Friday, October 31, 2008

Fear Factor

Yesterday at work, they were having a Fear Factor contest for Halloween. They had six covered bowls and you had to stick your hand in each bowl and guess the contents. I don't know if my brain was working exceptionally well for a change or if my relationship to food has been altered because of the vomit factor in my life, but I was the only one who guessed all the bowls correctly, so I won the contest.

The contents of the bowls were peeled grapes in cold water, cold spaghetti noodles, warm rice, rice pudding with gummy worms, pumpkin guts, and jello with plastic spiders.

For my prize, I won a set of Halloween Cookie Cutters!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Guillotine Type Day!

I was having a truly awful migraine pain day today, with lots of prayers to Migrainelupe to save me, and I was seriously thinking about building a guillotine in my back yard, when I came across The Princess's Daily Life blog where she had posted her own cartoon about a guillotine, so I decided to make my own comic about it, too.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Migraine Brain Works

Have you ever noticed how your brain works differently with varying levels of pain during a migraine? Most mornings, I feel as if my brain is a wonky computer with an unstable virus, and I have to figure out what is going on with it today. Sometimes as my pain level increases during the day, I can actually feel my intelligence dropping to a lower wattage.

Here are some of the variations for my Migraine Brain Works

Full Fledge Shut Down-I can’t even think. This is the face in the pillow type of day where I don’t even know what day of week it is.

The Zone Out-This is where I find myself staring at something like my computer screen at work and I have no idea what I’m doing or how long I’ve been sitting there staring at my screen.

Scatterbrained-I feel as if I have severe ADD. I have to check to see if I put my bra on in the morning or I might put on deodorant twice because I’m so distracted that I cannot remember doing it the first time.

The Substitution-I find myself saying words wrong. I say “Bed and Bath” instead of “Blockbuster Video.” I also have a problem with typos and spelling errors if I'm trying to write something.

No Short Term Memory-I have trouble learning something new at work, but doing something I’ve done for ages isn’t a problem at all.

Forget Me Not-I’m plagued all day by the feeling that I’m forgetting something important. This is tied into the scatterbrained type of day.

Do you have any different types of Migraine Brain Works?

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Losing Your Grip-Collage

I made this collage to convey the sense of chaos that migraines bring to my life.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Good Voodoo Dolls!

I found some good voodoo dolls to counteract the Guatemalan worry dolls which I believe are hanging out in my head with Migraine Squirrel Chuck and giving me migraines. It's getting crowded in there.

They are called Charm Voodoo Dolls, and they are handmade from one piece of string. They even have a health series, where I think I found the best doll for migraines. She is called Nalani The Hula Girl. Here is her blurb:

"WHAT NALANI CAN DO FOR YOU - I will help you find that relaxed place in your mind so you may have peace. My translated name is "calms of the sky" and I come from the beaches of Hawaii."

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Princess Who Lost Her Crown

I must not be much of a princess because I swallowed my temporary crown on my tooth. I was eating spaghetti for dinner Sunday night when I noticed something felt different in my mouth. My temporary crown had vanished and it was no where to be found. Thus, I deduced that I must have eaten it!

Now my poor ground down tooth was exposed and it was hurting! Luckily, I had some Anbesol for during the night, but when I woke up, I had a fresh bout of migraine-laria and a throbbing tooth. I called the dentist straight away and they were able to fit me in at 4:30 p.m. That meant I had to go to work, where I was completely useless.

After I initially swallowed my temporary crown, I considered making myself throw up. I throw up all the time with my migraines, but the one time, I needed to throw up, I couldn't do it! What type of migraine skill is that??

At the dentist, they had my new permanent crown, so they stuck that on. (I was supposed to go in Saturday for the crown delivery) This morning, my tooth is still pretty sore, but my new crown is looking pretty good. My dentist said my temporary crown is probably not lancing my internal organs, either.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Migraine Haiku-The Book

I finally put together my migraine haiku book. It is a collection of 100 haiku all written during a migraine about having migraine. It is the biggest writing project I have tackled since this disease has taken over my life, and I’m proud of myself for completing it.

These are bad/pseudo haiku, only following the 5/7/5 syllable rule. The rest of the haiku rules were thrown out the window because to me that is what migraines have done to my life.

I really wanted to capture what it’s like having migraines and how it impacts so many areas of your life, including the full range of emotions. I also took the photos for the front cover (above) and back cover (below).

So if you're interested, check out Migraine Chick CafePress.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Migraine Haiku Collage

I tried to find some vintage collage materials at an huge antique mall over the weekend, but I came up empty handed, so I came up with the idea of a haiku collage, where I use a collage made from magazine clippings to illustrate one of my migraine haikus. I've still been working on my migraine haiku book idea and it's finally starting to look like I'm going to be able to put it together.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Honey Addict!

Sometimes, I’m sure that my migraines are changing me for the worse. Since I’ve been relying on chamomile tea to get me through rough days, I’ve become a severe honey addict.

I’ve discovered local Michigan honeys are beyond yummy and I’ve been buying them every chance I get, like when I go to street fairs or cider mills or farmer’s markets. I keep telling myself I need to stock up for winter because they are hard to find during the cold months, but I looked in my cupboard the other day and I realized I have a problem.

Look at how much freaking honey I have! I don’t even bother with honey bears. I go straight for the jars. I should have enough to last me for the winter, plus some. I guess the only good thing is that it never spoils.

Is there something that you are addicted to because of your migraines?

Friday, October 10, 2008

Stressed Out Week

I've been having a bad week at work. First, I learned my employer is changing our health insurance next year to a Health Savings Account. They had a seminar about how good it is supposed to be, but I've learned that the more they try to convince you that it's a good thing, the worse it is going to be. It looks like if you only have to go to the doctor a couple times a year, it won't be a big deal, but if you have a chronic illness with lots of drugs, you are basically screwed.

On top of this, they moved my desk across the floor, so now I have to get used to a whole new group of people.

Plus, I'm traumatized by Holly Madison breaking up with Hugh Hefner.

And my head is killing me because Aunt Martha is late for her visit again, the bitch, and my hormones are going nuts! So I made this new collage to express my mood this week!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Too Many Migraines

Here is a new collage. I was trying to capture the different personalities of migraines all within the same head.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Worry Dolls??

I rented a really bad horror movie during the weekend. It was called "Dangerous Worry Dolls" and the plot sounded intriguing. It was a woman in prison movie with a twist. The lead character is a young women in trouble, who is trying to turn her life around, and she is a nervous wreck. During a visitation, her daughter gives her some Guatemalan Worry Dolls to comfort her.

"Children of Guatemala believe if you tell one worry to each doll when you go to bed at night, when you get up in the morning, your worries will be gone."

Well, the woman tells the dolls her worries(she has a lot of them from the warden to the guards to a girl gang tormenting her), puts them under her pillow, but they don't comfort her. One of them ends up crawling into her head through her ear and possesses her. Then the evil revenge mayhem begins!

The plot was a mess! The acting was bad! The continuity was abysmal! So why did I keep watching it. Because I could really identify with the main character. The worry doll was giving her a great deal of pain in her head, and it was starting to make me wonder whatever happened to my Guatemalan Worry Dolls. I used to have some really little ones glued to a barrette a while back and I have no idea where they are.

Are they in my head????

Thursday, October 2, 2008

New Migraine Mascot!

I think I may have found an even better migraine mascot doll besides Barbie and Dawn. She is called Blythe. Look at the size of her cranium. That has got to be a migraine brain for sure. Plus, her eyes are super expressive. The only bad thing is that she is expensive. On Ebay, she is going from $100.00 and up! So I will just have to make due with collecting pictures of her for now. Maybe I can find a cheap one at a flea market some day.

This picture is from dolli*fever on Flickr.