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My 2018 Migraine

I had one migraine in 2016, and one migraine in 2017.

Let’s just call the migraine I got this past Tuesday, January 2nd my 2018 migraine shall we?

My migraine began while I was out to lunch with my son.  When I got back home, I laid down and slept for 2 hours, thankfully.  When I woke up, I walked into the bathroom and I couldn’t see myself in the mirror.  The aura had returned after it had completely left before I had laid down.

Is this a double migraine?

All I know is that the enormously painful headache lasted a double amount of days than usual following the onset day of my migraine.

Not that I can’t probably track where it came from…large doses of pizza, wine, chocolate and treats over the Christmas break.

Back on the wagon of reeling it in on the food front, as well as making sure not to miss a day of my anti-migraine smoothie.  I had gotten busy and lazy at making my smoothies and missed a day here or there lately.  No more.  Tightening up the ship.

So, I’ll take the annual migraine two days into the year.  I can respect and accept that.  Just please don’t become a regular occurrence again!  I am now used to my one migraine each year I get older rather than when they were 2-3 per week at their worst!

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I am winning my migraine battle. No, for real, I am!

I have had one migraine in the past year.

Let me repeat that.

I have had ONE migraine in the past year.

If I would have written this yesterday, the number would have been two.  So, I was patiently waiting out yesterday, so I could say those awesome words of one migraine in the past year.

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I had one on September 7, 2015, following a fun, partying weekend which I believe the migraine was the payment for the fun.  See here.

And I had one on Cinco de Mayo of this year.  See here.

I have no special secret sauce, no explanation for this.

In terms of typical migraine triggers, I’ve had above my fair share.  My stress level for a large portion of 2016 reached levels that I don’t believe I’ve seen before.  That resulted in lack of sleep, lots of wine, chocolate, and definitely not eating as healthy as I have in past years, yet a decrease in migraines.

So, what’s working for me?  The constant continues to be my daily anti-migraine smoothies, Butterbur with feverfew, and B-2.  Same as the year prior where I had 9, and the year before that was my most migraines logged at 23.  The year of 23 resulted in having multiple migraines per week.  Each of my migraines last from start to finish: three days.  So, you can see why having one in the past year, that’s pretty freaking awesome.

Maybe I’ve grown out of them.  Maybe the lovely hormones that have come with me in my mid 40’s have assisted with keeping my migraines at bay.  If so, I’m hoping those same hormones aren’t resting me up for some huge whopper of new crap in the future. Trying not to let myself get too anxious with that though.

My second birthday of my little blog here just passed yesterday.  It’s definitely become somewhere that when I’m not writing about migraines, I’m expressing everything from my love of my cat litter box, to challenges with my kids, Pokemon GO, and a plethora of other stuff that no longer takes space up in my head once I write about it and click “post.”

Thanks for all the support I’ve been given over these past years!  I’ve loved it, and I really appreciate when some of my words strike a chord and relate with others!  Hope I’ve even gotten you to laugh a time or two! 🙂

Over the past two years, I’ve written 127 posts, and as a combination, those posts have been viewed 7,764 times.  That’s wild man.

Here are the top five posts viewed over the past two years:

  1. Thoughts on my 17th wedding anniversary…
  2. My husband is my best friend…NOT
  3. 3 tough questions my kids asked me over the weekend.
  4. Our children’s reality, uncomfortably numb.
  5. Atta-Boy Migraine!!!

And the one that started it all:

‘Winning’ (Charlie Sheen reference of course) the endless game of migraines (for this quarter at least)

One migraine in the past year.  I am definitely winning!

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240 is where the streak stops…

Tears welled up in my eyes as I stood with my bowl full of dehydrated frozen chicken with noodles and veggies waiting for their turn to be cooked at the Mongolian BBQ place for lunch today.  I looked around, and with great fear, said out loud to my husband, “I think I’m getting a migraine.  I am getting a migraine.”

I almost went to the car so I could really cry.  But the food looked so good, and let’s face it, I love food, so I rallied.

Getting a migraine today felt like failure.  I know that’s super lame.  Going 240 days without a migraine when they used to come up to 3 times a week, that’s no failure, that’s a slam dunk.  But I really liked my life without them.

What were the possible reasons:

It could be any of those.  Unfortunately, only some of those are under my control, and I will do my best to control them again starting with day 1 of a new streak tomorrow as the headache arrives with it’s full vengeance.

Suck it migraines.  I hate you.

99 Cent Store Adventures…

I went to the 99 Cent store last week.

And as a precautionary disclaimer, I am not a 99 Cent or Dollar Store hater.  I love these places.  Proof is in this receipt here:

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Who spends over $90 at the 99 Cents store?  Me.

I wandered up and down every aisle, and put multiple things in my cart along the way.  All while wearing my sunglasses inside so I don’t get a migraine.  (I have gotten migraines in this store twice in the past, I’m thinking it’s due to the lights.)  So now, I walk around like I’m cool or something with my sunglasses on while cruising up and down the aisles.

So, with it being stated that I am not a hater.  There are some things that just can’t avoid being pointed out.

I will share these with you, as I did with my oldest, lifelong friend through texts throughout my shopping trip.

First:


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And if you needed to see it more up close, here it is:

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Wow.  Did not know he has his own food line.  ‘Just Add Beer’ it says.


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One of the reasons I went to this store, was to pick up more of the cereal my youngest likes.  It’s Jif.  Yes.  Like the peanut butter.  Don’t judge.  It was at Safeway months ago for about $4.69 a box.  I found it here a couple of weeks ago, and was glad to find it was still here!

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Choco Ronis:

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This would have made bath time way more successful back in the day of little kids.  I may go back and get a bottle, put it in the shower, see what happens.  It’s 99 cents.  You can do that.

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And finally, I saved the best for last:

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I love that store.  Constant good deals while being entertained.


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Oh ya, and I texted this to my middle brother while there:

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You have to watch it now.  So great!