like I’ve been with John for forever, but the year went by so FAST! And gosh, I am so blessed to have him. He is truly the sweetest. ^.^ Don’t tell him I said that. He’ll be sad to lose the street cred. hehe! Just kidding.
I’ve been so busy lately, it’s been hard to post anything. But here’s the highlight reel of my life. I apologize in advance for typos and misspellings and grammatical errors. I’m not quite up to it at the moment. But I’ll get to that! :)
School is going great. I have managed to suppress my topamax-induced tiredness and get to class every day with only one and a half absences- (which is really really good on average for the rest of the class!) and also maintain all A’s in my classes- including kinesiology. So far. Gosh. We had our first test in that class, and I got such bad anxiety over the test that I couldn’t actually sit down and study for it. I kept jumping up and letting myself get distracted with other things. I felt like I had ADD! I finally forced myself to sit down and study- agonizingly, and I stressed so much over that stupid test. I made an 88, but the bonus questions put me at a 95 so my fears were unfounded in reality.
That was kind of the last straw for me as far as the side effects of taking that migraine medication.
I started taking topamax a couple months ago because my migraines had started getting really out of hand and taking over my life to the point where I was taking over the counted medicines nearly every day to manage the migraines- alongside my prescription Imitrex-which gets expensive to keep refilled. The side effects for topamax-for me, were that it made me really tired, I noticed a slight increase in anxiousness- never any full blown panic attacks though. And the tiredness was such that it made it really hard to concentrate in class when normally, I’m a really good student and have a very easy time grasping new information and recalling old information from previous lectures. It was like- not matter how much sleep I got, or how good the food was that I ate, the tiredness was still persistent. It also made me more emotional and moody, which, if you know me, I’m not very demonstrative verbally a lot of the time. And to top it off, I was still getting headaches. So.
Now I’m in the process of SO SLOWLY weaning myself off of the medicine the EXACT same way that I started taking the medicine. My reducing the dosage one pill at a time- one WEEK at a time so as to reduce the chance of all the freaky withdrawal symptoms. As it is, I’m experiencing very mild but persistent headaches every day now, and trouble falling asleep and waking up several times at night and having weird dreams/nightmares.
On the bright side, I’ve started taking my B6, B12, and magnesium again, which I learned from my younger sister’s neurologist that once those things build up in the body’s system for about a month or so, they should decrease the number and severity of migraines and headaches. And restless leg. (the B6 for restless leg. Just fyi. I learned that in my anatomy and physiology and pathology class.)
Something else that is bright: my new shoes! they are Vibram five fingers shoes. The magenta Bikila shoes, and they are fabulous! I wear them for massage class and it is just like being barefoot. I like massaging barefoot, because wearing clunky shoes- I always feel off-balance. Like I’m one lunge away from tripping over my own feet and splatting onto the floor. (Or the client!) I got the black and grey Jaya five fingers shoes for Christmas from my dad and they were so comfy that I had to get a second pair to rotate them, hehe.
I didn’t buy the socks for them- they’re like ten bucks apiece, and the shoes are expensive enough without paying extra for socks. But the shoes are machine washable and it doesn’t hurt them. I actually wash mine after each use in the washing machine to help keep them clean as well as spraying the insides with alcohol. At school we practice on each other so I don’t want my shoes getting gunked up with massage cream and starting to reek and then some poor classmate having to work on stinky feet. Gross. No. I wouldn’t do that even if no one was gonna touch my feet because I like my feet clean thank you very much! ^.^
As far as how they are constructed, I think the toes in the Jaya shoes move a little more freely - the shoes are more flexible because they’re geared toward yoga- so they’re more comfortable to move your foot in. But the Bikila gives a little more support; the soles have less give and the shoes are a little tighter because they are more for running. They are probably a little more comfortable to stand in for prolonged periods of time. I’m not sure yet which pair is my favorite, but I’ll most likely be adding to my collection in the future. Especially since some girls from my class went out today to scope out a place that sells the same shoes and found some for a cheaper price! Sweet!