Thursday, January 31, 2008

Note to self: I'm the Mama

I manage to get out of bed today even though I'm sore. Yesterday, I fell twice trying to force my legs to carry me. So anyway, today, I get up and start getting dressed and realize I have 1 clean outfit. ONE! I have 2 rooms full of clothes and all I have clean is one outfit. With hubby working, I'm the Mama and I'm resposable for laundry. ooopps!!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

yesterday's trigger: onions

I know better! I soo know better! It's beyond habit, though. They bring me a huge hamburger with everything on the side and I add onions. It took me 2 days to be able to get back to work. I did not even realize I had done it until the pain started. 16 walgreen's Migraine relief tabs and I'm back to normal (2 at a time over 2 days) and I'm back to normal. Legs still giving me trouble. They don't want to move.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Today's Migraine Trigger: Being a woman

It has to be because I have not eaten anything on "THE LIST" and I have been keeping vampiric hours to avoid being touched by the Evil Day Star (reference to my favorite book of all time). I have been awake for 2 days because when I lay down, I get sea sick-weird because I don't have an eardrum andtherefore, cannot get sea sick, or so they tell me, but migraines make me sea sick, just like paddleboats did when I was younger, back when I did have eardrums. Plus, if I lay on one side, my legs and hips hurt and jerk. If I lay on the other side, I can hear the fan and it slices my brain as it spins. This would be understandable if it were an industrial sized fan, but its a baby fan; smaller than a dinner plateand usually very quiet, but when I have a migraine, it becomes a jet engine.
This morning, I took a dose of excederine migraine and suffered, asking my hubby every 10 or so minutes if it was time to take more. The third time I asked, he says, "look at the clock," and hands me the clock. It's been 53 minutes. By now, I've kept Hubby awake over 20 hours. I sit quietly behind the laptop computer, not using it, just hiding behind it from the fan. At this point, he evil thing is blowing wind into my face and it feels like pellets being thrown at me. Everytime I lean my head out and open my mouth, Hubby say, "no, it's not tim, yet," so I go back to my hiding. When he finally lets me take my second dose, it's ot long before the fan's evil cousin, cell phone rings and sets off explosions in my head. The call triggers time to go mode, so I drag my bottom out of bed (might as well, I'm not sleeping) and we go. One step out of the nice, dark house triggersa full blown explosion of pain. I suddenly cannot see because the evil day star has sent lazer beams down and incenerated my entire brain! I am frozen in place. Hubby says, "come on, we're on a schedule." I tell him, "I'd love to go, but I can't see." Tears are streaming down my cheeks. It hurts so bad! Then, in front of everyone, my hubby takes my arm and leads me to the car. and puts me gently in like I'm helpless. I love him for taking care of me, but I hate that I can not be totally independant. I hold my eyes the whole way and by the time we arrive, I'm hurting so bad hat I'm shaking. I hurry in to get out of the Evil Day Star's reach. Within minutes, my headache slows to a stabbing throb. An hour later, its barely there, lurking behind the Excederine wall, waiing for a break or crack to come back through. The good news is, Hubby is working again. :)

Sunday, January 13, 2008

migraine triggers

a little history on the name of my new blog:
when I left my old one, I promised that would be the title.
Mom and I were standing around and she offered me a breakfast bar with peanuts in it. I started to take it, then came to my senses and said it...things with nuts give me migraines. My hubby gave me a really hurt look, not realizing I was talking about food...this time.

This is straight from web md, word for word.
A migraine attack typically involves a headache that lasts for 4 to 72 hours. Migraine attacks can range from mild to severe and often have other symptoms like nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, or vomiting.

No one knows exactly why migraines happen, but it's thought that a series of events begins with the excitement of nerve cells in the brain. These overexcitable nerve cells then send out impulses to the blood vessels in the brain. The nerve releases substances that cause inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels resulting in pain and throbbing

My thoughts on this are...4-72 hours. I guess I don't have migraines then, mine have been known to last up to 5 days!

my common Triggers:
sodium nitrate containing foods
MSG containing foods
peanuts, well really all nuts and seeds
green beans
lack of caffeine in large doses
pickles in large quantities
being a woman...cycle changes

Those who know me know how terrible this list is. I eat onions on everything, or at least I used to before they started ripping my head to shreds. I used to eat peanuts and other nuts by the bag daily, then I started getting the migraines again. I love pickles! Loud music rocks!! Light is nessissary to read, durnit! And, in no way can I avoid being a woman! :P

My best friend, John Allen

and now that I have you hooked........notice the shirt. In true fashion, John Allen picks a PINK shirt!! This man was once fighting to save our country folks!!

Things you should know about me

1. I'm a beach, except more itchy
2. I don't cuss as a matter of rule, but I do openly discuss subjects that are not appropriate for reading at work or in front of children
3. My best friend in the whole world is a very hot, well toned, ex marine who is married to my closest girl friend. He also just happens to be gay. Sometimes flamingly so. When I post about him, it is because these are the things I love about him. If you are offended by it, feel free to leave. He approves all my posts.

Introducing me

I am a 30 year old college graduate. I have 2 teen aged sons. I am not, however, a typical mother. In fact, if I were to be classified as a parent, I would have to say, I am their father. I work, my hubby is a stay at home dad who cooks and cleans and takes care of our 2 sons. This works for us. It's not traditional, but I don't believe anything in my life ever was. I am beginning this blog to share some of my story with you all. I once had a blog somewhere else that a lot of people read regularly, but someone sensitive discovered it, so I can not write there any longer. You understand. So, now that life is back to normal after the holidays, I begin this new blog. Thank you to all who have followed me here.