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( Jun. 20th, 2017 08:29 pm)
Last week, The Husband was gone, off doing the Artist Thing at a M:tG event in Vegas. This means that even tho' my usual bedtime routine involves sleep meds, my sleep was not ... how should I put this? Restful. Constant waking up to various degrees.

Then, to add another layer of sleep deprivation: Today was the start of three days of early morning planning meetings for work. I'm in favor of planning meetings! I totally support having them! But almost my entire team is located in Ottawa, which means East Coast time zone. Today's meetings started at 6am my time, and went through (with breaks) to 1pm. Wednesday's round of meetings start at 7am, and then back to 6am start for Thursday. This sort of schedule, combined with my delayed sleep phase disorder, means that I'm going to feel off-kilter jetlagged to hell without any travel for all of this week.

Aaaaaaaand, on top of all this: I had an awful migraine all day yesterday. On top of the off-and-on migraine I'd had for a week. I finally agreed with The Husband that maybe my neck was out? And yeah, I probably should make an appointment with the chiropractor? So I went in this afternoon, and my chiro cheerfully informed me that not only was my neck out in the usual spot (right at the base of my skull), but that my lower back was out on the right side, and oh hey, I had a rib out of place on each side, in different spots.


After lots of clicks and crunches, hey presto! The migraine immediately lessened. The chiro also told me that according to my chart I come in every two months or so, which means that my idle thought that I should get some sort of x-rays or other imaging done to see if there's something going on with my neck needs to be not so idle anymore.
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( Apr. 29th, 2017 02:23 pm)
Well, I was going to go over to Thea's today and work on the lace and sequin collar/breastplate for Vampire Ball. However, plans have changed to taking a lot of meds, and heading to the spa.

Stupid weather-triggered migraines.

(The new(ish) eating plan has helped a LOT with my general pain and inflammation. But changes in barometric pressure? Still trigger migraines. This is the lamest superpower ever.)
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( Apr. 21st, 2017 04:07 pm)
I am now visiting the land of Migraine Hangover, which is much better than the ... 3? 4? days I spent in MigraineLand. I woke up this morning, realized that why yes, something in my neck was out, this wasn't just a reaction to the ridiculously changeable weather we've been having. So I went to the chiropractor. A bunch of hideous grinding and crunching noises later, my pain levels have dropped substantially.

My chiro has no idea why my neck/atlas keeps going out of alignment, but has suggested that I look into Indian Club exercises to improve the strength in my arms, shoulders, and neck. Okay? He loaned me some starter clubs, and I'm going to watch some tutorials on ye olde internets. Apparently it's ... swinging clubs around. Sure! Let me learn to wave sticks around in a possibly menacing way!

(I asked him if I could just use parasols instead of the clubs. He sighed and told me no.)


The new(ish, I've been doing it for a little over a month) low carb eating regime is actually helping with the general inflammation and pain issues I've been having. It also has been helping with brain fog. On the one hand, I miss mac&cheese SO MUCH. On the other hand, having a much lower level of background pain on a daily basis is AMAZING. And, I won't lie, this is also leading to weight loss, which means that the Body Image Demons are being quieter, which is really, REALLY nice. That's not the reason I'm doing this, but it's a nice side effect.


Sometime this weekend, I really need to write a To Do list for everything I need to get done before Bats Day and Vampire Ball. But hey! The stress levels from work are dropping, which is something I kinda despaired of ever happening. Even the looming presence of multiple 6am planning meetings next week isn't making me want to run away and hide! I mean, I'm not thrilled about 6am meetings, but this time it won't be just me reminding everyone about documentation.
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( Apr. 7th, 2017 03:54 pm)
Uuuggggh, day two of really vicious migraine. It was bad enough yesterday that I took the heavy-duty meds for it, but it was still there when I woke up today. This is particularly bothersome, as I get on a plane at OMG THIS IS TOO EARLY on Sunday, so I can go spend a week at the Ottawa office.

So! Today includes ALL the water and caffeine. Tomorrow involves a trip to the chiropractor, because this sort of migraine usually means there's something out of whack in my neck. Then I go to the spa, soak, and get a massage. Hopefully all of that will set me to rights, because the idea of traveling while feeling like this is not enticing.
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( Jan. 3rd, 2017 01:16 pm)
Last night I was woken up out of a soundly medicated sleep by one of the worst migraines I've ever had. My skull felt like it was trying to shift and expand, and I got to have that always fun debate of "What will be worse? The nausea, or actually throwing up?" A combination of meds, an ice pack at the base of my skull, and a heated buckwheat pillow on my face finally allowed me to get back to sleep.

I still have a migraine right now, but it's nowhere near as bad as it was last night. And this is where I thank all the spirits and powers that be that I have a job that (a) is work-from-home, and (b) doesn't care if I split my work time over different hours. Because in a few hours, I am heading to the spa, soaking, and then delivering myself into the merciful hands of my regular massage therapist.


Thank you for the kind words about Ruthven. He will be missed. Vlad is already roaming the house, looking for him.
This is the time of year my migraines are the worst. Something about the combination of heat, light, and weather just does me in.

Yes, I'm going to remember to call my doctor and set up an appointment to talk about them. I promise. But right now? I want cupcakes and a trepanation kit.


In other news: vintage skull buckle winklepickers! Only worn 3 times! Yeah, I'm finally selling off the boots that don't fit me. They're a super-narrow 7, in case any of you are interested.
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( Jun. 26th, 2015 05:59 pm)
I metaphorically swooned around 3pm, told work I was out with a migraine, and headed to the spa by my house. I hate summer temperatures (I hate the Burning Orb more), but melting in the steam sauna or soaking in a hot pool, followed by soaking in the tepid pool is the most reliable way of getting rid of migraines for me.

(Well, and occasionally submerging myself in the 56 degree cold plunge pool. I hate it, but the shock to my system flushes the migraine out really damn effectively.)

Now to avoid the heat for the rest of the weekend! Wish me luck.
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( Jun. 26th, 2015 12:38 pm)
You want to know one of the reasons I hate summer weather?

(Besides the fact that I'm a goth with an impractical wardrobe.)


In theory, I like Spring. But pollen and schizophrenic weather means that I'm dealing with some level of a sinus headache almost constantly. And y'know what? I've got a high pain tolerance (which, yes, has occasionally led to me ignoring things that I should have talked to a doctor about, because it's just pain, and I don't want to raise a fuss, and yeah. I know, I know, and I've been lectured about this many times.), so most of the time I just wince and ignore it. But the other night I had a sinus migraine come on so fast that I thought I was going to throw up while on the bus home, and when I DID get home, I flung myself on the couch and clutched an ice pack over the upper right side of my face. Remind me again why trepanation is such a bad idea?

And there are other things going on leading to stress. Nothing for folks to be worried about, just the usual accumulation of Too Much To Do and not enough time or energy. What all of this means is that I am trying to improve my mood by wearing things that I KNOW I love. Such as today's outfit:

Mmm, red velvet. And wacky hair volumizing powder which does indeed give my baby-fine, fly-away hair some gentle lift without needing backcombing or hairspray. I think this is my new favorite hair product.

Oh! LilyElspeth/Lorax of Sex custom-dyed a pair of my vintage Fluevogs. Originally they were black and cream, but now they're black and matches-my-lipstick burgundy:

Tonight, I need to get some writing done and try to go to bed early. Ahahahahaha. Yeah, we'll see if either of those happen.
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( Apr. 5th, 2013 02:57 pm)
From the pro photos at Vampire Ball: the StuntHusband trying to be stern and admonishing, while I obviously just. don't. care.

Today's Goth at the Office, where I am trying to ward off a headache through the powers of black lipstick and backcombed ponytails.

I love the idea of Spring, but the reality of it with the flowering plants and the changeable weather systems? Ugh. I know, I know, trepanation won't really fix the near-constant sinus headaches, but I can't deny that the idea has a certain morbid appeal.
Of Dealing With One's Parents.

The three letters I used in this post? They're a tiny representation of the sort of mail I get at the GCS address. My heart breaks for these kids, which is part of why I'm still doing this.

Anyway, comments on the post are open (and moderated), because I want babybats everywhere to know they're not alone.


In other news, changeable spring weather can stop ANY TIME NOW, thanks. Day two of a migraine, ugh.

In which I contemplate brewing another pot of tea to fend off sleep-deprivation and a headache that is lurking around the edges of my brain.

(And yes, I brewed a pot of chocolate oolong tea (Dr. Chocolate from David's Tea), even tho' I had already had a pot of tea AND a triple-shot iced americano earlier. I really don't want this to turn into a(nother) migraine.

Also, I am DONE with summer. Over it. Autumn gloom and grey clouds can show up ANY TIME NOW, THANKS.
So a meme came up on my Tumblr feed that made me laugh and laugh:

The last song you listened to will be played at your funeral.

The song I last listened to? “Vampires Will Never Hurt You” by MCR. This is funny on SO MANY levels, including the one where I still kinda hold to my childhood plan of not ever dying, but becoming a vampire witch queen.

What? I think it's a great plan!


In other news, OH G-D OH G-D STABBING MIGRAINE OF DOOM. Which I'm just trying to power through, because I've got Stuff To Do. Dammit.
Things have been stressful around our house for the past few days. So I'm really not surprised that I am suffering a horrible, stabbing headache. But OH G-D, I WANT IT TO STOP.

Please send decorative people (preferably gothy rocker boys in eyeliner) bearing coffee, cupcakes, and pain meds.
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( Mar. 18th, 2011 12:15 pm)
- Today is yet ANOTHER day of sinus migraine, thanks to our freaky weather patterns. I'm sure my stress level isn't helping it, either. But wow, trepanation sounds really, really attractive right now.

- Tomorrow is the memorial for Mom. The info (with directions!) is here: .

- I have amazing, amazing friends. I know I say that a lot, but it's true. I would not have made it through these past few months without them. I love you.
Reading through [ profile] minim_calibre's line edits on fiction project is a perfect thing to do with a sinus migraine, right? Right. Writing is about SITTING DOWN AND WRITING, Cupcake. So you will do that.

(Seriously, if I wasn't so behind on my self-imposed writing schedule, I would do nothing today but flop on the couch and whimper. But things Must Be Done, so self-discipline is the key.)


Hey, have I reminded everyone about the SeaGoth Rummage sale coming up on Sunday? Not today, I haven't!

December 5th, 2010
4228 Stone Way N
Noon to 5pm

There are 23 Bags! Of! Mystery! awaiting purchasers, filled with goodies from not just my collection of crafting goodies, but from the Infamous BlueJay's stash, too. How can you resist? You can't, just accept your fate and buy a Bag! Of! Mystery!


Okay, enough distraction via internet. Time to get back to reading line edits.
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( Oct. 19th, 2010 10:51 pm)
- Went to the chiropractor, where he made my neck make horrible crunching noises. And lo! My headache went away! My wonderful chiropractor also showed me some exercises I need to start doing to strengthen my neck and shoulder muscles, so that maybe I won't get these headaches quite as often. Here's hoping.

- Altered my Beetlejuice fitted tee that arrived in the mail yesterday. It now has a scooped neckline with lace trim and B&W striped piping. Whee!

- Finished watching the DVD of Brazil that the StuntHusband loaned me. I had never seen it. Ever. Yes, I know, how the hell did I manage that? Let's just say there are some astonishing gaps in my my movie-watching habits, and leave it at that. Anyway, Brazil. Whoo. I wouldn't say fun, necessarily, but surreal and fascinating.

- Watched the DVD of the Frank Langella version of Dracula (which I had finally gotten around to ordering). I haven't seen it in ages, and had forgotten how swoony and pretty it is. Plus, Frank Langella keeps referring to it as a "gothic romance" in the bonus feature interview. Be still my bombast-craving heart!

- Decided my everyday top hat needed to be refurbished, so I rummaged around and found a length of wide antique black lace and a lot of black ostrich and coque feathers. I'll try to take a photo tomorrow.

- Redid my blood spatter manicure. Now with black smudges, inspired by snowcoma's version. Again, maybe pictures tomorrow.

Also tomorrow: writing, writing, writing. WRITING.
- So, is this headache a looming sinus migraine, or is something in my neck out of whack? It's at that awkward stage where I can't tell. As soon as I can convince Trinian Queen of Fuzzwumpia to stop sleeping on my feet, I will go take some Advil. Cat. On Feet )

- I tried a zombie ichor variation of the bloodspatter manicure using Orly's "Galaxy Girl", which is a blue/red/purple shimmer duochrome polish. I ... I think I'm underwhelmed. I may remove it tonight and go back to the traditional bloodspatter.

- I would like my award for being adult now, thanks. I called an agency and did stuff pertaining to dayjob. I fear that bout of productivity (along with the headache) has sapped my brain, because the idea of settling down and doing writing is making me feel a trifle woozy.

Okay, must remove the cat from my feet and take something for this headache. The coffee and food is obviously not going to fix it. Then I need to find my motivation ...
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( Apr. 20th, 2010 10:48 am)
Hello horrible sinus migraine, I didn't invite you. Today is now about working from home, drinking lots of tea, and thinking longingly of drilling a hole in my skull to release the pressure and/or the sinus demons.

Of course, the final rancid sprinkles on the top of this crankycake is that I'm having a(nother, because yesterday wasn't that great, either) bad brain chemistry day, and the Monsters of Low Self-Esteem and warming up for a comeback performance. I'm doing my damnedest to ignore them, but you people telling me good things or giving me clicky-links of distraction would be lovely, too.
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( Apr. 5th, 2010 03:46 pm)
I think I am Very Susceptible to changes in weather during the spring. I can think of no other reason for once again waking up with a sinus migraine that made me (1) feel exhausted even tho' I had gotten a very respectable amount of sleep over the weekend, and (2) made me again think longingly of self-trepanation. Anyway, I am working from home today. Which means much hot tea and snuggling with the kitties while editing tech docs.

Norwescon was ... Norwescon. I had a lovely time at my tea party (thank you to everyone who attended!), the panels were fun (if somewhat sparsely attended), and I got (quickly!) visit with people I hardly ever get to talk to. That was nice. However, going to Norwescon still feels like taking a time machine back to 1995, which is a little unnerving.


Congratulations to the various award nominees! Kij Johnson, Cherie Priest, and the Girl Genius crew have all been nominated for Hugos! Gail Carriger has been nominated for a Campbell! Splendid news, and I'm thrilled for all of them.

Oh, speaking of Gail Carriger: I finished Changeless (the second book in the Parasol Protectorate series) over the weekend, and AAAAAUUGGGH! I don't know if I will be able to last until September when the third book comes out. Changeless was just as fun as Soulless, and ended with a cliffhanger that left me making squeaky noises of dismay and impatience. ::twitch::

(As predicted, reading Changeless and watching Sherlock Holmes has left me craving more bustles. Go on, look surprised.)


This coming weekend! The celadon CD release party! The Faith & the Muse show! Oh, and I need to get a bunch of writing done. Busy, busy, busy.


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