• Be Well,  Migraine

    My Pain and God’s Presence

    I was going through a particular painful migraine last week. I’m talking pain that I have not experienced in recent memory. It’s hard, and exhausting, and very lonely. I’m a very emotional person. I feel my emotions and other people’s emotions very strongly. The emotions I’ve experienced over the last week have been sadness, anger, helplessness, frustration, love, relief, joy, and happiness. Over and over again, like riding an endless roller coaster. As strongly as I feel emotions, when I feel the need to cry, for tears, it doesn’t always happen. I suspect this is a result of the medication I have taken for my depression and anxiety for the…

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    Mental Health,  Migraine,  Self Care

    Going Home with Love and Anxiety

    For the next week I will be visiting Northeastern Pennsylvania, where both Ryan and I call home, and handling my anxiety the best I can. Yesterday we loaded the truck with Christmas presents and the cat and headed east. It was an easy trip where Popeye and I slept most of the journey. We have been planning the trip for awhile so over the last few weeks I have been preparing myself both for the travel and being away from our apartment for a week. Both cause a lot of anxiety for me. Love I love going “home.” I grew up in beautiful rural Pennsylvania, along the Susquehanna River. Ryan…

  • Migraine,  Self Care

    Migraine Day 22

    Anne Lamott has some advice about writing: “Butt in chair.” That’s what I’ve been thinking about the last few days as it has been a considerable amount of time since I have written anything. So I’m putting my butt in chair this evening, if only metaphorically, so I can share some of my thoughts with you. I’m reclined in bed on my gray fuzzy pillow that we bought at Aldi’s of all places. I am also hoping that the cat won’t realize I have the laptop out and come investigate. I’ve had a migraine for 22 days. This is not the longest I’ve experienced, but it has been some of…

  • Migraine

    Recovery After Migraine

    I am coming off of a 10 day migraine and I was not sure what I wanted to write about today. Recovery is it’s own stage of a migraine attack. After hours or days of intense pain life can’t always go right back to business as usual. 10 Days Here is a quick summary of my last 10 days. My migraine started a fairly low pain level on Saturday the 10th. I gave it a 4 in my Migraine Buddy report. But by Monday the 12th it had gone up to an 8, which is really the highest level I’ve ever experienced. I was also extremely light and sound sensitive,…

  • Migraine

    Migraine Triggers

    A migraine attack can come on so fast, leaving us not only in pain, but also missing work, social activities, and time with our family. One of the aspects of living with migraine is learning and avoiding the things that may trigger our migraine. Being aware of our triggers is helpful for a person who suffers from migraine, but also for those who know or care for people with migraine What is a migraine trigger? What is a migraine trigger? It can be any number of things that either by itself or along with something else can induce a migraine attack. This can be hormonal changes, weather instability, food and…