Hello everyone! I am about to head back to West Lafayette for another awesome year at Purdue, so I thought I would just give you an overview of my first year of college. All in all I had an awesome year. I met some amazing people, got pretty good grades, and have been feeling pretty well. Throughout the year I did have a few headaches from time to time but I think they were mostly due to weather changes or things that I ate. Since my surgery, I have become more sensitive to changes in humidity and food with lactose. So as long as I didn’t eat a milkshake while it was raining I was in pretty good shape. There were some instances where I would get so stressed about school that I would get a headache, but I’m pretty sure that’s a common issue in the life of a college student.
When my headaches did get pretty bad there were a few times when I had to take pain medication, but that only happened about 3 or 4 times throughout the year. I’m not really sure why I have become so sensitive to weather changes, but from what my mom and I have found that seems to be a pretty common issue after people have the surgery. Maybe I was always sensitive to that, but I never really realized it because of how bad my headaches were. As for the lactose issue, I really have no idea how that could have happened. Although, avoiding cheese and ice cream in the dining courts probably did help me avoid the freshman 15 so I’m actually pretty thankful for that.
I’m really just relishing in the fact that I was actually able to attend college. If I hadn’t had the surgery I really don’t think I would have been able to go to college at all, especially not at a Big 10 university so far from home. Having this surgery really opened so many doors for me and helped me figure out that I want to be a Pharmacist. I know I was given a gift and I really want to help as many people as possible overcome headaches so they can have the same opportunities that I have had. Please don’t hesitate to email me or my mom with any questions you have about of the treatments I have had, we would love to talk to you!