Friday, June 8, 2012

Ode to Migraines

The Cluster Headache by JD Fletcher
This image, along with more "migraine art" appeared on the blog "She Walks Softly" today. I love this blog because the author, Dana, routinely publishes wonderfully weird curiosities.

Thanks to this image, the next time that I have a migraine, and someone asks me how I feel, I am going to say, "I feel like the devil thrust his hand into my eyeball and is trying to tear my eye out of its socket, but other than that things are good :) "

Fortunately I don't get migraines very often anymore. I get tons of headaches, but not migraines. The only thing I can really credit it to is the fact that I cut back on gluten several years ago. I'm not perfect with it, but it is no longer a routine part of my diet. Or maybe it is just the fact that I am learning to let go of things a little bit as I age.

Up until a couple of years ago I had a migraine every month or so pretty much from childhood. In elementary school I was considered an expert at vomiting.

I vomited on the school bus. I vomited in my teacher's trash can when she refused to let me go to the nurse's office because she thought I was "faking it." I vomited every time I ate a nitrate-filled hot dog in the cafeteria. And I vomited in my dad's new pick up truck. Of all the things I've done over the years, throwing up in my dad's truck is the one thing he can't let go.

He never had a migraine. If he had, he would have been more understanding.


  1. That's right, he would have understood. I'm sorry he didn't get over it! That's a drag. Migraines are misunderstood for sure. I had them every month since I was a little kid, too, so I understand. Getting past "womanhood" into old age has helped a lot. :) I can't count how many times we had to drive to the ER to get me a Demerol shot and put me out for a while, with me hanging out the car door at various intervals along the way... sigh. Hang in there, I'm glad the reduced gluten seems to have helped a bit.

  2. I've heard that there are a few benefits to menopause :) I look forward to this one!


Ooh,a comment! How delightful.


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