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 »