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22 May 2012 @ 08:42 pm
Hospitals smell gross: Like fear, lysol and pee.  
It was an eventful morning, sort of.

First, I awoke at two in the morning.

Sidenote: One should never awake at two in the morning. If you see 2 a.m., it should be because you've stayed up that late drinking/carousing/making bad decisions. Waking up at that hour never bodes well. Ever.

So I woke up because I had a headache. When I say the word 'headache,' here, what I really mean is that there was a throbbing in my head that made me want to drill a hole in my temple to let out the pressure of whatever the hell was causing the pain. I had a mild headache when I went to bed, but didn't think much of it. But at two, it had morphed into a living, evil entity, bent on the destruction of my Tuesday.

I took Tylenol, which, for me, is sort of like sticking a band-aid on a sucking chest wound. I drifited in and out of sleep, having all sorts of disturbing dreams (one involving my involvement in a cheesy 80's music video) until 6, when Nolan gave me more Tylenol.

The boys dressed, packed their lunches, brushed and flossed and fed themselves breakfast. It's mornings like this when I praise God that I've raised such independent, resposible kids. (I did have to get up and rescue Ethan who was trapped under the garage door - but that's an interesting story for another day.) They left for school, and I began the phase of headachey-ness that involves me on the bathroom floor revisiting last night's goat cheese pizza.

It was unpleasant, to say the very least.

In any case, I finally couldn't stand the pain and called Nolan to drive me to the Emergency Room. He's a great guy in crisis time; I'm so glad I'm married to him. He anticipated my needs, was kind and attentive and bulldogged the hospital staff until they made the pain go away. And they did, mostly. I never actually opened my eyes that I remember, the nurse and doctor were all just voices and footsteps. I got 2 shots (freaking OUCH), 3 prescriptions and a CAT scan that came back negative. I'm assuming that meant that I don't have a tumor or a brain bleed, not that I do not in fact, have a brain.

Though sometimes I wonder...

Anyway, if the pain was a 9 this morning, it's a 2 now. And even though I slept for most of the afternoon, I'm giving up for the night. I'm going to take some more of those glorious meds that the doctor prescribed, and pray with all my might that when I awake, it will NOT be two in the morning, I will NOT have a blinding pain in my head, and the chicken noodle soup I had for dinner will not make a reappearance.

Here's hoping, y'all. Night.
I am:: bed
I feel:: tiredtired
I hear:: Big Bang Theory
Lauradream_mancer on May 23rd, 2012 01:54 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's not a headache. That's a migraine. Welcome to our wonderful fan club. I feel you on the injections. I got them so much I now have stores and give them to myself.

Relpax is the medication from GOD. One pill knocks me out for 10 hours and I wake up almost relatively migraine free. If they give you Topomax, which is actually an anti-seizure medication that is often prescribed for migraines, don't take it. The side-effects are horrible and they never brought relief. I know seven--SEVEN--people who were on this medication and the side effects weren't ever worth it. Imitrex is also pretty good.

Sorry you had one. :( They suck. A lot.
Carrie Leigh: default icon and its majestycarrie_leigh on May 23rd, 2012 12:51 pm (UTC)
I had migraines from the time I was ten until 2006. Then they stopped. I thought God had taken that particular burden from me, until yesterday.

My mom takes topomax, and she doesn't have good things to say, let me tell you.

I used to take Imitrex, and I would have given my left arm for an injection or a nose spray yesterday. I'm calling the doctor today and getting an emergency stash of meds ASAP. I don't want to be caught like that, again.
Lauradream_mancer on May 23rd, 2012 02:14 pm (UTC)
I know how you feel. It's awesome being migraine free until you get one out of the blue. Do you have triggers or things you have to stay away from?

Topomax ruined--RUINED--my life. I went from having -3.25/-3.00 eyesight to being half a step away from legally blind (side effect: loss of eyesight), my weight yoyo'd, my memory retention declined that I was evaluated to that of an 8 year old. Also, I had more seizures on that medication than off. DOWN WITH TOPOMAX.

Imitrex pills do nothing for me, but the injections are wonderful. I keep two on hand. They hurt and make me loopy, but it works!

Migraines suck. A lot.
Elle Blessingwayelle_blessing on May 23rd, 2012 01:56 am (UTC)
You poor thing. *SNUGS* I'm glad you're feeling better.

(And you're right. 2AM should only be seen as the result of fun, bad choices.)

(Also, we watched the BBT for a little while tonight, too :D)

Hope tomorrow brings good hump day things! :*
Carrie Leigh: Mad Ninja Skillzcarrie_leigh on May 23rd, 2012 01:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks, sister!
(Anonymous) on May 23rd, 2012 02:24 am (UTC)
It is always interesting to keep up With you but sorry to hear of so much pain. I am trying to sort out living all my life in TX and transition & downsize into 1000 sq ft apt at Greg & Melody's place. Set up my office and learn a new city!!!at my age Love your blog!
Carrie Leigh: carrie stitched flowerscarrie_leigh on May 23rd, 2012 12:52 pm (UTC)
I bet your adventure in a new city will be fun!

Love you, too!
Sylviaticklethepear on May 23rd, 2012 02:33 am (UTC)
Jessica K Malfoyjessicakmalfoy on May 23rd, 2012 03:07 am (UTC)
girl i hope you feel better ASAP & they don't come back!

however, i did literally LOL at the garage door statement...
Carrie Leigh: redshoes on bookstackcarrie_leigh on May 23rd, 2012 12:59 pm (UTC)
If my head hadn't been about to explode, I would've laughed, too.
seegrim: daisyseegrim on May 23rd, 2012 03:10 am (UTC)
Oh, Carrie. I'm so sorry. I'm glad you found some relief, but sorry you had to go through the pain. :(

Can't wait to hear about the garage door story when you're feeling up to it.
Carrie Leigh: Ethan=Little Dracocarrie_leigh on May 23rd, 2012 12:58 pm (UTC)
Those kids. They do dumbass things like that, and then I woke up to Ethan doing a load of laundry this morning. It all balances out, I guess.
Jandy the Gnome Whisperer: Headachejandjsalmon on May 23rd, 2012 03:23 am (UTC)
Oh my gosh! I'm glad you have understanding boys around you. And I'm glad you were able to find some relief. Migraines blow. *hugs you softly*
Carrie Leigh: i got lostcarrie_leigh on May 23rd, 2012 12:56 pm (UTC)
They do, in fact, blow.

Thanks for the hug. :)
slitherhitherslitherhither on May 23rd, 2012 05:22 am (UTC)
Uggh. That sounds sooooo awful, and yes: that's a migraine. I've been to the ER for migraines, and endured others at home, and can I just say: THANK GOD for modern medications--I think I would've amputated my head otherwise, seriously. I hope you never ever get one again [unfortunately that's unlikely], and also I'm very glad to hear it wasn't a brain bleed. In my experience you can learn to recognize the warning signs of migraines and head them off. (OMG that was a terrible pun.) *hugs*

Edited at 2012-05-23 05:23 am (UTC)
Carrie Leigh: I read heavilycarrie_leigh on May 23rd, 2012 12:56 pm (UTC)
I hadn't had a headache like that in forever... probably six years? I was wholly unprepared.

I will not be caught unawares again.
Mala: Pipa13oct on May 23rd, 2012 11:50 am (UTC)
As everyone below said, what you described is a migraine. When I get them, I want to blow my brains out at times. I finally figured out what helps me after a great deal of trial and error. And asking people around the world on what helps them.

To begin with, caffeine helps. I know it sounds odd, because the last thing that you feel like doing is drinking coffee, but it helps. Than anything cold helps. Try putting a damp hand towel in the freezer for a while and then putting that on the nape of your neck. And lastly, an ever odder suggestion. Some um... self loving helps. Even if getting off when you are in excruciating pain is the last thing that comes to mind. As odd as it sounds, it works.

Hope one or hell all the above helps you. *hugs*
Carrie Leigh: Awkward Luke and Darthcarrie_leigh on May 23rd, 2012 12:54 pm (UTC)
You crack me up. I've often used the first two, but the third never occurred to me!
Mala13oct on May 23rd, 2012 02:04 pm (UTC)
The first time this girl from Brazil told me to try this, I asked her if she had lost her marbles. LOL but when I was in enough of pain to actually try it, I was at the stage where I would have tired just about anything. And you know what? It worked. LOL!!
slitherhitherslitherhither on May 24th, 2012 03:25 am (UTC)
OMG I am so trying this next time I feel migrainey! Hee hee.
Mala13oct on May 24th, 2012 09:18 am (UTC)
;) Let me know how that one goes. heee!
O Demanding One: Spr/Sum: Beauty At The Beachheyurs on May 23rd, 2012 12:23 pm (UTC)

Hope you're doing much better this morning, and NO repeats. *hugs*

Bless Nolan. :)

Carrie Leigh: Love is blind marriage is the eye openercarrie_leigh on May 23rd, 2012 12:54 pm (UTC)
Nolan was really, really awesome. I'm blessed to have him, for sure.
Ayla: NCIS - Puff - Loveabitofayla on May 23rd, 2012 04:27 pm (UTC)
I have those headaches all the time. I start out in the "Oh... it'll go away with sleep..." and then it turns into "I'm too tired to get up for Excedrin, it's not THAT bad" and soon enough it's "O.M.G. I will not move again." And then the nausea kicks in and I feel like dying and somehow make it to the bathroom and usually fall asleep in the bathroom after. It's not fun. Every other week.

Honestly, if that's what a hangover feels like, I'm never getting drunk.

I've gone to the ER with mine, and basically they can't do a thing for me. They've given me some normally good drugs, but it does nothing for me.

I so hope you get to feeling better ♥ Even at your worst, your boys prove what a good mom you are.