Miss Migraine, MFA; or, Now what?

Miss Migraine, MFA; or, Now what?

Earning my master of fine arts in creative writing didn’t go the way I envisioned. I didn’t graduate when I planned, I didn’t take all the classes I wanted to, and I didn’t study with all the professors I’d hoped to. My constant migraines upended many of my plans, but there were other factors: my … Continue reading »

A Few Ways Out of the Dark

As soon as I make it through one week, another week starts. The things I haven’t done pile up, like dog fur dust bunnies in the corners of my kitchen. I want to tell the world to STOP, please just stop for an hour, a day, so I can rest, sleep, watch stupid television and … Continue reading »

Miss Migraine Returns, But Without Promises

Miss Migraine Returns, But Without Promises

Hello. I’ve been gone longer than I thought I would be. Almost six months. Now isn’t the time to come back. I’m in the middle of my final semester of graduate school, and my coursework and thesis should demand all  my attention right now. But I’ve been thinking about migraine and how it’s been affecting … Continue reading »

A break

I’m taking a break. My migraines seem to be getting worse and worse, and keeping up with this blog is too much right now. I’d rather spend my migraine-free time writing fiction or hiking or just reading a good book than writing about my migraines, you know? I hope to come back soon-ish, once things … Continue reading »

Down, Down, Down

The spring semester is over, and right now I’m more or less free of obligations except for work and the usual household chores. It was a hell of a semester, with nearly constant high-level pain and two family emergencies. But I don’t feel any better. I still feel unfocused, unmotivated, restless. All I want to … Continue reading »

Checking In

I’m afraid to say anything, because I don’t want to jinx it, but last week my migraine pain was so low I hardly noticed it. I’m starting to think that Neurontin (gabapentin) might be working for me. I began a higher dose on March 1, and every day I wake up expecting excruciating pain but … Continue reading »

February 2013 Headache and Migraine Blog Carnival!

The February 2013 edition of the Headache and Migraine Blog Carnival is posted at Diana Lee’s wonderfully informative blog, Somebody Heal Me. This month’s theme is Migraine Pet Peeves: What do people say about migraine disease or other headache disorders that annoys or angers you? This is a great theme, because all migraine sufferers and … Continue reading »

“Can’t They Do Something?”

“Can’t They Do Something?”

This post is my entry for the February 2013 Headache and Migraine Carnival. This month’s topic is “Migraine Pet Peeves: What do people say about migraine disease or other headache disorders that annoys or angers you?“ Every person who spends enough time around me knows I have chronic migraines. When I mention my latest bad … Continue reading »

Cycle Breakers, or Things I Share With My Dad

When someone says “steroids,” I think of my dad. No, my dad is not a baseball player or other kind of athlete who uses steroids illegally to improve his performance. He’s an asthmatic who takes frequent courses of prednisone to keep his airways open. My dad takes “pred” frequently enough that my family has stopped … Continue reading »