Midwestern Wanderlog

2016-09-20 – Aftereffects

Migraines are dreadful things.  They take your vision, they take over your hearing, they fill your head until your body is just one all-encompassing spike of pain that throbs in time to your heartbeat.  You can’t think, you can’t see, the softest of sound is magnified horribly, and your skin gets so sensitive you can’t stand to have even the softest of pajamas or bedcovers touching you.

Sunrise Stats!
First light: 6:27 AM
Sunrise: 6:56 AM
Daylight: 13 hrs, 14 min

And for some of us, nothing can be done.  The high-powered medications might – might – reduce the pain but leave you too loopy to get anything done anyway.  Or they don’t work at all.  Or worst of all, you don’t know if they’d work or not because you react badly to one or more components and can’t try them.  So you endure.  You surround yourself with quiet and darkness and do your best to lie still.  Maybe you manage to fall asleep – merciful unawareness, at least for a while.  (Though the pain is waiting for you when you drift back out of your uncomfortable doze.)  Maybe you just lie there and plead with your stomach to be still.  Don’t make me throw up.  I can’t walk in a straight line to the bathroom, and I’m seeing double or triple of the bucket next to the bed.  So please, please, just be still.

That was yesterday.  I should not have been behind the wheel, either going to the Bluff or coming back.  And yes, I did call in to work.  I also had to beg Jerry not to mow the lawn because noise hurts, and he just doesn’t get it.

This morning was better.  I’ve still got the headache and I’m dizzy and seeing funny, but I can function.  And I discovered that I’m far more devoted to this project than I am to work!  (Unless it’s my work, of course.)  But at least I’ve only had the one severe migraine so far this year.  I have to do better with my sleep schedule.  That, next to stress and certain foods, is one of my biggest triggers.

If you experience migraines too, bear that in mind.  Get yourself a notebook or journal so you can keep track of what you eat, how much you sleep.  Write down things that weigh on your mind.  And see if there’s a correlation.

Because I don’t know anything worse than experiencing chronic migraines.

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