Day 26, “everyday”

Today I woke up feeling like total crap. No one (including X) wanted to go to horse lessons, but I had to, because J has become very afraid of X riding. So I didn’t put any makeup or bra on and decided I wasn’t going to get out of the car. I felt awful. I…

Day 24: Mommy and Me, by X (age 9)

This is X’s first Migraine365 page, and she was very excited. We had a great day. I was feeling really well; we got our t-shirts going for the project; our new washing machine delivered; john got caught up on sleep; and we were able to unexpectedly buy food. X and I went grocery shopping together,…

Day 23: Rainy Day Blues

365 Days of Migraine, Day 23, was day 3 in bed for me. Text of Page 09.10.14 | Day 23: Rainy Day Blues | [journal page] Actually, I love rainy days. There was a tornado watch, but even though it was windy and warm there were no storms. It was like the third day in…

The 4 Days of Migraine I Missed Due To Migraine

365 Days of Migraine, Day 19: “The Black Swamp Arts Festival Part 1” 09.06.14 Text of Page: |The Black Swamp Arts Festival fills the streets every September. This year, elizabeth was too sick to go. | The girls and I went down the first day; elizabeth stayed in bed… depressed, scared, sick. | The people…

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:

Day 12: |some days are normal|

Here is yesterday’s Migraine365 page: < And a close up of the journal page, about Alice In Wonderland: < Text of Page: 08.30.14 | Day 12: {Some Days Are Normal} | Migraine365 | Zo and X played with their Furbies outside | elizabeth had a low-level weather migraine all day.| X was sick with a…

Day 10: Stuff

Yesterday was an annoying hodgepodge of a day; today was much the same. Here is Day 10’s Migraine365 page: Text of Page: 08.28.14 | Day 10 “Stuff” | Migraine365 | Every day… every morning the same thing | Ohio Department of Motor Vehicles “When I renewed the plate they said…” | NEURON | Drop off…