Well today was hopefully one of my last days at the Mayo….
I got there are 7am… (yea- had to get up at 5)… and had an intense 2 hour lactose intolerance test which I do not know the results of yet…. after a quick 20 minute nap in the “quiet room” I went to see the sleep study dr who is also a psychiatrist… he said it did not sound like a sleep disorder which is great because I was not thrilled with the idea of a cpap machine… so no sleep study for me…. his other recommendation was to up a med that I take but I am not wild about that so for now I am going to put that suggestion on the back burner…. last I met with a TMJ specialist which I was really excited about and in the end provided the most info and what I think is the best guess as to what is going on…. basically- I have been grinding my teeth at night for the last 20 years and have worn a mouthguard for the last 15… I have noticed in the last year or two that I have usually have my jaw in a constant clenched state and I have to remind myself to release it….. so he chatted with me for an hour and then did an exam and said he thinks that I has myofacial pain (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/myofascial-pain-syndrome/DS01042) – it usually occurs in women during their reproductive years…. the constant flex in my jaw muscles which run up the side of your head can be causing the headaches…. he recommended physical therapy to learn to not clench all the time, along with a splint that I will have to wear at all times except when I eat, and acupuncture to get the muscles to relax. So I was fitted for a splint which I wont get until August and I am going to start PT after the 4th and start acupuncture next week (the neurologist also recommended acupuncture if it is a chronic daily headache so hopefully this will help)… if after a couple months I don’t see improvement then we may have to venture into medication or other things but I am hoping we don’t get to that point. As far as the pain in my left sinus- unfortunately the ENT at the Mayo said they never would of operated on my sinus because it can cause scar tissue and make the issue worst…. and the bummer is that I think it did that again… so I am just going to have to grin and bear it because surgery wont do anything at this point… I am still kind of hoping that since she cut down bone that it is still healing and will eventually get better….. so thats the long version of it all- sorry to bore you all…. and I know these issues are small and people have much bigger issues…. that being said… please keep Glen’s college pitching coach- T.O. in your prayers as he undergoes a battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia- he needs way more prayers than I do!
In running news… I ran my furthest distance Saturday… 14 miles… (only one mile more than I have ever ran) And it was a struggle… Lots of hills, humid, and my right calf was killing me but I pulled it off! Truth be told… Sometimes I don’t know how I’ll be able to run 26 miles!!!
I am running in the Twin Cities in Motions “Red, White, & Boom” half marathon on the 4th of July… I am handing out free registration codes for “fifteens 5k” if you see me running… I’ll be in a gray #PMKI tank with short blonde hair… Ask me for a code!
After that…. No more races until the Marathon…. Nerve racking!!
Song: “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen
Distance: nothing today… Ran 14 miles the other day
Quote: “Running is the greatest metaphor in life because you get out of it what you put into it” -Oprah