Flashback Friday

I stayed in bed all morning. Yesterday I had to give myself a Sumatriptan injection first thing; the morning before I’d needed to take a tablet. No migraine this morning, but maybe postdrome. In a sort of desultory way I scrolled through Facebook. I don’t always check my “On This Day” memories, but I did,…

Not So Silent

Two weeks ago today, my beloved dog Asia accidentally killed our new kitten. They had loved each other at first sight so I wasn’t as vigilant as I should have been while Asia was eating. I had every opportunity to pick Onyx up and move him out of harm’s way. I didn’t. I was the…

The Migraine Diaries on Kindle

Late last night, I completed my first short story for digital publication, a much expanded version of The Migraine Diaries Three [1981] already found on this blog. J used a picture of me at the age I was in the story and created a Migraine365-esque cover for it; I am planning to publish “chapters,” about…

Challenges: Personal and Otherwise

  From the very start, I have had mixed feelings about the Ice Bucket Challenge. Undeniably the online phenomenon, which quickly went viral, has raised a huge amount of money for ALS, regardless of what percentage of the funds actually get used for research (which is a discrepancy some have pointed out). Another truth is,…

On “The Daily Migraine” Best Headache Blogger List!

I am so honored that The Daily Migraine listed my blog alongside greats like Diana Lee (somebodyhealme), Teri Robert, Ellen S, Kerrie Smyres of The Daily Headache, and Michael of Migraine Discussions. I am also on Twitter as @headcase73, for you tweetheads! This could not have come at a better time for me, as I’ve…

#MHAM Photo Challenge, Day 19: Self-Portrait

I take a lot of “selfies.” I am proud of how I look, even at 40, and my tattoos add another dimension to my appearance. The middle image in the above triptych is of the tattoo on my left upper arm, a silhouette of me in kindergarten, with a “happy brain” and stars added to…

#MHAM Photo Challenge Day 13: Unmasked

“Mask” can have all sorts of meanings, literal and figurative. When we are sad or in pain, sometimes we cover those feelings so as to not make people uncomfortable. Or the pain itself can become like a mask that obscures who we truly are. As for me and this photo, I have a literal mask…

#MHAM Photo Challenge Day 11: Sad

Today we got a warning from the City about our “lawn.” I put that in quotes because to me a lawn is landscaped, and ours is just a bunch of ragged grass. J cut it just over a week ago, and it already looks bad. Apparently someone complained about it, because that’s the only time…

Good Things.

Very soon after I wrote the WWED entry, on February 18, things lined up in that magical way that sometimes happens, the way that makes me feel like the universe is letting me know I’m doing something right. It started with panic. I had a week or so left of my Ritalin preventative, no Ativan,…

I love my dog part 2

It’s amazing how any time I manage to write about something positive, there is an equal and opposite reaction to contradict what I’ve expressed to the world. Because I was down, the night got crazy. Both my mother-in-law and my dad had to come over at different times which worked Asia up. Then she probably…