Pain in the Head

Yesterday I had a migraine. I have only had a handful in my life, and I’ve been able to sleep them all off in less than eight hours, so I know amongst migraine sufferers, my burden is light. I still hate migraines.

It starts with nausea. I have a particularly weak stomach, so migraines aren’t the first thing I think of when I get nauseous, but it’s never a great sign.

Then the headache starts. I take something over-the-counter. It doesn’t help. Sounds become amplified, piercing. The distant whistle of the train becomes a dart, the chime of the car door ajar, a knife, the dog next door, a bullet. The cascading pings of the shower against the glazed metal of our tub make me wonder if tile is quieter, or those prefabricated tub/shower units. I consider scrapping our beloved clawfoot.

Lights induce pain so great I wince. I need immediate darkness and quiet. I get angry at my family for sharing this house. I hate to hear Kate giggle. I resent the new words of Lexi that I delighted in, was so proud of, just hours before. Then the house empties. At last, silence. Sleep comes slowly. I will wake up new.

8 responses to “Pain in the Head

  1. Praying for a quick recovery for you, and lots of dark and quiet. *huuug*

  2. I wish we were neighbors, really I do. I’d come swoop up the girlies and have them come play with my boys and R would read them Winnie the Pooh and J would make them a snack, and your house would be quiet at least for a few hours. (Though they’d probably need baths when they came home.)

  3. It is a terrible feeling, migraines. I hope you are doing better today. Thanks for my Christmas cards, I love them!

  4. I hope you are better – I get them all the time. I even pass out sometimes from the pain. I love me some Imitrex (injectible only). I was part of the study group over 13 years ago – I still love me some injectible Imitrex (and for me to use the words love and injectible in the same paragraph is seriously saying something!)

  5. I’m so sorry to hear this. Please know that I would love to have the girls over any time. I can only imagine how hard this must be!

    Merry Christmas.


  6. silivreniel

    feverfew–an herb–works wonders. i jut take one when i have a migraine and it relaxes me within moments…

  7. Are you feeling any better?

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