Ever since GK for my AVM in June & craniotomy for the aneurysms in July, I’ve been asked (over and over) if my headaches are gone.
Over the summer, I said, “School hasn’t started yet.”
Well, I went back to work almost 2 months ago. Our district did better than many with the budget cuts, but they did have to cut office clerk & para positions, adding to my paperwork load.
And the state and district have changed how we do some of our Special Education paperwork.
And the state has changed state testing & we’re still don’t know what all will be on the new English-Language Arts EOC/STAAR test. We now more about the “regular” test than the modified. My students will take the modified test.
Half of my SpEd caseload students have their ARDs this month, and I’m responsible for the paperwork.
I’m not surprised to have headaches-stress has always been a headache/migraine trigger for me.
But the headaches are “different.” I’ve been getting aura and milder headaches. I’ve been irritable & sound sensitive with the headaches, too. But they have “moved.” Instead of my “typical” migraine–behind my right eye/top right side of my head, they are sometimes lower, back right on my head.
With the AVM diagnosis (and because my family doc had fussed at me right before my AVM diagnosis), I no longer take Excedrin, which had been my over-the-counter drug of choice. Tylenol + Maxalt weren’t quite taking care of things, and I’m not going to take Vicodin at work.
So, one day last week, I e-mailed my husband (he works at home) & asked him to contact either my famiy doc or my neurosurgeon to ask about these “different” headaches. Just to make sure.
Neurosurgeon’s office called today & the change in headaches is a concern, and he wants me to have an MRI just to be safe–but as soon as I can.
So, I am scheduled for an MRI tomorrow & Dr. Kim will take a look at the scans on Friday when he is in the office.
I have 3 ARDs next week & have to get the paperwork done, so that is a bit stressful in addition to worrying about my brain. I’ll work on some of the paperwork tomorrow when I’m not at the imaging lab. I talked to my department head today, and she said that if I run out of time or end up not back at school, she will call my kids in to do their transition interviews & transition goals for me.
I found out about needing the new MRI today about 1/2 hour before heading to an ARD & was trying to keep my mind focused on my student & not what my brain is doing.
BTW–ARD = Annual Review & Dismissal meeting–the meeting we are reuqired by law to hold annually for our SpEd students to discuss their progress, their annual goals, classroom accommodations, and curriculum modifications.
Maybe I’m slow, or maybe I’m just extra careful, but it takes me 3-4 hours to do the paperwork for one ARD. (the less input I get from the student’s other teachers, the longer it takes me to sort through state test data & decide on what I think might be strengths/needs for subject areas I don’t teach.) The new way to do things, the non-user friendly technology, and the two different software programs that don’t talk to each other don’t help the process, either.