Migraine Madness (Picture)

Stressed? As far as I’m concerned, a migraine is one of the more pointless headaches one could get. At least with a tension headache, stress or something has caused it and there are things you can do to make it go away. Not the case with a migraine, at least, not for me.

I have all this cool stuff to blog about, but all I can concentrate on is how much my head hurts. Sometimes when I get a migraine, the light sensitivity is too much and I have to turn off every light and simply lie still. Right now, it’s progressed to the sort of headache that lying down in complete darkness doesn’t help (now I get to be in pain in the dark!), so I figured I might as well blog (with the screen brightness turned way down) while I wait for it to go away.

Medicine doesn’t help when it gets to this stage. I have Vicodin, but all that will do is make me loopy and nauseated. I took one Excedrin Migraine–usually that’s enough to take the edge off–but not tonight. If I take another, then hello nausea. Plus, Excedrin Migraine has the added benefit of caffeine. So tonight I get to lie AWAKE and be in pain. Great. Awake with my mind racing with all the stuff I need and want to do, but knowing that the best thing for me to do is to get back off the computer (don’t worry, I’m going to, I promise!) and lie back down in the dark. Maybe take another Excedrin Migraine and deal with the nausea. At this point, it doesn’t matter. Either way I’ll feel icky.

To add insult to injury, I think I’ve caught Adam’s cold. My throat feels pretty scratchy and my nose is awfully runny. Boo.

In spite of how crappy I feel right now, the last two days have been really super, and I will blog about them once this headache lets up. It has to soon. It’s been here on and off since Wednesday.

‘Til next time….


In Sickness and In Health

Throughout our relationship, Adam and I have dealt with things here and there. Colds, migraines, me and my explosive digestive tract, plus my terrible four month long sore throat… but nothing was like yesterday, when poor Adam’s top left wisdom tooth decided that the frequent “get me out” requests weren’t enough and that he needed to be taught a MAJOR lesson.

I felt so helpless yesterday. I hated watching him suffer and being powerless to stop the pain for him. He was in so much pain and no matter WHAT drugs (or how many) I pumped into him, the pain wouldn’t go away. Or it would go away for about five minutes–just enough time for him to drift off to a fitful sleep, before he was jerked awake by another spasm of pain. He munched on lots of bread and buns because chewing helped alleviate the pain a little bit, and I made him soup. We were frustrated because he was obviously in horrible pain and we couldn’t do a thing about it. The dentists were closed or booked, and no one would call in some good drugs for him so he could get through the night. Finally, about 10:30 or so, he managed to fall off to an exhausted sleep. I think enough of the sleeping meds had gotten into him that his body couldn’t fight it anymore, pain or not. Plus, he’d been NOT sleeping for two nights because of the pain. He was worn out. I was happy that he finally passed out.

Now I know how he felt last Christmas, when I was in so much pain because of that horrible sore throat.

This morning, I drove him to the dentist and packed a bag full of activities to keep myself busy while he went “under the knife.” The extraction didn’t take very long, and he came out proudly holding his tooth wrapped in gauze. It was FREAKY looking! Now, he’s sleeping, but also cracking me up because he wants everything to eat that he can’t have. Beef, especially. The poor guy…. I remember getting my wisdom teeth out four years ago (I got all four out; and they were impacted, so there was NO solid food for me for about a week!) and craving chicken wings and fries, Cream of Wheat and bacon, and everything I could not eat. One can only take so much soup, yogurt, ice cream, and Spaghetti-Os.

He’s not done yet… lots of dental work in his future, but the most painful and important thing has been taken care of. And that’s a good thing.

(Originally published at Anywhere Is…)

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Can’t Get Comfy :(

Aidan is in bed. I am headed there myself with a book and something to drink. Actually, Adam came up with this really refreshing drink that I love. Just mix cranberry-raspberry juice with lemon-lime pop. It’s so yummy. So I’m going to take some of that with me.

So, my dilemma is that I am simply not comfortable. If the AC is on, I start freezing and my throat and ears hurt badly. But if the AC is off, then I get really warm. Not nicely warm, either. I don’t know if it’s because I’m obviously not 100% this weekend, or if I really do have such a narrow range of temperatures that I feel comfortable in. (FTR, it’s like 72-84 degrees F).

If I take a Psuedovent, I will be up all night. Worrying about things that I either can’t control, or things that I can’t deal with at that time anyway. We don’t want that. I put Aidan to bed at 9:15, so he’ll be up early tomorrow. (Or maybe not, he’s in his room squeaking now.) I need my rest to deal with his billion weird questions tomorrow. So what do I do? I feel like I’m kind of stuck. *sigh* Oh well.

(Originally published at Anywhere Is…)

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It’s bad enough being sick. It’s even worse when both caregivers are sick. It’s extra challenging when both caregivers are sick, but the one being cared for is five and very, very healthy/active/vibrant and full of 9 thousand questions (such as “Mommy, how do they make Sun Chips?”)

All I want right now is a cool bath, a bowl of soup, and a long nap. :O

(Originally published at Anywhere Is…)

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Today I woke up with one of those “knock you on your tail + nausea + eye twitching + sensitivity to light + halo” migraines. I slept 80% of the day away because even sitting upright made me want to hurl.

(One good thing about not working full-time is that I didn’t have to worry about taking off from work to rest.)

I took two Darvocent and eight ibuprofen today, and now I’m hoping to knock the rest of this out tonight as I sleep. Now I have light sensitivity, a very mild ache, and nausea. Blah. But much better than most of today. I was even too sick to read Sarah Dessen’s new book. You KNOW that has to be rough, if I can’t even read!

Anyway, I’m off to bed again. Got a busy weekend ahead, must be healthy for it.

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