Days 62 & 63

I have written about these days already, so am just posting the artwork. Really don’t like J’s version of my half-shadow selfie at MHNI so I’m including only the Instagram version.

Chronic Migraine Study

I’m in! Next week I will get the headache diary tablet. Then a month later, I will receive the drug or a placebo. At the end, I will get the real drug! I feel giddy!

Day 61: Constellations

In this piece, j beautifully illustrated and painted the night sky, adding “constellations” shaped like the chemical formulas of serotonin, sertraline (zoloft) and duloxetine (cymbalta). I thought it deserved its own entry. I am still feeling dizzy, nauseous, and fatigued, and don’t know how I would have felt today even if I’d taken the right…

Days 59 & 60: (The Beginning of) A New Age

Last night, I opened 8 Cymbalta capsules one at a time, dumping and dividing the tiny beads inside them so that I would be taking a little less each day, ending next Monday. The beads are about the size of the salt grains that come in packages with frozen soft pretzels. We did this a…

*lady migraine 365*

The title of my blog was always kind of arbitrary. I do use the word “lady” a lot, not at all to be proper, or to refer to myself as “a lady,” all fancy-like with my nose in the air. Rather, it was ironic slang, a fond nickname for female friends, sort of like the…

Days 56 – 58: The More They Stay The Same

Monday brought more headache, frustration and car trouble… at least I was able to get Zo to her first Daisy Scout meeting, and my dad came to the rescue with jumper cables and it was all very easy, though I was breathless with anxiety about my former boss’s hybrid SUV being parked quite nearby in…

Days 53 – 55: The More Things Change…

I have continued to struggle with the increase in my Cymbalta, waking up with a flushed face and a moderate headache every day. This weekend was… a weekend. On Friday, J’s colleague made a comment about his salary; the possibility that he could get an MSW and become a therapist where he currently works as…

Days 50 – 52, The Eclipse

The day J was to return home, Wednesday, there was a lunar eclipse. I got the girls to bed early the night before, and set my alarm for the time the article I read recommended. The skies were going to be clear and I was very excited – the last several celestial events we’d had…

October: Days 45 – 49 “Fall”

J took a much needed break, a trip down to a friend’s cabin in the hilly, State Park filled Southeastern section of our state. It is also where I attended college and I hope we can go again soon as a family, but J needed solitude and quiet. Also, the night before he left, we…

Day 44, The Big Picture: San Francisco

On October 1, we illustrated our first in a series of “interludes” within the book project that will be called The Big Picture. These pages will reflect on history and theme, not what happened that particular day. In this case, our attempted move to San Francisco, which I have haltingly, painfully blogged about in the…

Day 43: Weather Break part II

Wow, I have gotten really behind on posting the Migraine365 pages. Since increasing my Cymbalta, I have been slightly less depressed, but more headachy. Things have been tough but j has done an admirable job of continuing to create art to represent each day. Here is the continuation of “Weather Break.” Day 43