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Migraine

I woke up about 2:30 this morning thinking, I am getting a migraine. I knew it was just a matter of time before it became a full blown migraine. As I lay in bed thinking “oh please, no” I could fell it sliding around my head looking for its way in.

Ooooo should I settle in your eye? Oooo this spot on the back of your head is looking particularly vulnerable this morning. While I keep you guessing on where the pain will settle lets get started with the tingly hands  and the numbness in your face. Bwahahahaha

Poor Hubby has to get up so very early anyway and I couldn’t wait I needed help. So I woke him up to get me some Excedrin Migraine medicine. If you take it early enough, before the pain has settled in one place you can stave off the worst of it, most of the time. I usually take two with a Mountain Dew to really kill the pain but I don’t drink very much soda anymore so I don’t have any on hand, I had to just hope the two with some water would take care if it.

I have managed to avoid the worst of the migraine this time. After taking the Excedrin Migraine medicine I slept for 3-4 hours, it has helped. I have the after migraine hangover now. Bending over isn’t an option at the moment, I have that tenderness in the sites where the migraine tried to take hold, and sudden movements are absolute agony but still feel way better than if I had gotten the full blown migraine.

This hangover will pass in the next bunch of hours. If I had gotten the full migraine I would be having pain, puking and light sensitivity today, tomorrow and the next day I would have the hangover and hopefully by the 4th day I am well again.

For me when I get a migraine it is like having a stroke. My face droops on one side, I get tingling and numbness in my hands, the pain is excruciating like someone has taken a spike and driven it into my eye through my head and out the back, then a band feels like it is tightening around my head and if I move my brains will fall on the floor, I become light sensitive and my words don’t work. I know I am on the home stretch and things will start to be less painful when I start to throw up. But while throwing up my brains feel like they are shooting out the top of my head.

A migraine is the worst. I am glad I was able to stave off most of it. It will be a slow careful day for me today. My hope is none of you can relate.

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How are you doing emotionally, physically and financially?  Where are you at?  Really think about it.  I woke up this morning after having a dream that asked me that.  It was very real and very weird.   I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind. 

Emotionally I am in a pretty good place.  I still crazy love and adore Hubby and he feels the same way about me.  I have my moments when I feel very lonely being so far from him right now.  I miss my girls very much but am incredibly proud of all three of them.  Losing my job and it taking so long to find a new one has been a huge blow to my self-esteem, but I look at it and it isn’t just me.  There are 21 million people in this country currently unemployed.   Most of them through no fault of their own, I take comfort in that fact.  I have a 3.9 GPA for my masters degree program so I know that I am still smart, I look in the mirror and I am still fairly attractive and don’t look my age those things make me feel good and I am happy. 

Physically I am the strongest I have ever been.  Except for a broken toe and sore knees I feel amazing.  My muscles are hard and strong I enjoy the feel of them working.  As soon as this broken toe heals I will get back to the aerobic part of training.  I actually miss it.  I didn’t think I would but I was really enjoying a well rounded workout schedule.  I still need to start eating better.  I have used the migraine and the residual slight nausea to break my sugar binge.  Lent starts Wednesday the 9th and while I am not a practicing anything religious I am going to try to give up sugar for lent.  I am upping the amounts of fruits and vegetables I am eating and writing what I eat down and when.   So hopefully the next time I assess myself this will be where I can announce weight loss and muscle building instead of just one of those.

Financially, well I have said it before; getting laid off was both the worst thing that has ever happened and the best.  It forced Hubby and me to really look at our finances and come to grips with our spending habits.  They were atrocious!  We were in so far over our heads that at one point we didn’t think we could get out.  But we are steadily climbing out of the hole we dug for ourselves.  We have a realistic budget that we are sticking too.   We know where all of the money goes, we know where all of the money comes from, and we work very hard for there to be more money in than goes out.  We don’t have any credit cards, if we need to buy something we save for it.  It is much more satisfying to get things now.  We enjoy things more because we don’t do them as often.  I have had two companies contact me for more information, so hopefully I will be gainfully employed soon.  We are making plans to save when that time comes.  We have gotten used to living more frugally and I think it will continue.

That’s where I am emotionally, physically and financially.  How about you?  How are you doing? Really think about it.  Be honest, maybe write it down.  It makes a huge difference when you really know.

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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The vice that was squeezing my head yesterday has relented some and the person stabbing me in the eye all the way through my head has taken their stabby thing and gone away.  As long as I do not move too fast or change altitudes too quickly I am pretty good.  Bending over still makes me need to check the floor, I am pretty sure my brain is bouncing around there somewhere.   But it is considerably better than it was yesterday. 

I got an email from a company that I had applied to, they wanted more information!  That is always exciting, they sent a questionnaire and one of the questions they asked was “4. What do you mostly read in your spare time? Give 3 examples.”  How awesome is that?  A job that encourages you to read!  It is so totally up my alley.  I love reading, as I told them “If it has words I read it.  I have read everything from JK Rowling and Rick Riordan to Steig Larrson, Albert Camus to Stuart Kaminski.  I read a minimum of seven news sites every day.  I have even read the 2006 international building codes along with the State of Wisconsin and State of Florida building codes.”  I bet they don’t get too many people who can say that!  (By the way I really don’t recommend it unless you have a really wicked case of insomnia or really need to know something – which is why I read them)

Unfortunately because of the residual yucky feelings from the migraine yesterday I can’t work out today.  I almost believe that I am feeling fine and then I will sneeze or cough or just move too quickly . . . and I am pretty sure my brain is clanging around in there bashing against the sides.  Ooo don’t want to think too hard right now either.  I guess I will have to wait till tomorrow to do my test; thinking and moving are pretty low on the list of things to do today.  It’s better than yesterday but still gonna take it easy.

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I woke up this morning with someone trying to drill a hole through my head.  The silent prayer of “Oh please no, not a migraine” was not answered.  I am pretty sure my brain is sloshing around in there free of all its moorings.  I was lucky; I did not throw up this time.  Throwing up with a migraine is like repeatedly banging your head on the porcelain god.  No fun and really nasty. 

I wasted an hour and a half trying to breathe it away.  Often time if you can lay still and get very warm you can relax it away.  Not this time, I finally got up and took a pain pill I had left from my broken toe.  It didn’t really help much with the pain from the migraine but it did help me sleep some. 

So now I am moving very slowly because I am pretty sure my brain will fall on the floor if I move too fast.  I still feel rather nauseous and food, I am pretty sure saltines are the food for the day.  Nothing else sounds even remotely appetizing. 

I had the blurry vision, nausea and extreme pain this time, so it is actually a rather minor migraine.  I usually get slurred speech, droopy face, mixed up words and the aforementioned symptoms.   It has been 9 hours since it started; I figure I have at least that many hours before it lets up completely.  The brains falling on the floor feeling will hopefully go away in the next two days.  I think it is time for another nap.

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I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and if you went shopping survived Black Friday.  I personally do not see the appeal of waiting in line for hours to buy things.  I am not a big fan of crowds.  Hubby and I have had a good time with my family this weekend.  The only thing that would have made it better is if Navy Girl, Army Girl and Air Force Girl had been here too.  You were all greatly missed.  All of the “kids” were asking when the next time they would see you.  So when and if you get a weekend off . . . I am so funny! 

Yesterday we spent the day doing some sprucing up of Gpa’s house.  We got him new blinds and washed the curtains and washed the windows (thanks Hubby) and got new shades for his lamps.  Trying to get some more light in his life.  I think the more light he gets the less depressed he will be.  It is so dark in his living room.  He spends most of his time in it so I would like it to be a little more happier rather than the dark depressing place it has been.  He has not felt very good while we have been here.  It makes me sad to see him winding down the way he is.  He is in the bathroom right now coughing and wheezing.  Smoking is such a horrible thing.  Most of what we washed off the windows was tar.  Brown and nasty.  The inside of the windows were dirtier than the outside.  We talked about getting someone in to clean at least once a month, I would like them to start washing down the walls too.  I don’t know how much longer he can be independent.  I know he is worried about that too.  He has talked about the assisted living place over by the church.  We should look into it.  See how much it is and if there is a waiting list.  I worry.

Everyone will be heading out today.  It was good to be together.  I hope we can do this more often.  I just don’t see happening.  Everyone has such busy lives.  All of my kids are grown and so are sister M’s but everyone else is still working on raising theirs.  We are a very lucky family, we have really nice kids.  I hope it stays that way. 

We heard from Army Girl on Thanksgiving, she got to talk to Gpa.  Poor kid had another migraine.  I went through a period like that when I was about her age.  Seemed like every time I turned around I was getting one.  I found out my triggers were stress, coca cola and coffee.  So I try to avoid all of them.  Navy Girl called later on Thanksgiving, we talked for a little bit but it was hard to hear her.  We were at the church still and the echo was fierce and everyone was laughing.  So we talked again yesterday and she got to talk to Gpa.  We have gotten pictures from Air Force Girl so we know she is having a good time.  I am going to make sure she talks to Gpa before we leave today.  I hope you all have taken the time to tell everyone how much you love them.  We are all here such a short time.  I love you all.  Thank you for reading this blog.

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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