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Fatigued Friday

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Purr machine extraordinaire πŸ™‚

Blah. Still struggling. 😦 Another fatigued Friday πŸ˜” I’m trying to get some relief from this murky state by giving my dear Twister a cat massage. It’s the best! That way Twister feels more secure and confident that he is Top Cat in this household, we strengthen our bond, and I get purrs in return to help counter fatigue.

Happy Friday, one and all! πŸ™‚

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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. πŸ™‚

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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! πŸ˜€ )

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Cat nap

I had a bum stomach and a mild headache early this afternoon so I decided to take a break and nap. I woke up after an hour and found Wednesday snoozing beside me. I still feel bleergh & not fit to socialize with anyone; I guess I’m skipping dinner in Makati and will just have more cat naps with Wednesday! πŸ™‚

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Excuse the photo—I’m too lazy to get up & turn on the light! πŸ™‚

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Psychedelic

Ink on masking tape. Brain fog is slowly dissipating, but headache seems sharper. At least it’s not migraine… yet!

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Out of the fog

I think my brain fog is slowly clearing up. It’s been, what? Three or four weeks since I’ve been completely lucid. I don’t know if it’s the same for the other migraine sufferers, but fatigue hounds me before, during, and after an attack. I didn’t feel the actual pain of the headache—at least I don’t remember, maybe the drugs I’ve been taking made sure of that—but I still haven’t found an escape from fatigue.

I feel worn out. It’s been difficult to do simple things. Coffee has not helped—not that it has helped me in the past. I just want everything to come into focus so I can be me again and just BE!

I’ve been taking it easy the past month. I feel guilty for not working as hard as I usually do, but I know that I need to do this, be good to myself… This too shall pass. I’ve skipped blogging for a long time (it was too much effort to think much less write!) and even stopped journaling for a day or two. Like I said, I feel guilty, but what could I do? I felt tired every morning after sleeping for 8 hours!

I’ve been going to an acupuncturist for the past three weeks. I think it’s making things worse by cleaning out my system and balancing my Qi, but I need this in the long run. My body is probably just purging the toxins; I should be okay soon. They’ve given me some herbs to help boost my energy and it seems to help, but I’m not out of the woods yet. I can still hear my bed calling out to me as I write this. Patience is key. I will be out of this fog soon.

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Creating

In between bouts of migraine and a horrible toothache, I decided to update my website by making a static home page, adding more pages (check out the new links above: design, art, sculpture, shop…), FINALLY using the domain name I got 2 days after new year’s eve, and by making this intro/teaser video. Hmmm… maybe I should get sick more often! πŸ™‚

Enjoy!

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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! πŸ™‚

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Migraine

I hate not being able to post everyday, but I have been out of sorts this week. I’ve been suffering from a severe headache since last Sunday. I tried to work through it, took over the counter pain relievers, but they did not help. I finally went to my neurologist yesterday and he said that I had a nasty case of migraine. It has a fancy name, but, of course, I didn’t catch it. It’s the type that makes you stutter, forget things, make your knees weak, numb, and feel fatigued throughout the day. And those are just the “light” symptoms. Like I said, nasty.

So I’m back on steroids and other drugs. Sigh. I really must go back to yoga and Zen meditation. This is not funny anymore. Less stress, please!

I feel better already (guess the meds are working their magic), plus I feel proud that I was still able to make this despite the pain and fatigue. It’s a video teaser for my HS reunion. I didn’t do this alone, though. It takes a village to produce something like this: the logo creators, the designs that made Cecilia, the researchers, writers, people who suggested the app, technology!, and a cool and organized leader. Glad to be part of a great team! πŸ™‚

Alright. Tomorrow’s another day. Better hit the sack before my migraine decides to come back. πŸ™‚

Good night, world! πŸ™‚

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