Wednesday, June 05, 2013

What a grim little afternoon

It's really really weird when, while in the middle of doing something normal, like getting your lunch at the company cafeteria, it becomes abruptly clear that what you're seeing is, well, not much.

And when it feels like you're not in control of ambulating and do it though sheer force of will, that's weird too.

Welcome to yet another in a series of migraine auras, brought to you by my brain.

Today's variety took a bit longer to resolve than normal, and even with 400 mg ibuprofen and 4 hours of recovery time, the headache (which I don't normally get) still lingers.

However, I'll take slight headache over the 'when I look at myself in the mirror I can't see my left eye' sensation.  Thank God the aura is temporary, it's some small comfort while waiting out the wash of neurotransmitters and mystery chemicals that, for a half an hour, remind me that I'm really not the one in control.  This consciousness is a fragile thing!


Rather like this.
In other news, there's an onion flower on our kitchen windowsill.  It looks like a firework, exploding slowly into a big white puffy ball of individual blooms.  So pretty.  This one stalk has been in the blooming process for a couple of weeks now, so it's a good long show.

No, it doesn't really take much to amuse me.

And such a good deal - free from the grocery store (because I let an onion grow, undiscovered in the back of the pantry, for who-knows-how-long). 


This is for all my lapsed bloggy buddies - a birthday request (as it was my birthday a few days ago and I didn't ask for anything from you, which really ought to change): write a post, then put a link to it in the comments here.

I 'made the rounds' of blogs today, and must say I'm largely disappointed in your output.  What is this new trend of not posting for days and weeks and MONTHS at a time?  That can hardly be considered to be 'blogging'!  Bring back my breaktime amusement!!  I LONG for your stories and am utterly saddened by the penuriousness with which you dole out the gold that are your witticisms, insights, secrets, and recipes.  Crack open your brainpan and let a heaping helping fall onto the page for us to drool over, won't you?

 Also, if you've recently made your blog by invitation only, please consider adding me in as an invited reader.  I can keep a secret and will comment.  Because that is what it's all about, eh?  I look forward to reading what you WILL BE WRITING.

Hope y'all are keeping well and enjoying the longer days of June - Tiff out.

[PS - another gigantor helicopter just flew overhead - is there an invasion on that I wasn't aware of??]


kenju said...

If you can't see out of your left eye, it may be more than migraine aura. TIAs or transient ischemic attacks happen that way too. Be careful and get that seen about!

You must not have checked my blog.

tiff said...

Not yet! :)

About the vision thing - I can see out of them, but the central vision (typically) goes, so whatever it is I'm looking at doesn't register in the brain.

I gave myself the stroke test, and checked out fine with that. I'll be sure to mention it to my doc when I see her in a couple of weeks. The list just gets longer and longer!

rennratt said...

Oh, YUCK. Did the loss of central vision give you a massive case of vertigo?

If not, no worries. I am currently nauseous on your behalf.

tiff said...

Renn - yes. Again, thank God it doesn't last.

oldfriend said...

When you see the doc, you might want to consider some Imitrex or such like. I was hesitant for years to take the meds but it is much better than living with the migraine.

The trick is to figure out your pre-symptom symptoms. Mine have been morphing here somewhat (damn hormones) so now I get extremely cold about 12 hours before the event. For some people they get clumsy a few hours before. My other pre-symptom is waking up and thinking "I think I'm going to have a migraine" even before the pain begins. It's just a "feeling" I have. So now when I see the pre-symptoms, at the first sign of pain I take the Imitrex. I used to wait to validate the sucker to make sure it was really going to be bad, but now I just take it. I just got irritated at the hours wasted feeling so BAD.

Hope yours is gone now, completely.

toolprincess said...

I haven't had a migraine in a while- knock on wood. I've been taking magnesium regularly not sure if its helping but it certainly isn't hurting. I tried Imitrex but it made my face tingle and get numb and was almost as distracting/debilitating as the migraine. Now I've got some old fashioned meds that knock me out. I don't get much aura but I ave light sensitivity really bad and can't hang with the ubiquitous corporate fluorescents.

Middle Girl said...

Bummer all to heck about the pain.

I hope to have my head back in the place where I can write more than once every (other?) week. I hope to have the folks who visit say, "hey, howya doin'"

In the meantime, I enjoy those who write. Keep on writing.


tiff said...

Ah, Oldfriend - I am such a mix of confusing medical symptoms that me and Imitrex will NOT mix.

I too get the 'this is not a RIGHT day' feeling and was not surprised at all today when the aura hit. So far, I've been blessed with good work managers and mild symptoms, so as soon as I can drive I go home, take a couple of ibuprofen, then SIT in a quiet room doing nothing much for as long as it takes for it to subside.

As for writing, I'm trying. Need to open up that spigot again.

LL said...

I would type up a post... but then you might just leave me a comment where you don't really comment...

And where would that leave us? ;P

Go to your local Chiro Tiffy... when that kinda thing happens to me it means my firs two neck vertebrae are out and pressing against me ol' brainstem causing it to do weird things... click the ol' atlas and axis bones back into place and... voila!

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