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 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 11: peanuts | I was a different person then

Today the weather is very warm and windy, with dark gray clouds like the kitten’s marble fur quilting a pattern across the sky. The humidity and higher temperatures are not helping my headache situation one bit, nor is the fact that I barely slept last night. X is still sick and was running a fever…

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…

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: Day 6 “eye to eye”

Here is yesterday’s 365 Days of Migraine piece: Text of Page: 08.24.14 | Day 6 “eye to eye” | journal page: Sundays are for being tired. X wanted to go to the pool, the first time in years the pool is open after school starts. But I just couldn’t. I’m so exhausted. J had to…

365 Days of Migraine: Day 4 “postdrome”

I guess I forgot Day 4, which makes sense, considering that it was about the postdrome brainfog. Here it is: Here is a close up of the journal page: Text of Page: 08.22.14 | Day 4 “postdrome” | journal page: Postdrome – “I lost my head in San Francisco / Waiting for the fog to…

365 Days of Migraine: Day 5 “Saturday”

The house is messy and J is anxious. We are all tired. It is hot and humid. Today’s page: Text of Page: 08.23.14 | Day 5 “Saturday” (sometimes weekends are hard) | Haiku for Saturday – There’s too much to do / sometimes the weekends are hard / there’s too much to do | Hi….

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:…

365 Days of Migraine: Day 1

birthday birthdays can be hard | this one was pretty great. there is a lot in the world to distract sometimes. the garden we planted is growing. it even rained on elizabeth’s birthday. and the pain stayed away… …for now…

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…