Sunday, July 31, 2005

Muh-muh-migraine!


My blog has been a great outlet, but more than anything it just reminds me that I'm no longer a young, twenty-something. I've had babies. My body has done weird things. I'm aging slowly. Stuff is breaking.

Yet another thing to chalk up to my ailments is migraines. Now, don't pity me. I am a blessed migraine sufferer (if you can even put those words together in a sentence?). I get much smaller, cluster headaches about every other month. However, I only get the full-fledged, knock-you-on-your-butt, think-your-head-will-explode migraine about every two years. The most recent was on Friday.

So, I'm not complaining. Granted, I WOULD have been complaining on Friday, but I was too busy lieing in the dark, perfectly still in the fetal position.

The thing I find most interesting about migraines is how they amplify everything. It's like the whole world is on a karoake stage, pressed up against the mic. The laughs of your children are like sirens. Doors closing sound more like small explosions. The sunlight ... oh the stupid, overwhelming, stinkin' summer sunlight just keeps coming in through cracks in the blinds - no matter what you do?!?!

This one was a doozy, but I survived (and so did my children). I have many friends who suffer through them regularly. It just makes me want to hug them, or bring them soup ... ANYTHING! When, all you really can do is just leave them alone ... and tip toe on your way out.

I've been reading about how some of the best literature has come out of the aura's and agony of migraines. I'm thinking if I had been writing the other day, it would have ended up with an NC-17 rating!

Not to be a Debbie Downer, but my aunt took her life after battling years of pain from migraines and a non-cancerous brain tumor. When we had time together, it was so special. She was my favorite aunt. However, I remember her being sick all the time. The lights would all be off in the house, and we'd have to play outside. I didn't understand at all.

Now, I have a tiny glimpse into her misery. She was one tough chic.

2 comments:

lindiepindie said...

I, too, have been a once-a-year migraine sufferer until I stopped nursing my 15-month old. The next 2 months yielded 4 big ones. I don't know if my hormones are just trying to balance themselves out or what. It's been about 4 weeks since I've had one - Praise God! I'm not usually a drug person, but after trying several different ones, I'm really impressed with imitrex.

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