plus c’est la mème chose

When I saw the missed call and voicemail from my doctor’s office on my phone during my dinner break at work, I wasn’t worried. After all, I was set for an appointment there in two days to receive Botox for Migraine, a long and intrusive procedure requiring 31 injections and all sorts of hoops to…

plus ça change

04.23.12Sigh of relief. My appointment with the attractive, young, and aloof Dr. “Manhands” went well. Even though he knew I would be seeing Dr. T in August, he still asked questions and put some thought into my situation. He asked whether I’d ever tried Lamictal, which is a mood-stabilizing anti-seizure med used off-label for migraine….

what is life for

These are among the very worst days of my life. Days when there is something important going on and it’s imperative I not be sick. Days that only come once a year, like your daughter’s birthday party with her first grade friends. Significant for so many reasons. That significance on its own, the heavy weight…

there’s a lady who’s sure

April 11, 2012 Dear Beth, Writing and relating to people are two skills I possess which I am inordinately proud of. I’m sitting at the Community Center right now, with very little time in between editing the Summer Programming Brochure and running the Facility Reports, knowing that my husband is coming to your Open House,…

mail

Yesterday I received both the Swatch watch entitled “Migraine” that john ordered for me; and the letter from my doctor about her departure from the practice (indefinite medical leave, it said).

what i need

At Home:WaterGluten-free foodsFragrance-free soapsBio-Freeze Heating pad Cold packsPressure band“Migrelief” herbal/ vitamin tabs (feverfew/magnesium/vitB2)ExcedrinBenadrylSudafedCaffeine tabsIbuprofen UltracetXanaxImitrexZanaflexPercocetDHE (Dihydroergotamine) 1 mg ampules25G SyringesDarkQuiet In The ER:IV fluidsDilaudid – preferably 2 mgZofran or PhenerganBenadrylDecadronAny other painkiller, including morphine, will not work.Being treated respectfully is a plus.Not having to wait for 2 hours to be seen, while banging head on…

end of my rope

How many times have I been in this place? Where all hope seems lost? All options extinguished? 7 months post-hysterectomy, my precious miracle general practitioner who took me under her wing 5 years ago and had the guts to offer real solutions, to take on the trickiest inherited-migraine mess she’d ever seen, had to quit…