Why you should always tip your barista

Why you should always tip your barista

Coffee is one of those things you’re not supposed to drink if you get migraines. But YOLO, or something. In the library where I work, there’s a coffee shop right across from the customer services desk. This means my days are filled mostly with the smell of books and the sounds of a coffee grinder, … Continue reading »

Where I’ve been (Hint: Not in a good place)

I’ve been struggling. My migraines are terrible, my insurance has denied coverage for a medication that would probably make me feel better, and I’ve lost the ability to make decisions. For awhile, I thought I was going to shutter this blog entirely, but I’m reluctant to let it go. Sometimes writing about migraine disease is … Continue reading »

Cleaning out the closet

Cleaning out the closet

My closet is long overdue for a ruthless gutting. I mean the kind of cleaning out that leaves no article of clothing not tried on, judged, and sentenced. I went through it the other day, looking to get rid of the things I never wear anymore, feeling that maybe if I could simplify my wardrobe … Continue reading »

The migraine treatment roller coaster ride

The migraine treatment roller coaster ride

When I tapered off of Neurontin/gabapentin a few months ago, my migraines destabilized despite the Topamax/topiramate and Pamelor/nortriptyline I was also taking (try saying that three times fast). To compensate, my doctor raised the topiramate, but my body rejected it. This left me feeling desperate, exhausted, and frustrated. Another treatment plan down the drain. All … Continue reading »

When insurance companies play doctor

A few months ago, I received a piece of mail from my insurance company advertising their “Health Coaches.” For no extra charge, the letter informed me, a certified RN would help me cope with my… depression? Wait, I thought, when the hell was I diagnosed with depression? Have my migraines gotten so bad that I’m … Continue reading »