Don’t Feed the Animals Layout + Updates

Happy Friday all! This is a long one but I want to continue to share my story with you and keep you updated.

I just wanted to give you an update on what’s going on in the world of Sami right now. As you know the past few months I have been REALLY struggling with migraines. I had been getting them basically every day this summer and so I finally got Botox treatment for migraine. . .

Well it has been almost 3 weeks since the Botox treatment and I have had little relief from this treatment(even though it worked perfectly for me once before) . I have also gone for b12 injections for about a month now since we found out my b12 level was low. I guess I have made major improvements because I am now only getting a migraine about every other day rather than EVERY day, BUT I am still not able to function many days out of the week. This week has been exceptionally rough with 6 migraines.

And we aren’t just talking “Oh, I have a little headache” and pop an ibuprofen. We are talking. . . I can’t get out of the bed for hours or most of the day because I am in so much pain even with the strongest migraine meds on the market. This has been an incredibly exhausting and frustrating time for me personally.

The good news is, I am still having good days and good segments of time even on the bad days. I am still able to get out of the bed and do some of the things I want to do. I am just fighting with my body. I have been spending time with family, I have been able to play with the dogs too. Aside from this week, I had been pretty good about getting my posts up on time and I have still been creating a bunch of projects. Scrapbooking is one of the few things that brings me relief so there is no stopping that. I might be moving slower than normal, but I am still able to sit at my scrap table and work on my projects. I still plan on keeping up with all my scrappy commitments, my blog, the color combos, AND again I have something else in the works with a friend of mine!! Nothing around here is changing, but if I don’t post on time, you know why.

The bad news is, I was a full time college student until today :O(

I am now dropped down to part time because I am just not able to make it to class most of the time. I have no idea when I am going to get sick and my good times are just not always when my classes are. I just can’t be present enough to handle a full course load with the migraines being like they are. I am still taking some classes, but not like I am used to being able to do. This is a huge kick in my pride because I am usually the girl taking 17 and 18 credit hours each semester along with doing a bunch of other things. My family and I had a big discussion about maybe taking this semester off, and I am just not willing to do that yet so I am still taking a few classes.

This morning I had another neurology appointment and now what we are doing is I am going to be getting an MRI to see if there is anything wrong with my brain (tumor is what comes to mind, but I don’t have ANY other symptoms aside from the migraines so this is extremely unlikely) and I am being referred to a headache clinic across the state. Both of these will be further out, so in the meantime, I am going back on yet ANOTHER daily medication to try to prevent the migraines!

Between the Botox treatment, B12 shots, sticking to a very strict sleep/eating/drinking schedule, and trying to be as stress free as possible, the migraines should be gone. . . my doctor and I both agree there is something more serious going on since I am still getting them so frequently. Hopefully it is nothing too scary, but we just have to figure out what it is!

I wanted to keep ya’ll up to date because I know some of you have been asking about the Botox treatment and how I was doing. Thank you all for your well wishes. Please continue to send out good thoughts/prayers/juju/vibes.

And here is a LO for you today: Don’t Feed The Animals, LOL


This is a LO of Johnny acting like a doggie! I thought it was hilarious so I grabbed the camera and took this snapshot between the laughter.

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11 thoughts on “Don’t Feed the Animals Layout + Updates

  1. Oh Samantha, I didn’t know about this health problem. I am praying for you right now, that our good Lord heals you and bless you life richly.
    Keeping you in my prayers.

  2. Sam,

    I know exactly how you feel since all my life I’ve only had migraines. I don’t know what a normal headache is. Fortunately as I’ve gotten older they’ve gotten less severe. Years ago, even a 222 wouldn’t help me, but now Excedrin for Migraines works as long as I take it early enough then it’ll clear my blurry vision. But sometimes they come in clusters. Not fun. I’ve never heard of Botox treatments, what is that exactly? I also know that when my back needs to be adjusted by the chiropractor, that helps a great deal.

    Take care,

  3. Oh, Sam! I am so sorry it has been this bad for you. But, boy, if this is how you function with only a few hours pain-free a day, I can’ imagine what the Sam Whirlwind would be like at 100%! You are one AMAZING chic! Please keep keeping us updated because we all really do care about you!! {hugs}

  4. Holy Moly, Samantha! I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve been going though all of this. I have a friend with similar conditions and she also did the Botox thing, which gave her some relief, but not in a dependable way. I admire your courage and for taking on all that you do. I support your decision to take a break from school for now: go back WHEN you’re ready… I wish you freedom from the pain and hope that you will continue to scrap and craft and stamp your way to wellness! xo- Elise

  5. I feel so bad for you Sam! My son gets migraines occasionally, but nothing like what you are going thru! I hope you find relief soon & get to the bottom of it! Sending prayers & hugs your way!

  6. I have never had a migraine, so I can only imagine what you are going through. I will you well and hope that your medications help. I will pray that your MRI comes out well and that the Drs find nothing serious. As for school, that is a bump in the road of life and you will find tinme to complete that journey once you are better and I know you will be much, much better very soon!


  7. oh sam! so sorry to hear you’re struggling with those migraines. i hope things continue to improve for you. i will be sending good vibes your way.


  8. I hope your migraines feel better soon. I have migraines also – I had one last night and today. I usually get them during hormonal cycles and they are terrible.

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