Sunday, December 22, 2013

Migraine Zendoodle

I drew this the other night at 2 a.m. when I was having migraine related insomnia. My head was pounding and my ears were ringing really loud and I had already tried all my insomnia tricks. Nothing was working. I only got two hours of sleep. I drew it in ink and then I shaded it with a pencil.

Friday, November 15, 2013


I've really been using doodling lately to manage my migraine pain along with a bad sciatica flair up. I decided to give zentangles another go in an effort to work on my inking skills. This is a round one that I did with sharpies on typing paper.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Migraine Doodle Dog

I drew this little whacky dog during a pain flair up during work one day. I found him hiding out in one of my notebooks and he said he was finally ready to go public.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

paranoia penny

Paranoia Penny is my latest migraine monster. I don't know about anyone else, but sometimes when I'm having a bad pain flair up it comes with a dose of paranoia. I think it's because I can't think straight with so much pain.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Hot Hair Dryer Head

I saw one of these vintage hair dryers at The Sloan Museum in Flint, and I realized that it's exactly how my head feels sometimes during a migraine, like my head is being blasted by heat!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Migraine Moods

I haven't take a Migraine Moods photo in a while, but I couldn't resist this downtown Ann Arbor window at a vintage store.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Mr. Wiggles

This is my first sleep apnea/migraine monster. His name is Mr. Wiggles and he likes to stick his feet inside your nose during the night, looking for treats. While doing so, he cuts off your air flow intermittantly, which gives you a horrible migraine in the morning.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Bee Hive Head Girl

Sometimes my migraines make me feel like I have an angry beehive on my head so I came up with Bee Hive Head Girl. I tried to make her cute, but I think she turned out a little creepy.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

"My Head is on Fire"

I decided to draw another version of my flaming marshmallow head guy. My head frequently feels like it is on fire with my migraines.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Unhappy Kawaii Animals

I drew these little unhappy Kawaii animals while having a bad pain flair up during work.

Friday, June 14, 2013


My latest migraine monster is called "Aura-Gami" He is the one who generates migraine aura by vibrating the little balls together on the ends of his hair and the friction sends waves into your brain!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

I hate Cottonwood!

Yesterday, I went to a graduation party in a lovely park, but the grass was covered with the most cottonwood that I've ever seen. It was in clumps everywhere, and it drove my allergies crazy. I've been having the worst allergies this spring. I still haven't been able to use my cpap machine which is making my migraine brain angrier by the day! Just looking at this picture makes my eyes feel itchy!!

Friday, May 31, 2013

Allergy Bear

My allergies have been going nuts this spring making it almost impossible to use my cpap machine for my sleep apnea which really sets off a bad migraine season, so this little monster "Allergy Bear" came to mind.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

INURFACE Migraine Monster

This might be the scariest migraine monster to date. His name is "INURFACE" and he is a creature that likes to get right in your face with a big bad migraine!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Migraine Monster "Spud"

Meet my latest Migraine Monster "Spud." He is a big fan of the coach potato and he likes to give you that horrible lack of energy during a migraine when you don't even feel like moving sometimes.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Miss May at Migraine Monolgues

I was nominated by Infinite Knot for MIGRAINEUR OF THE MONTH! Miss May at Migraine Monologues. They asked me write about my migraine drawings and included some of my drawings as well. Please check it out!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

My days of losing words by Rachael Jablo

Rachael Jablo is a fine art photographer with 5 years of chronic migraine under her belt. She is about to publish a photo book about her experience that will hopefully raise some awareness of the illness. I've had the same experience with losing words because of chronic migraine and it's one of the reasons that I started drawing.

She has a Kickstarter project in progress to help her publish her book.

"Getting the book out into the world will make us more visible. Right now, most people with chronic migraine are stuck indoors, and told to get over it because it’s “just a headache”, but it’s way more than that. This book shows my personal experience, but it’s bigger than that. It’s our experience. That’s so important to show people, and this is the first book of its kind."

Monday, May 6, 2013

Migraine Monster "Fire Ball"

Fire Ball is the Migraine Monster who likes to run around on the inside of your skull, making it feel like it's on fire during a bad migraine.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

"Mr. Ugh" Migraine Monster

I've been trying to draw my little migraine monsters with more individual personalities using the varied aspects of having a migraine. This one is called "Mr. Ugh" because he represents that nauseous ugh feeling you can get with a migraine.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Migraine Monster "SAMS"

The month of April is still roaring through my head like a beast so I've decided to call this monster "SAMS" for sleep apnea, migraine and sinus"

Monday, April 15, 2013

Migraine Girl

This is my third migraine girl made with the circles. She represents the type of migraine on the one side of the head.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

April Migraine Monster

I always have the worst time in April with my migraines, so I decided to call this migraine monster "April." She tries to swallow your entire brain whole with her voracious appetite.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

New Migraine Monster

I was drawing little migraine monsters yesterday and this little guy showed up. His name is "Pepe" and he likes to chew on the inside of your skull.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Migraine Aura Collage

Migraine Aura collage made with found images and collage transfer.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Migraine Girl

I drew myself trying to work with a migraine the other day!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

I have a Migraine!

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This is another new Migraine Girl pin. This one reflects that prickly head feeling when you have a migraine.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Migraine Girl-Fire Hair

I was so feeling like this yesterday with a burning migraine head plus a cold and some sleep exhaustion on top!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Migraine Aura Collage

I made this collage using a paper transfer method.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Migraine Girl

During a bad migraine flair up, I frequently feel like my head is on fire, so I drew some new Migraine Girls to reflect this feeling.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

New Migraine Girl

I drew her after a bad migraine when my vision was really distorted during the pain.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Migraine Hat Club

Here is another member of The Migraine Hat Club. I love altering these old vintage photos.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Migraine Monster-Voodoo Doll

During a bad pain flair up, I frequently feel like someone is sticking pins in the head of a voodoo doll, so I drew this little guy.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Working Virtual

So I've been working from home for the last three months since my employer turned my office into a virtual office. I think it has helped my migraines with the lack of flourescent lighting, the lack of noise, and no horrible smells to contend with. Also, I can control my own temperature and I'm eating better on my lunches.

It has been nice not having co-workers giving me dirty looks because I called in sick with a migraine the previous day or having a co-worker thinking that I'm sleeping on the job because I closed my eyes for a minute at my desk because of the pain in my head. I've been missing more partial days with pain flair ups than entire days so that's been helping my paycheck.

The only disadvantage is the cabin fever from being cooped up in the house all the time. I've been trying to avoid it with mental health trips to stores and restaurants before work and long walks around my neighborhood on my lunches. Still I miss the social aspect at work with the people I did like. Also, I thought this would reduce my migraines a lot more than it has.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

"in my head"

another new migraine graphic from me

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

New Migraine Sign

I've been working on some new migraine graphics. What do you think?

Friday, January 25, 2013

Drawing Away The Pain

One of my migraine pain management tools is using doodling, sketching or drawing to distract myself from the pain. I think my brain uses a different part of my brain when I'm drawing and it takes me to a different place. Lately, I've been obsessed with learning to draw old school cartoons. Here are some of my efforts.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Not Off to a Good Start

My migraines aren't off to a good start this year so far. I got the flu after the first of the year which lasted for ten days and because of the congestion and sore throat, I couldn't use my cpap mask for almost two weeks, which aggravated my sleep apnea and migraines. Now I'm trying to get back on track, but my brain has gone back to angry mode where the smallest thing is pissing it off and triggering a bad pain flair up. I really don't need this after my bout with the holiday blues and and ongoing winter duldrums.