Sunday, March 30, 2008

Does Katie Holmes Have Migraines?

I was standing in line at Wal-Mart yesterday (not my favorite store. I usually go to Target) buying supplies of a new secret addiction of mine. I'm currently obsessed with Reese's Peanut Butter Whoppers, and I can't find them anywhere now but Wal-Mart. I was actually buying five little boxes of them. I was hoping the register clerk wasn't going to out me. Maybe she thinks I'm buying for a child's birthday part and not for my secret consumption, I was thinking in line.

That's when I saw the article in The Star about Katie Holmes having headaches with black spots. Huh! I have migraines with black squiggle lines. Couldn't that be the same thing?

"Star Magazine claims the pressure is finally getting to Katie Holmes. She’s been suffering from dizzy spells and debilitating headaches that have her seeing black spots. Katie also feels the need to be even thinner and obsesses over her diet.

Sources suspect the underlying cause of her current state is her inability to keep up with Tom Cruise’s endless amount of energy and high expectations."

I read the entire article on the spot. Not that I'm playing doctor, but a lot of her symptoms sounded like a migraine to me!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Give U Meegrain

Here is another picture I made during my long night of insomnia from the other night. I actually took this squirrel picture a couple summers ago. I used to get the coolest squirrels on my porch and I fed them lots of peanuts. They were not shy at all. Then they disappeared during the winter. I always wondered where this one squirrel went and now I know. Can't you tell by the crazed look in his eyes? I didn't give him enough peanuts, so he climbed inside my head when I was sleeping and he has been creating havoc ever since!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

March Pain-Blog carnival

The March Pain-Blog carnival is up at How to Cope with Pain. It is featuring the month's best posts. My post about dealing with migraines and smells is included.

p.s. I found the carnival picture on Flickr. It was taken by Georgie Sharp.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Museum Migraine

Recently, I went to The Detroit Institute of Arts to see what the buzz was about after the grand remodeling. I have been going there since I was a kid, and I used to spend a lot of time there during my art history classes in college, writing essays about the paintings.

As I was looking at my favorite paintings, I felt a huge pang of loss, because I realized that now with my migraines, I could never even attempt to take an art history class. There is no way I could expect to complete it. Luckily, I caught my downward spiral of depressive thoughts. I told myself to stop moaning about my former life. I should just try to enjoy my trip to the art museum for what it was.

As for my pain level, it was a livable pain, but the moment I entered the contemporary art after 1950, which is my favorite, my head started banging like crazy. Ugh. Here we go, I thought.

The moment, I left the contemporary area, I felt much better. A couple galleries later, we came across a special exhibit by Julie Mehretu called City Sitings.

“Julie Mehretu: City Sitings inaugurates the central special exhibition galleries, located just to the south of Rivera Court. Mehretu, born in Ethiopia and raised and educated in Michigan and Rhode Island, has been described as a truly global artist, whose large, abstract paintings explore the often unwieldy issues of mobility, social organization, political entanglement, and global competition.”

My head spun. I was instantly nauseous. I told my friend I needed to take a break. I left the gallery to go visit the bathroom. Again, I felt much better as soon as I left the gallery. It was as if a switch was being turned on and off.

After the bathroom, I took a time out on a bench, while my friend finished looking at her work; I took some deep breaths and wondered what was going on with me today when I realized the same thing had happened to me during a trip to London a while back.

I had been at The Tate Modern Museum and I had an awful, splitting migraine, which I had attributed to exhaustion after a week of sight seeing, but I don’t think it was exhaustion, because I remember feeling far better once we got outside and headed for St. Paul’s Cathedral. It had to be the type of artwork that was triggering my pain levels higher.

I know that artwork is supposed to have an effect on the viewer, but I don't think artists ever intended this.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter Chicks!

Happy Easter! This is the wackiest Easter picture of chickens I could find. They are pretty crazy looking. I think I like the chick in the dress the best.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Migraine Kitty Support!

Sometimes, I think my kitty is my biggest migraine supporter. He is always there when I need him the most. When I'm home sick from work, he is the one who hangs out with me all day in bed. Other days, he helps get me out of bed in the morning by play biting me or he attacks my feet under the covers. He's happy to see me after work, even when I look like shit after a tough day. I don't have to explain my pain to him. I think he just knows my ups and downs and loves me still the same.

Does anyone else have this experience with their pets?

Monday, March 17, 2008


How do you deal with insomnia when your head is killing you? Sometimes, I drink camomile tea, stick a cooling patch on my forehead and pray for sleep. Other times, I just can't get to sleep cause my brain is bouncing around the inside of my head.

That's when I end up watching TV Land or I surf the web for sites like Flickr to look at pictures or I play what I call The Pain Game on sites like Image Chef, where I make migraine pictures. Other sites I like are fd's Flickr Toys and Dumpr.

Saturday night was one of those nights when I had the hardest time getting to sleep, so I made this LOL Migraine Chicken picture.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

The Odor Situation.

Silly me, for thinking I have experienced the full spectrum of migraine inducing odors at work, including nail polish, lilacs and antibacterial sprays.

Apparently, I didn’t consider the final frontier, which is body odor.

I arrived late to a meeting and I was stuck sitting next to a woman who is known for being hygienically challenged. Not having experienced her bad habits myself, I always wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt.

Well, I shouldn’t have doubted what I’d heard. It was bad. My migraine pain level was already on high alert this week. Quickly, I felt as if I was going to be sick to my stomach. Then I verped twice and I had to leave.

As soon as I was out of the conference room, I felt a little better but I still ran to the bathroom to be safe.

After a ten-minute bathroom break, I was feeling much better stomach wise, but there was no way I could go back to the meeting. I felt like I was experiencing the jury duty dilemma with what to do with myself all over again. Why does this shit happen to me?

I ended up going back to my desk.

A half hour later, everyone else came out. My boss gave me a weird look, like where the hell did you go, so I had to go explain, but I was at a loss for words. What was I supposed to say? So and so had massive body odor and it made me sick.

Diplomatically as possible, I went up to him. “I’m sorry I had to leave the meeting, but my head was killing me and I couldn’t handle the odor situation in the room.”

He looked at me for a long moment, and I could see the wheels turning in his brain. Then it registered. He nodded.

“nuff said,” he said.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Pick a Mascot of The Day

I woke up this morning feeling that I could only express myself with a migraine mascot. There are three choices to pick from. There is a cute and fuzzy chick from Natalie Dee, a cute but aggressive little piggy and Migraine Squirrel Chuck with a chain saw. Guess which one represents the inside of my melon.

How is your melon feeling today by the way?

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Chocolate Easter Chicken

A girlfriend took me to her favorite candy store yesterday so she could stock up on Easter Candy. It's called Corden's Chocolates and it has been in business since 1918, and no other candy manufacturer can say that each piece of chocolate passes through the hands of one man.

I couldn't believe all the different chocolate bunnies they had. They even had a bunny on a motorcycle, not to mention the chicks and crosses.

I've been on the fence about chocolate being a trigger for me. A doctor told me several years ago don't eat chocolate because it can trigger a migraine, but I've been experimenting with mixed results. Easter is one of my favorite holiday times because of the candy, and I've been missing chocolate in my basket for a long time. So I said what the hell and I bought myself a chocolate chicken and a bag of foiled wrapped eggs!

If it makes my pain worse, so what. There could be a big weather shift or Aunt Martha might have a hissy fit and clobber me in the head on the same day, and I would be in the same boat. This year I'm having chocolate on Easter!!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Adventures in Jury Duty with a Migraine!

Here is what happens when you’re a migraine chick and you have to deal with jury duty in Detroit with a huge migraine and you are definately not thinking clearly.

I had gotten my jury duty notice a couple months ago. I thought about trying to be excused due to a medical problem, but I heard from a friend that her mom had tried, and they had denied her request.

The other day, I woke up with serious migraine pain, so I took my drugs and managed to eat a Lunar Bar and drink some chamomile tea, before I left at 6:45a.m. It was a harrowing drive to Detroit in the dark. I followed a flammable truck's lights, easier to see, but I kept thinking what if it crashes and I’m blown up with it.

I really pissed off a bunch of drivers in downtown Detroit, because I couldn't see the lanes. I managed to get to the court and I paid $10.00 to park. I checked into jury duty at 7:30 a.m.

In the lounge, the fluorescent lights were killer. My ears were ringing. I was super nauseous and my vision was blurry vision. That big ball of flaming steel wool was back in my head. Everyone around me was so serene, quietly sipping their coffees, reading their newspapers and doing puzzles. Why me? Why was I the one sitting there in utter agony?

By about 8:15 a.m., I had to run to the bathroom to chuck. That was when I decided to see if I could leave. At the counter, the clerk acted very concerned about me and she said I could be excused. It would just be a moment to check me out. I was thinking I could just go home for the rest of the day, under the jury duty excuse from work. (Maybe not the most honest thing to do, but who would know?)

Right at that moment, a co-worker appeared late to check in. What are the odds of that? Crap! We said hello and he heard the clerk finishing telling that me that I was excused for the day.

Back in my car, I just sat there, not knowing what to do. I couldn't say I had been in jury duty all day in case my co-worker told my boss he had seen me leaving. I didn't want to call in sick to work again, because I've been calling in a lot lately.

Therefore, I drove to work, sat in the parking lot, cried for ten minutes, got my shit together and went into work. I lasted two hours before I went home sick.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

My first comic!

I found a comic strip generator online at The World of Comic Strips. The World of Strip Blogs. The site is like a blog where you can make your own strips with their art work, etc. So I thought I might try to make my own comic called Migraine Chick's Thought of The Day.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Migraine Chick Motivator!

I've been looking for other ways to use my chicken pictures that I took at the last Michigan State Fair, so I tried making a mock motivational picture with a seriously wacky chicken photograph at fd's Flickr Toys. with the Motivator: Create your own customized motivational poster – Inspire! Motivate! Mock!