Migraine365: The Sumatriptan Series

In Fall of 1992, I believe, or maybe Spring 93, I took an Intermediate Poetry class with an instructor and poet named Tom Andrews. He was bald, soft-spoken. I don’t know if he encouraged me, after a number of missed classes and my explanation, to use my illness as muse; but then, I already had,…

general update.

I have had an unrelenting headache for three days. It isn’t too severe, but nevertheless pricks and pokes at me and brings accompanying aura, allodynia, and irritability. I’m not happy about it. For some reason, nothing I take is working. I had my last appointment in Ann Arbor yesterday for the double-blind phase of the…

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 44, The Big Picture: San Francisco

On October 1, we illustrated our first in a series of “interludes” within the book project that will be called The Big Picture. These pages will reflect on history and theme, not what happened that particular day. In this case, our attempted move to San Francisco, which I have haltingly, painfully blogged about in the…

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.

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…

Day 27: Horse Lessons | Bank meeting

I love Fall, but 60’s and cloudy is a shitty combination. It’s chilly and damp, damp that seeps into your bones, without real rain, but it seems to always be threatening. I HATE when it’s hot, I do. But the weather the last few days seems wrapped up in how I’m feeling, which is dark,…

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…