Sam: "It must be getting near teatime. Leastways, it would be in decent places where there is still teatime."
Gollum: "We're not in decent places."
25 days -- that's how long it's been since my last migraine. After months of symptom tracking...I can predict when a storm's about to hit. As I type, the front's closing in...this one attacking my head full throttle.
Of all of the symptoms I've encountered with Lyme, the migraines are the most debilitating. I'd prefer any pain to not thinking or seeing straight. Just the thought of the next couple of days makes me anxious; especially since I've just added my fifth antibiotic to my daily routine (something I know can cause some scary complications).
According to my Neurologist (and MRI), I have T2 Hyperintensities. That means I have lesions in my brain...something pretty common in Lyme patients. For months, at the beginning of my illness, I thought I had sinus infections (at least that's what doctors kept telling me). Luckily, my ENT investigated further.
"I think you are having migraines," he said, after reviewing my symptoms.
"Really???" I questioned; shocked no one had ever considered that.
That was last July when headaches were bad, but manageable. Today, they take me out for 2-3 days ...unable to lift my head, in bed, feeling woozy, crying from pain, repulsed by light/smells/sounds/computers/tvs, with vision that very much resembles this photo.
- new face mask...check
- dark room....check
- no obligations for the next three days...check
- party planned day before the danger zone...check
Many people don't realize Lyme ebbs and flows in cycles...something you can plan for if you pay attention. For me, the third and fourth weeks are the worst; I've been told that's when spirochetes multiply so antibiotics kill more during this time (FYI: When spirochetes die, they release toxins faster than your body can eliminate, causing pain and symptoms). As we speak, the computer monitor's turned from clear and inviting to painful and caustic.
Cover me, boys. I'm going in...
Altered Today: New friend to cuddle (thanks Judy), sweet eye mask (thanks Melissa), plan of attack.