Imitrex is great!

I get 1-2 migraines a month and my prescription medicine for it, Imitrex, is wonderful.  They used to be less frequent, only once every few months, and over the past couple years they have been increasing.  I’m not sure what I would do now without the prescription, especially on days when I choose to remain at work while dealing with it.  It stops the pain within an hour or so and often subdues the other symptoms as well, such as the nausea, light sensitivy, and visual auras and floaters.  It didn’t get the job done soon enough this morning, however.

I ended up coming home at 10:30 a.m. because the work volume was really low and sometimes people can volunteer to go home if they want to use their PTO hours for it (paid time off – we don’t have “sick days” and “vacation days” but general paid time off that is to be used for all the reasons employees choose not to be at work).  Just before leaving work I threw up a little in the bathroom, and then vomited forcefully and voluminously when I got home.  I felt much better afterwards, also because by that time the Imitrex had killed most of the pain.  Then I slept for 3 1/2 hours.

I get stupider when I have migraines, from the day before it arrives full-blown through the 12 hours afterwards.  I struggle to remember words, such as calling the office “the business room” and referring to the kitchen as “the food and cooking place”.  I sometimes have difficulty understanding people when they talk because it’s hard to parse the sounds into sentences and concepts and it all sounds like mumbling.  This morning I was trying to refill a prescription through Osco’s automatic system but ran into trouble when the numbers I entered as the last four digits of my phone number weren’t correct, or even close.  (If the last four in yours are 3738, let me know, because I don’t even know where that number came from.  Oh wait, it just now at this very moment became clear!  Those are four digits in my social security number!  What a weird transposition.)

 After throwing up and sleeping, I spent the rest of the day watching the first five episodes of season one of “Battlestar Galactica”.  Now I will go lie down in the shower with all the lights off – my go-to migraine plan before I got Imitrex – before going to bed.

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October 24, 2006. Words.

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