Last night something happened that has not happened in a really long time. I got kicked in the head by a migraine and it totally took me out. Typically there’s something that triggers a headache. Last time I recall was in August and it was the night before the total solar eclipse and a terrible smell in our hotel room hit me like a ton of bricks. It’s most commonly some smell, like that, or cigarette smoke. Sometimes it’s stress, I think, but if I already have a headache, even a minor one, it’s more likely to evolve into a migraine when my emotions are in some heightened state.
That must have been what happened last night. Since starting the Whole 30 I have not been drinking any coffee. As it turns out, I hate coffee. What I really like is cream and sugar and coffee is just the pairing I’ve been using to get those other things into my system. I know I am prone to caffeine withdrawal, so I have been giving myself a regulated dose of caffeine each day, normally before my morning workout. Yesterday I didn’t have a morning workout and being off my routine (still), I forgot.
By the time 6PM rolled around, I started to feel a slight twinge in my right temple and as I went about my business making dinner and doing other random things in the kitchen, it slowly got worse. I realized then I had not had any caffeine that day and was planning on going to the gym to get some steps after all the chores were done so I had one then. I’ve also been taking cir cumin daily as a natural anti-anflamitory and I had one of those too.
At the gym my headache subsided a bit and I did some cardio and some walking and writing. When I got home, I went to settle into a spot with one of my new books and the headache came back, only worse. I took another cir cumin and an aspirin. I’ve been trying to stay away from OTC Tylenol or ibuprofen and so I abstained from both of those. Five or ten pages more of Robert Creeley and I knew it wasn’t going away without a fight. That’s when I decided to concede.
The key indicators of a full blown migraine are nausea and sensitivity to light, sound, and movement. Several years back, I was prescribed promethazine to counteract the nausea and the side effect of that is serious drowsiness. Well, that’s kind of an understatement. That stuff hits me hard. One pill and I sleep like a baby for hours and hours. Not a bad side effect, but it also leaves me not being able to get up and function in the AM. So I try not to take it if I don’t have to. Last night I did.
I told the kids to be responsible and that I was going to be down for the count and then I went to bed. Your head pounding to the point you are worried something inside could burst and you are going to die is not an easy tune to fall asleep to. I laid there suffering until the meds took hold and put me under.
Eleven hours later, I got up. I felt so exhausted and could have stayed in bed longer, but it was already 9:30 and there were things to do. I took my circumin and caffeine right away to try and wake up.
This situation used to be way more common that it is now. I can remember a time when I had migraines several times a month and that was just miserable. Its like your whole world comes to a halt and no matter what you have planned, there is nothing you can do about it. I know there are people who suffer from them frequently and I honestly don’t know how they function. It’s a very powerless feeling.
In any case, I’m finally getting started with some productive things this morning (which is now almost noon), and I’ve got to get my son to a doctors appointment this afternoon and both the kids are still sleeping. I think without my guidance last night, they both stayed awake way longer than they should have. It’s a good thing today there was no school today due to it being MLK Jr. day.