Dear Hospital CEO: a letter finally sent

Last year on March 1, I had an unexpected and devastating visit with the DO who had taken over as my primary care physician. She had done a lot for me: set up my first mammogram, referred me to an amazing pain specialist, and while I was in a CGRP study prescribed the other migraine…

The Meds of Medusa

As my neck is still horribly stiff and painful in a way that feels connected to the 9 day old migraine that was finally obliterated on the second floor of Wood County Hospital Friday morning at 10 am, I am sitting here thinking of the amount of medication it took to truly break it. In…

The Migraine Diaries #2: Election Day [2008] available now on Kindle

My second short story in The Migraine Diaries series is now available on Kindle!  Link to The Migraine Diaries 1: Diagnosis [1981] Link to The Migraine Diaries 2: Election Day [2008] I am really proud of this one. Writing about myself as an adult is much easier; I am able to use my own true voice much…

A Tree Grows In Ohio

Today I ended up getting the worst headache I’ve had in months, severity-wise. I haven’t been sleeping well and didn’t make it to the girls’ joint birthday party. And the dread and constant worry of poverty. Feeling really hopeless right now, and know my only job in the world is to make my children feel…

38 Weeks

I finally gave in and went to the ER last night for a migraine I’d had since Monday. I’d gotten as many as 6 hours of relief at a time from Imitrex, but the thing just kept coming back. It was the longevity that broke me… not the severity. This streak of not needing the…

Day 9: all in all is all we are

I don’t have much to say today. I had to deal with the Ohio DMV, to get my license renewed; X came home sick; I printed out the forms for the CGRP studies and picked up medicine for the kitten. I am trying very hard to not take any imitrex even though my head hurts….

365 Days of Migraine: Day 8 “PANIC (new moon)”

Right now, I have a headache. I had a small one this morning, for which I took half an imitrex, and I felt good about that, considering yesterday I needed two. At noon, I went to the tattoo shop to get my very first tattoo, a crescent moon I acquired in 1996, covered by an…

365 Days of Migraine: Day 7 “bad start –> good finish”

Yesterday I woke up with a bad headache and easily vanquished it with one Imitrex tablet. This morning, my similarly bad headache took TWO Imitrex. I am not shaking it off so easily today. I had my appointment at Pain Management, with the nurse practitioner this time, and was very nervous as she examined my…

365 Days of Migraine: Days 2 & 3

J now has a website set up for the book project. Please check it out! You can enter your email address for periodic updates. 08.20.14 | Day 2: “back to school” | morning: Levothyroxine, Protonix, vitamin (1-A-Day Energy), Gingko, Ubiquinol, Feverfew | the morning started well. first day of school. kids dropped off. nap.| noon:…

It’s All Relative.

I haven’t been able to kick this headache until today, at least I hope I’ve kicked it. I had a virus last weekend with different feeling head pain, but pretty sure this three or four day long thing I just finally got rid of now was a migraine even though it felt weird, not my…

365 Days Of Migraine: writing edit

J is an excellent writer as well as a visual artist and musician. He alone created the text to go along with the images he sketched and painted for the squares shown in my last post. However, I am the editor, the fixer as well as the sufferer, and here is my version of the…

Happens Once Per Year, or so

So, I have only had to take TYLENOL today. What’s up with that? I’ve been running around too, and I even napped. I don’t have much hope that I’ll really make it through my entire day without taking something stronger… but I’ll let you know.