Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday Five: Migraines, Math, Snowflakes, and Divas

Emmy Mom

Well it is Friday and I am happy as can be! Just because it means no homework for the kids. I am also happy to play along with my bestie today with her Friday Five! 

1. If you caught my blog yesterday, you know I had a migraine for over a week. What a suck fest that was. I cursed my kids with those nasty evil things too. What a crime. I know it's not my fault, but what a curse. Enough of that nonsense!

2.  I got a body scan (by electric pulses) at the doctor's office yesterday. Through this little device they can decipher body mass, water retention, and an assortment of other basic data to give an overall look at your health. Well, as it turns out, I am pretty healthy, but my HDL cholesterol levels are low(you want those ones to be higher...the LDLs or "lethals" are the ones we want lower.) Here's the kicker I am dehydrated. What? I drink water...and *cough* pop *cough* what? Who said that?? I am not drinking enough water! My WW Leader would shake her head at me. How much water do we need??? 6-8 8 ounce glasses of water! Yep. Because I am not getting that in, my body is holding on to about 8 to 10 POUNDS of water!!! WHAT!??  Pass the water! 

3. I am in a new math class. It's an intermediate algebra class. I understand that math is a daily occurrence. We literally (correct use of literally) use math in our lives on a daily basis. However, for what point and purpose does an intermediate course in algebra do an English major? I am legitimately curious. 

4.  Do you ever have one of those days where all you do is run around and go and go? Yeah? Okay.

5.  My cat is a full tilt diva. He actually is co-owned by me and my daughter(well he owns us let's be honest cats think you are there for their benefit). When we are in the same room he struggles with his loyalty, unless he is mad at one of us, then there is no problem. He will go to the other as if to say, "See, she loves me." Diva.

A perfect example of Spencer's diva mode. He was mad at me because I got up. Kristin called him to come to her. He did. He showed me!
our fence after some strong winds and heavy rains.

I love me some Diet Coke...especially from the fountain!
My daughter got "heart-attacked" from the girls at church.
I possess the power to revoke the status of "special snowflake" from anyone acting in a way unbecoming to a snowflake! In other words, if someone is acting like a #%$hat, I will wave my wand and remove your status as a snowflake!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Down for the Count

I have chronic migraines, and anyone who suffers these nasty things can relate to how they can take you death's door. I had been fighting this particular migraine for at least 7 days. Now don't think I was down like this for all seven days, because I was not. This migraine taunted me and laughed at attempts to get rid of its unwanted company. There are levels of migraine pain for everyone, and within those levels pain are levels of functionality. Please understand I am under a doctor's care for these migraines with daily medication to keep them under control and medication for migraines when they do hit. The problem with this last week was I was out of the medication and waiting for the refill. It was on that last day that refill came when the migraine reared its ugly self. What made this one even worse was I woke up with it. That is just not fair. 

This migraine had me at that level of pain where you are either ready to die or simply prefer it. There is no real way to describe how I felt. I will say migraine pain alters your personality(especially after several days). "Many people fail to realize that migraine is a neurological disease, like epilepsy. Migraine ranks in the top 20 of the world's most disabling medical illnesses. Amazingly, over 10% of the population, including children, suffers from migraine"(source) I started getting migraines when I was around 8 years old. The fantastic thing was our doctor(at the time) recognized and new that even a child could get them. The bad news, nothing for a kid(at that time). He told my mom to have me lie down in dark room with an ice pack. I don't remember anything beyond the pain of having the migraines. 

Migraines are debilitating; not only are physically painful, they make light and sound impossible to bear. Moving is not an option, but that is not all. Migraines have the capacity to disrupt speech. The migraine sufferer has been known to speak jibberish. I have not had this happen--that would scare the life out of me and my family. What happens to me, is loss of words. I literally(correct use of literally) lost words mid speaking. I know what I am supposed to say, but I cannot say it. A word like "lunch" or "flour" is not there. There is also delayed reaction time, so driving is not wise when the migraine is bad. 

I am happy to report that as of yesterday, (Wednesday) I have been headache free. Those killer migraines, the ones that "will kill me" aren't all the time and I am so grateful for that. I have learned how to power through the ones that aren't so bad. One medicine will figure out what causes them, but the truth is everyone is wired differently and has about a thousand different triggers per person. It will be a long time before that happens. For now, it's a matter of keeping us with chronic migraines comfortable.