Tuesday, February 10, 2009

First (and hopefully last) of 2009

* Saturday a headache started and I thought it was just a bad sinus headache brought on by our temperatures going from 17F to 70F over the course of two days, but I was so, so wrong. By Sunday I was seriously hurting and increasingly over the day I was seeing auras and light flashes, having nausea, sensitivity to light, sounds and smells, I was barely up and about for more than a total of 30 minutes all day. I can't believe that I got a stinking migraine. It's now three days later and though I'm not completely incapacitated like I was on Sunday, I still feel like cr@p.

* I used to have devastating migraines that would incapacitate me for weeks out of every month but after years of prophylactic treatments, trigger management, recognizing and treating the onset of a migraine and of course pain management, I was able to break the cycle and thankfully since then, migraines have been far and few between. Now that it's been more than a decade of being relatively migraine free, I have no tools a.k.a drugs to help me deal with the pain and associated symptoms. Hopefully tomorrow I'll wake feeling better and this will be my last migraine of 2009 and forever.

* Even though I'm hurting life must go on. Last week I volunteered to make Valentine's Day treats for Maisie's class this Wednesday and in addition I decided to make multi-part Valentine's Day cards with Maisie for her class.

* We had fun making and decorating cookies together this afternoon and Maisie had fun taste testing them too.

* Next year for Valentine's day I'm buying those lousy little cards where all you do is sign your name. After assembling cards and candy treats with Maisie for 2 hours this afternoon, I thought the red on the Valentine's cards was going to be from blood spewing from my brain, eyeballs and ears as my head was throbbing beyond belief. Maisie was great and had fun putting everything together but she wanted to do so much of it all by herself (though she needed help) and it took f.o.r.e.v.e.r!!

* I'm so happy that the warm weather is back as the freezing weather of last week was enough cold to last me a lifetime. I knew that when I moved from New England I should have moved farther south, I'm so not a cold weather person, even one week of cold is too much for me.

* See the shirt that Maisie's wearing in the piccie? M3 gave it to me way back in August 2006 at our first Utah bloggy bash. Remember this piccie of us bloggy gals holding matching shirts with our daughter's names? In some ways it seems like so long ago yet in other ways it feels so recent. It's amazing to think how much things have changed since that piccie. Going from right to left in the piccie: Tiffany now has two beautiful children, Eliza and Solomon. Donna has been home for less than a month with her beautiful daughter Lauren, Julie and I were in China together back in December 2006 for gotcha of Tess & Maisie and Lisa, oh my gosh her wait has been so.very.very.long, should be receiving her referral in the near future and soon will have Tate in her arms and let's not forget the photographer M3 and the Salsa twins. Maisie wearing this shirt always brings fond memories but if she grows any taller the shirt will have to be retired, so sad. It's surprising that the shirt still fits her at all or as well as it does especially considering that the first blog post having pictures of her wearing it was back in June 2007! Check out that post's video for an adorable Maisie blast from the past. Hmm...Maisie wearing this shirt and on a trampoline, I can't even begin to tell you how many times I've seen that exact scene repeated since the video was taken.

* One final thought before I take myself and my headache to bed. How is it that all the laundry was done on Saturday yet today in Eammon's laundry drawer there were seven, yes seven towels???



  1. Anonymous12:29 AM

    Lisa, hope you feel better soon. I hope it's your last forever, too.

    Take care. Something funny, though. We had to bring in 20 cards for April's class yesterday. Well, Michael was supposed to get those types of little Valentine's Day cards and brought home packaged (6 each) of real cards! I was kind of mad about it because I wanted cute kids cards. Then I went to work today and my colleague told me of the effort she and her daughter went through to prepare those little cards with the little slots. Now your story -- I think Michael got me the "right" cards after all -- as weird as it will be for 3-year olds to be getting real Valentine's Day cards.

    Ilene, Michael & April

  2. So sorry that you are feeling so bad.

    You sound like super mom with the cookies and cards. You go, girl!

  3. Hope you are feeling better. What wonderful memories you are making with your sweet girl

  4. Oh no! I hope you feel better soon! My sister gets migraines and they are so horrible. I hope you never get another one.

    Briana is starting to enter the Miss Independent phase now. She like "no mama, I do it." It's a good and bad thing at the same time!

    Love Maisie's cute smile!

  5. Anonymous9:11 AM

    So funny that you brought up our original bloggy bash group. I was on your site just the other day looking for the link to how you cook your chicken (to share) and I was reading your great post about the trip and the whole Buffalo "Dude do you value your life?" thing. So crazy - what a geek I am! Maisie looks so cute in her shirt and kudos to you for your Valentine mommy efforts!

    Feel better!

  6. I hope you feel better soon. Nothing worse than a migraine. Loving the cookies and I feel totally amazed that you made your cards. I did the cheap ones you mentioned, and just signing the kids names, adding the sticker was enough for me! I also bought fun dips.

    Maise's smile is so pretty. She looks so mature in that photo.

  7. There is nothing worse than a migraine. I hope you are better.

    The cookies are adorable!

  8. I saw the picture of Maisie in the shirt and had instant flash back! Thankfully Tate will be in my arms soon!

    So sorry you are having migraines! I know what a crap it puts into you very busy life to have to be in bed.

    Hope this is the last migraine forever!

  9. Oh man, you could definitely use a break from the body breakdowns. You are such a great mom though. I think on the days that I don't feel well how on earth I'll keep it going for the kids. You are a great example of that.

    You take care of yourself...say hi to Eammon and Maisie and the three of you have a Happy Valentine's Day!

  10. I can't believe that was almost 3 years ago! My, oh my, how life can change.
    Sorry about the migraine...I know all to well what you are talking about!

  11. Hope that migraine hit the road as fat as Maisie could make those cute cookies disappear!

  12. Anonymous8:57 AM

    Hi Lisa,

    Long time lurker here, our daughter R is about the same age as your Maisie, she is 3.5 years and adopted from China at age 15 months in Dec 06.

    I was interested in your descriptions of your migraines, as I have been suffering severe and debilitating migraines and daily chronic headaches now for 10 years, and I am at the end of my tether with them, and have tried so many Tx's. I would love to know how you managed to become headache free!!

    My email is lzb_xxx@yahoo.co.uk if you have any tips for me!

    PS Maisie is adorable, and has blossomed into such a beautiful little girl.

    PPS we are based in Ireland


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