#MHAM Photo Challenge, Day 29: Community

I bet I’m not the only one who’s sad that Migraine & Headache Awareness Month is almost over. This month has allowed our community to shine with blog posts, photo challenges, lots of great memes and awareness facts to share, and the conference this weekend in LA, with all its new research. MHAM inspired me…

On Second Thought

Maybe the Pain Management Clinic Will actually be beneficial. I like and respect Dr. S And she recommended this. The last two weeks have been brutal It is easy to give up hope But I did fight, and got this appointment And while I fear it will go badly There’s no reason to be upset…

#MHAM Blog Challenge, Day 25: Exhaustion

The AMHA Blog Challenge topic for today requires us to watch a video. I had basically stopped doing the MHAM blog challenges, because so many of them have been about songs (listen to this); or ideas expressed in TED talks (watch this) and I just haven’t had the energy. Watch that, and write a blog…

The Most Important Thing: Validation.

The appointment with C. when I was prescribed the oxygen for home use went so badly I didn’t write much about it. I cried; I basically begged. My pain therapist had thought my case warranted a prescription for narcotics, and made me feel like I mattered, like how I felt and feared mattered.  The nurse I…

#MHAM Photo Challenge, Day 23: Nature

While I do love a nice hike in my local nature preserve or even just sitting in my beautiful backyard, by far my favorite form of nature, and the most soothing to me, is the ocean. Other forms of nature might be headache triggers due to odors; strong, tree-filtered light; and allergens like pollen. But…

On “The Daily Migraine” Best Headache Blogger List!

I am so honored that The Daily Migraine listed my blog alongside greats like Diana Lee (somebodyhealme), Teri Robert, Ellen S, Kerrie Smyres of The Daily Headache, and Michael of Migraine Discussions. I am also on Twitter as @headcase73, for you tweetheads! This could not have come at a better time for me, as I’ve…

#MHAM Photo Challenge Day 12: Mood

Quiet, shy and solitary. Elated, happy, involved and social. Sad and introverted, introspective. In pain and hopeless, depressed and devastated. All me, all dependent on the daily status of my migraine disease.

The Eye Of The Tiger

“You held me down, but I got up Already brushing off the dust You hear my voice, you hear that sound Like thunder gonna shake the ground You held me down, but I got up Get ready ’cause I’ve had enough I see it all, I see it now I got the eye of the…

WWED?

As I re-read the contents of this blog, spanning the past few years with several long gaps, varying degrees of anonymity, and accompanying various use of writing skill (along with good judgement or lack thereof), I wonder about the “lady” I’ve become. In real life, I’m not sure I am any longer a worthwhile friend,…

The Migraine Diaries: One [1976]

Tiny little head, big bed. Diffuse curtain light too bright. Is it supposed to feel this way? Drifting miniature fairies dance the length of the beam. “Dust,” mama whispers, pressing the cool cloth gently across my forehead. It hurts more on the other side, but I don’t tell her. I close my stinging eyes, then…

Little Girl X

Getting over the four shots of DHE I had yesterday, my stomach roils angrily and my head still hurts just enough to be annoying. I’m spending another day in bed, at least partially. Zo sleeps part of the night with us, invariably. So I was none too thrilled when X wandered in at 3 am…