A seat in the classroom

A seat in the classroom

The stars have aligned in such a way that it makes sense for me to go back to grad school to earn a second master’s degree, this time in library science. I will be working full-time while I take classes part-time. I had trouble getting through grad school round one working part-time and taking classes … Continue reading »

Guilt, blame, and whose fault is it, anyway?

After a three-month stretch of miserable, awful migraines that required multiple rounds of steroids and several sick days, my migraine specialist suggested we add a fourth preventative to my regimen of medications. “Now you really need to focus on lifestyle things, because you’re going to be on four preventatives and you’re not where you want … Continue reading »

“You’re too sick.”

Over the past two months I’ve been experiencing a major migraine flare up. It’s funny (not really) how much worse the bad times feel to me now that I’m getting a fair amount of (almost) no migraine time. I feel out of sync with my job, my personal life, my responsibilities as a writer and … Continue reading »

Self-imposed stress

Hello there! I haven’t seen you in awhile. How have you been? Me? I’ve been taking on more and more responsibility at work, writing my butt off, and trying to balance everything without giving myself a stress-induced migraine every day. I’ve only been partially successful on the balance bit, and mostly unsuccessful in the migraine … Continue reading »

Missing a beat (or ten)

It’s hard to take multiple medications multiple times daily without screwing it up somewhere. During the last days of my previous job, I kept forgetting to take my lunch-time meds. Recently, I left my prescriptions in the car and missed three days of one of my morning medications. Missing even one dose screws me up … Continue reading »

A frantic summer

In my experience, summer and the winter holiday season are always hectic, even if you don’t have specific plans. Everyone around you has specific plans—family gatherings, vacations, kid stuff, etc.—and the frantic activity from their lives bleeds into yours. I’m totally in that summer frantic place, because 1.) I got a promotion at work and … Continue reading »

Migraines and handwashing

I had to pee, so I stopped in the bathroom next to the coffee shop—the bathroom I knew stocked strongly perfumed soap. After I did my business, I breezed by a woman washing her hands. “No handwashing?!” she said in a chiding tone. I didn’t stop. “Nope!” Sure. I could have explained the reason I … Continue reading »