Day 18: “brave like my mama” by Zo, age 5.

My precious five year old daughter, Zo, born by emergency c-section at 35 weeks due to bleeding placenta previa, who was a fighter and a miracle and a dream come true from the moment of her unlikely conception, who has had near constant strep since March and can barely eat due to the probably pus-filled,…

Making The Invisible Visible [365 Days of Migraine: Day 17]

In 1998, when I got my fifth tattoo – actually my fourth AND fifth, I got them at the same time – my dad said I might “have a hard time finding a husband,” and my mom developed a theory. Her theory had to do with my migraines, and how my new passion for getting…

Day 16: J’s Uncommon Migraines

Yep, my partner and caregiver gets migraines too. He got one yesterday. He’s one of those people who can’t take imitrex, because it makes his chest hurt. There was a night last year he was convinced he was dying. So, J just has to wait them out. Last night, he felt better after vomiting, but…

Day 15: F E A R

| The fear begins with aura. As soon as the floaties begin, those nefarious clear squiggles, my stomach tightens and the “what ifs” start. What if I miss the medication window? What if I choose the wrong medicine to take? Do I have enough? Mentally check through supply… and decide what to take. Figure out…

Day 14: injection

365 Days of Migraine Day 14: Injection |Today I almost missed my own birthday party. The normal “wake up headache” did not improve from 1/2 imitrex & Percocet as it usually does, and I realized while J was meeting with his client that I didn’t even feel well enough to pick up my prescriptions and…

Day 13: slumber party

Today wasn’t great. I got a bad headache at around lunchtime and almost didn’t make it to my brother’s gathering for our birthdays. X was exhausted from her sleepover; both she and Zo were frustrating to deal with. And tomorrow it all begins again. Migraine365, Day 13:

365 Days of Migraine: Introduction

Text of Page: 08.19.14 | introduction | [journal] It always seems a bit different. There are similarities of course, but each is unique, like seashells of the same species. Every headache brings a crisis of varying severity, and must be dealt with on a daily basis. / They grow, shifting and undulating like jellyfish, before…