April 1, 2008

A Note For My Blogger Friends

Hello to all!

Just a little note to let you know that I have not fallen off of the face of the earth. Things have been a tad rough lately and I just wanted to touch base and let you know I will be back to my old self soon. Actually, hopefully a new and improved self.

For those of you that know me, I suffer from migraines. Have since I was in fourth grade. I have been taking preventative medicine for about six years straight now, same kind of medicine and the full dose.

Lately, my "gut" has been telling me that I need to get off of this stuff. I have never liked taking medicine, and I especially don't like putting stuff in my system for a long time. I spoke with my doctor and she has helped a great deal, although I don't think she really likes the idea.

I just feel that I have really gotten to know my body and what triggers my migraines. I have great medicine to take when I have a migraine and just feel that it is time to try and "take control" and not put so much into my system.

For the past month or so, I have slowly tapered off of this stuff. I have had no medicine for about a week now. The side effects and withdraws have been crazy. I have a lot of swelling and my girls are laughing because if they push their hand down on my belly, their hand print remains for about an hour. Okay, not really that long, but it does look pretty crazy. My hands are "asleep" and it REALLY hurts to try and grasp anything. Naturally as an altered artist (cool, there I am putting out that confident artist term about myself again) that is just a huge fear. I NEED to be able to work with my hands. It keeps me sane. Just weird, crazy stuff going on. I have also had about four migraines in the past week and have an increased sensitivity to light. I actually wore my sunglasses inside today. My girls must feel like I am a vampire, "No! Don't open the curtains, close them, quick!"

Anyway, not to go on and be a big, as my husband and I say to one another, "Wa, Wa" although I would appreciate it if you would send some prayers my way. Just wanted to let you all know that I still love you dearly and will return emails, and messages soon. I have been invited to join in on some great new groups and need to let several of you know that I have been reading your blogs. Just haven't been leaving many comments.

I know I will get through this, and I know how blessed I am. I thank God for all of my blessings, and for each of you. Know that I am still with you all in blog spirit, and you will be hearing from me personally VERY soon!

God Bless!


Sherry/Cherie said...

Well of course I'm sending prayers your way...weaning yourself off a drug is not easy and it takes times for your body to go back to normal.

I hear you about not wanting to take this anymore and listening to your body...I feel the same way.

Sending you many healing thoughts, prayers and blessings that your life and your body returns to "normal" and you carry on with the things you love to do.


Tara said...


Glad to hear your voice and that you are on the road to being you!


miss magpie-pixie said...

Hey Rhonda !
i`m still thinking of you here across the pond !
how could i not do , you`re one of my best friends !
Thanks for letting us know you`ll be back soon , and wishing you a speedy safe recovery , and the migraines subside .

Just write when you can , no rush ,
Love ya !


Abbie said...

Hi Rhonda!
I'm glad to hear that you are OK. Or will be OK.. Your birdhouse is absolutely fantastic and we need your creative talents and inspiring work back asap!! :) I suffer from menstrual migraines but they only put me down 2 days a month so I could not even imagine how horrible it must be to suffer from them frequently. Do what your heart feels is right, you'll be happy with it in the end! Hang in there, we are waiting on the flip side!
thoughts and prayers,

jo said...

Oh Sweet Rhonda! Thank you so much for your personal e-mail message...I knew you were busy with all of your projects but had no idea that you were in pain because it truly doesn't show in your gorgeous creations...I swear...I really think we are "French Sisters" because for 2 months now, I haven't been up to "Par" and have also been experiencing those horrible "migranes," too. I was involved in a terrible car accident years ago and it deviated my septum, hence I have chronic sinus problems! I know too well the pain that goes on with those "migranes" and I also don't like to overwhelm the system with heavy duty meds but the headaches are getting more frequent and far more painful.

Thank you so much for being so thoughtful and sharing yourself with us...I'll be praying for you, esp. for your health and sending an abundance of peace to your body and soul.

Get better, dear friend...and relax in sweetness...your adoring army of friends will always be here waiting patiently for more of the beauty that you create and share...I'll send more wishes your way soon (through your e-mail) xoxo Jo ;)

Kathy~Vintage Snaps & Scraps said...

I am still thinking of you, I hope your having a good evening...pain free!

Jen r. said...

Rhonda, many prayers your way! I know what you are going thru.. I also suffer migraines, but have gone the chiropractic route and it's worked so far for me. I now only get maybe one every couple of weeks.. if I keep up though, it's much better... I hope you feel better soon. I am going to send the package out at the beginning of next week. God bless!
Jen R

Erin~~The Classy Rabbit~~ said...

Hi Rhonda,

I'm so sorry you haven't been feeling well! I am sending lots of good thoughts your way and will pray for you too! I hope you're feeling better soon and I'll be praying for you!!

God Bless and take care,