Migraine365 & Dr. Mitzi

My appointment today with Dr. Mitzi went very well. I explained that my headaches had improved in severity but not frequency, and that I’ve been having a lot of trouble with anxiety. She said she doesn’t often prescribe benzodiazepines, but that she would for me. I told her that I see a pain therapist twice…

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…

Day 42: Weather Break part I

Just the page for now. I am going to take a nap with the cool, cloudy breeze floating in, soothing away the last remnants of the sinus / migraine I woke up with. Sweet relief, warm pillowy bed.

365 Days of Migraine, Days 40 & 41

I am trying not to feel as though increasing my Cymbalta again is a defeat. I have been fairly debilitated by depression for about six weeks; I’ve waited long enough. I’m hoping that the improvement will come soon. A longtime family friend commented on Facebook today that she thinks of Migraine365 as a “graphic journal.”…

Top Ten Reasons To Buy A Migraine365 Shirt

I’m showing my age here, aren’t I? When I went to college in the early 90’s top ten lists were all the rage, thanks to David Letterman. I must have had 3 or 4 different t-shirts from my university, my honors college, my dorm… all top ten lists. And pretty lame, really. But after a…

Days 34 – 39 | Charlotte’s Web & a hard week

I have been soul-dead this past week. So much so that I know I have to return to my original, higher dose of Cymbalta after so carefully and triumphantly decreasing to 30 mg six months ago. My headaches have been some improved, so my depression got worse. That’s what happens. I don’t know if it’s…

Days 32 & 33 | Intractable Migraine Continues

More searing head pain. More phonophobia. More allodynia. More cognitive impairment. More worry and frustration. We got a little behind on Migraine365 and J worked hard to get these pages done today so I want to get them posted. I will come back and do the text some other time. Days 32 & 33, “Migraine…

31 Days of Migraine365 | “Information Overload”

Today has been a good day. J and I both are feeling pretty triumphant about completing our first month of the Migraine365 project. We’re not quite sure exactly which direction to take at this point. Considering Kickstarter, or contacting publishers directly. At the same time, I feel like 365 pages of chronic illness is a…

Day 30: Necessities

I’m at X’s play practice – Charlotte’s Web – at a high school about 10 miles from where we live. Zo’s kindergarten best friend, A, is the sister of “Wilbur” and the little girl who plays Joy the baby spider. Their mom is the president of Youth Theatre Club. It all seems super convenient and…

Day 28: The Pain Cycle

Things are pretty dismal. I may blog more about it later, or I may not. Here is yesterday’s Migraine365 page: Text of Page: 09.15.14 | Day 28: The Pain Cycle | Migraine365 | Migraine –> Time Lost –> Depression –> Tidal Wave [dishes / rest / house / bills / laundry / kids / work…