Thursday, July 30, 2009

Migraine Moods



I took this photo recently at The Kerrytown Farmer's Market in Ann Arbor. I really like the rain in the foreground and the track lighting next to her reminds me of a migraine aura.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Words and Botox

I'm still having a problem with reading and writing. I look at the words in a book and I hope this doesn't sound insane, but the words seem to flatten out and they slide off the page. I haven't been writing much at all either, so instead I've been concentrating on collages, doodling and photography. Writing a migraine haiku seem like a huge accomplishment to me right now.

I feel bad that I haven't been writing long, flowing posts in my blog, but I figure that since my blog is supposed to be a documentation of the consequent craziness that has invaded my life with having a full time migraine, these new developments should be reflected here.

Also, I'm thinking about going for another round of Botox shots for migraine, with more injection sites and more units. I must be a sucker for punishment. My neurologist wants to rule out that I'm a non-responder before we try another treatment. He says that some people respond to the second round and not the first. If I don't respond this time, he will not continue the Botox and we will move on.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Migraine Aura Club-What Do You See?



This is a set of twinchies that I made. I doodled the backgrounds, cut the girls from vintage mags and labeled them. This isn't an aura club just for black lines aura. I know a lot of people see colors and stars, etc...but I was trying to incorporate my doodling into a collage.

So what kind of aura do you see? I tend to be a squiggles kind of girl.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Migraine Marie Antoinette



Here is another doll that I found at The Shipshewana Flea Market. This picture really reflects how I feel about my head sometimes when I'm wishing for a guillotine!

Friday, July 17, 2009

New Migraine Barbies



During the week, I took a couple days off work to go to Shipshewana, Indiana. There is a huge flea market there, along with a big antique auction, as well as an Amish Community.

My migraine monster pretty much was maintaining a medium level of pain until I actually went into the auction where there were several auction rings going on at the same time. Talk about pandemonium. The noise was deafening, sending my migraine brain into overdrive. Still, I stuck it out long enough to bid on some vintage photos which I won.

At the flea market, I found these Barbies for sale. I thought the three Barbies in the middle all looked like they were definately having a bad migraine day.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Another Pain Distraction



Since I've been having so many problems reading lately, I've been focusing more on learning how to doodle, collage, and keep an art journal, etc and I came across this book called Wreck This Journal.

"This book was created for anyone who has ever had trouble starting/keeping or finishing a journal/sketchbook. By forcing ourselves to wreck it on purpose, the “journal as an object” loses it’s preciousness, and allows us the feeling of completion."

The great thing about this book is that it's a great pain distraction for me and I'm getting to take out some of migraine angst on it as well. You don't need any art experience to start wrecking it either.

Check out the Flickr Group How to Wreck a Journal to see what people are doing with this book.

I wish we had our own book called "Wreck This Migraine."

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Migraine Haiku Comic



I am having a huge problem with reading right now. I think my migraines are burning up all my brain cells that read and write.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Living in Migraine World



I took this photograph while I was making some contact paper transfers for a collage. You stick the image on some clear contact paper, use water to dissolve the paper off, and the image stays stuck on the contact paper. These girls were floating in the water and I liked the way the lights reflected off them. The image really looked like a migraine to me.