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In-between days

I’ve been having low-grade headaches for the past couple of days. I’ve been waiting for the full-on migraine to come along, but so far it hasn’t made it’s appearance yet. I don’t have a headache now, but I am not 100% lucid and I’m fighting off fatigue. Sometimes I don’t know which is worse: a roaring migraine or this in-between state wherein you know you are about to get a big one. I spend a lot of time in this limbo state—fatigued, forgetful, with a foggy head, and a general feeling of not being completely there—and yet I’m still not used to it.

Times like these, I always turn to migraine.com to shed some light on my situation and find relief from my pain, or in this case, non-pain. I stumbled upon this article and could completely relate to it. This is exactly what I am going through. It’s good to know that I am not alone in this, but has someone found a way to skip this phase altogether?

Okay, I’m not usually this whiny when it comes to my headaches. I’ve been living with this for a while now and I can normally cope with my foggy senses and would not complain about it, but this week has been tough. I’ve been trying to draw and paint (I have a deadline!), but I just can’t focus. All I want is to go back to bed and have another go at a snooze. I’ve tried exercising, but I think I just added to the fatigue. I’ve been reading a lot just to see if I could sharpen my senses, but I’ve noticed that I have to go back to some paragraphs because the words didn’t register. Sigh. And I’ve been doing so well the past month, month and a half. Is it because I have been skipping my acupuncture sessions? Hmmm… maybe…

Again, I don’t know which is better: the migraine or limbo? At least with a migraine you can drink the magic pill of your choice (mine is Zomig) and—click!!!—the world is clear again, but in this in-between state, you have no choice but to wait it out and see what happens next. Maybe I really need to go back to my acupuncturist. Oh well. In the meantime, I really can’t do anything about it. I think I will—no, I choose—to breathe deeply through the fog and hug my cats. 🙂

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(Wednesday still believes that I can create and sticks by my side no matter what. She’s taking her job as my muse seriously! 😀 )

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Feline warning devices

This morning I was sitting on the couch watching the news when Twister came over, sat down, and just stared at me for a long, long time. I wasn’t eating, he wasn’t hungry, so I was not sure what he wanted from me. I took advantage of his stillness and took a quick pic of him. Here it is:

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I posted it on Facebook and someone commented that her cats do that when she’s about to get a migraine or vertigo attack. Hmmmm… That got me thinking. I did get a headache about 15 minutes after I posted the pic. I’m still struggling with my migraine and today was especially tough. Looking back, Twister and Wednesday have been very clingy and watchful the past couple of days. They always go where I am, but this time I notice that they are less rowdy and are sweeter than usual. They just sit beside me and observe my every move. They don’t beg for food or ask for play time.

Maybe they can tell when something is wrong or something is about to happen. I heard that cats and dogs can sense when an earthquake is about to occur. Maybe it’s the same thing with illnesses. Hmmm… Worth researching.

Twister took a bathroom break and, as if on cue, Wednesday climbs the sofa and sits in front of me. Good to know I always have someone with me! 🙂

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