Friday, August 29, 2008

The Sunglasses Saga

I thought finding a floppy hat for my vacations was a trying quest, but I’ve recently found out that finding sunglasses when you are a migraine chick is even worse. All this summer, I've been trying to find a pair of sunglasses that work for me. I’m on my sixth pair right now. Every time I buy a pair something seems to be wrong with them, and I swear in the store that they seem fine at the time, but then during the following week, I learn that they aren’t dark enough or there is something pinching me over the ears or squeezing my head, and when you have migraines, all these factors seem to come into play on a bigger level.

Right now, I’m trying a pair of polarized faux DG sunglasses. They are big ones like from the sixties. With all the money, I’ve spend I just should have gone and bought expensive ones, but I think I still have the mind set from when I was in my twenties and a five dollar pair from Target would last me for years.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Migraine is like love...

Over at Strip Generator, people can leave comments on your comics like a blog. There is a wonderful artist called Dorota who does amazing things with the strip generator and she is sweet enough to leave comments on my comics. I really loved the comment she made on this strip, which falls under my "Why My Head Hurts" theme.

She said "Migraine is like love, she doesn't let think about nothing else."

Saturday, August 23, 2008

More Cancelled Plans!

Well, I was supposed to go to Cedar Point Amusement Park, which features over 60 rides including 17 roller coasters, today with some friends, but I had to bail because of the whole occipital neuralgia thing.

I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to handle any coasters or spin and puke rides with my migraines, but I thought it might be nice to hang out with my friends, eat some awesome french fries and frozen custard, ride some easy rides like the gondola(see above picture), play some carnival games, etc...but alas, I'm still feeling pretty rotten.

Instead, I've been camped out on my sofa, eating mini vanilla Oreo cookies and watching The Olympics, and trying not to have a pity party.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

A Suckfest Week!

I should have known my Monday Morning Migraine Blues were an omen of things to come. I've been dealing with an Occipital Neuralgia attack all week. I've had a couple of these episodes over the years and they are unpleasant to say the least.

Monday, August 18, 2008

More Monday Morning Migraine Blues!

I woke up this morning with blistering migraine pain and I got a serious case of the Monday Morning Migraine Blues. To me, I feel Mondays are the worst day of the week to have bad pain, cause it seems to set the tone for the week.

Which day of the week is The Worst Day to wake up in bad pain for you?

Friday, August 15, 2008

My First Chronic Illness Published Article!

My first "Tips" chronic illness type article was just published at But You Don't Look Sick. It's called Cut Down on Stress :Tips for Dealing with Phone Calls. Here is the first paragraph....

"Sometimes when you are in frequent chronic pain, you cannot avoid making those annoying phone calls to business or big corporations with large call centers, like insurance or credit card companies. After working in a call center environment for fourteen years and having daily chronic pain due to migraines, I have been on both sides of the phone."

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Chin Hair Club

Being in a cube farm environment, I’m exposed to a large number of co-workers on a daily basis. Two women across from me are obsessed with their chin hairs. They talk about them so much that I’ve named these women “The Chin Hair Club.”

They discuss their hairs all the time, fiddling with them, and tweezing them. They talk how they begin to poke out and then go back when they try to tweeze them. One woman even delves into the infections she gets from messing with them too much and they turn into zits.

I don’t have any chin hairs, but sometimes as I listen to these women, I wish the extent of my problems were only chin hairs. I find myself being envious of these Chin Hair Club members.

It's weird what migraines make you wish for, like you find yourself thinking I would happily trade my migraines for a few chin hairs. (Plus, I already have lots of tips for dealing with them after listening to these ladies.)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Migraine looks like Depression?

I was searching Glitter Graphics for a picture to fit my current mood. I've been hanging out in depression land lately, mostly due to whacked out hormones, and I came across these depressed girl pictures, which I thought looked a lot like I feel when I have a bad migraine.

Maybe it has something to do with not wanting to face the world, for whatever reasons, whether it's due to pain or heartbreak.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

So you think this hurts...

I think I'm going to add the tagline "So you think this hurts, try having a migraine everyday" to these photos. I'm not sure why I felt compelled to torture my chocolate easter bunnies and why I felt like I had to document the torture. I think they could sue me for distress if they wanted to, but alas, they ended up chopped up in a baggie for some cookies I made for friends.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Tips for Surviving a Bad Pain Day at Work

I’ve been working on a list of tips for myself to get through a bad pain day at work, which I've been especially needing this week. I already called in sick on Monday, and I want to get through the rest of the week without calling in again, but it's been rough.

Here is my list of tips so far:

1) Snack to Distract. I’ve noticed if I’m eating something, my head doesn’t hurt as much. I try to keep the calories down with low calorie snacks, and sometimes, I even just use ice chips, but if it keeps me going.

2) Keep a list of affirmations to read when my spirits are getting low and I think I might snap.

3) Partake in bribery. I tell myself that if I get through this day, I can stop for an iced caramel latte (decaf) on the way home or I tell myself that I can rent a new movie. I just need to promise myself a treat.

4) Use breaks to chill. I try to listen to soothing things on my I-pod during breaks and lunches, like self-hypnosis or guided imagery.

5) Celebrate tea. I drink lots of chamomile tea to keep myself calm.

Does anyone have any other tips that might help?

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Migraine Expressions

I received my copy of Migraine Expressions, and it's a lovely book. The artwork is breathtaking and the poems and prose are compelling. I loved the forward by Teri Robert, migraine educator and advocate. This is definitely a book that I'm going to leave on the coffee table, not only for myself, but for my friends and family.

"If you live with migraines or there is someone in your life who does, you know migraine is an often debilitating disease that can have an overwhelming physical and emotional impact. This beautiful book of outstanding migraine poetry, prose, art and photography offers comfort to migraineurs and their loved ones while also promoting awareness and understanding of migraine and the need for further research, understanding, and treatments."

Monday, August 4, 2008

Why My Head Hurts?

I've been exploring the different reasons why my head might be hurting at my Migraine Chick Comics. Here are my favorite three so far. My cat is still mad about the Blendtec Blender acusation.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Bad Migraine Haiku-The Book??

Imagine my delight when I came across a book called Zombie Haiku: Good Poetry for Your Brains by Ryan Mecum at the bookstore. I snatched it up right away and it got me thinking about trying to write my own zombie haiku.

Here are my first attempts:

Zombies don't despair
They only wander around
bugs nesting in hair.

When zombies eat us
do our teeth shoot through their guts
like freshly chewed corn.

Even though I scream
He still tries to snack on me
Damn Dirty Zombie

The zombies rush in,
where the angels fear to tread,
turning souls undead

Another thing it got me thinking about was if could I come up with enough bad haiku for a collection of migraine haiku. I figure there around 250 in Zombie Haiku, and I've only written 23 bad migraine haikus so far. In addition, would anyone even want to buy such a book? Zombies are lot more universal than migraines. The ZH book has a plot, and my haikus are basically me whining about pain. With 227 left to write, I don't know if I'll even make it to collection status.

Here are a few more that I wrote this week:

Why does pain make you
feel so freaking insecure
more doubts upon doubts

Migraines are insane
they are like pain vampires
draining life from me

Pain jacked brain cells leap
with tumultuous loud cries
drowning out my thoughts.