Woke up yesterday with a stonking headache. I have suffered on and off for years with migraines, as has my mother. They started when I was in my late teens and reached a peak in my late twenties. I tend to get headaches quite often at the same time of the month (sorry to the male readers. If there are any) so I know they are hormonal, but sometimes the headache is more than just a headache, it's a migraine and that's like a headache on steroids.
Everyone I know who gets migraines experiences them differently. You tend to get the headache-y part plus an "aura" of additional symptoms. In my case, the headache is centred squarely behind one eye - almost invariably the right eye - and is accompanied by nausea, visual disturbances like little flashbulbs going off which eventually develop into disrupted vision sufficiently serious to make driving impossible and, if I am really lucky, actual vomitting. Which is lovely - nothing like throwing up while moaning and trying hard to shove your fist into your eye as it tries to throb its way right out of your skull. When I have a serious migraine, all I really want is an eyepatch with a golf ball stuck to the inside as only firm pressure on the eye itself gives any relief. Oh, and a totally silent, dark room in which to lie completely still and whimper.
But fortunately this month's headache was just short of qualifying as a migraine, and I have therefore been at work (although pretty useless while there, if truth be told) and, with the aid of strong painkillers, vertical. Interestingly, the only absolute 100% cure for these headaches I have ever found is being pregnant or breastfeeding. Call me unreasonable, but I think as headache remedies go, those are just a bit too drastic for my taste.
So, no running yesterday or today and nothing much else to report on any other front. We have scoffed most of the dairy free dark chocolate Easter egg that First Born got and didn't like (it is a Thorntons dark chocolate egg and is lovely but quite a grown up taste. He willingly swapped it for some dairy free chocolate buttons. We ate it because it would be a shame to waste it, obviously). The boys are going off to stay with Granny and Grandad for a couple of days and Husband and I are going to have a nice meal out tomorrow before he heads off to Prague for a judgely huddle with other internet guru-types. I will be on my own for a day or two. And you know what that means, don't you? Uninterrupted Torchwood and the Wii all to myself! Yippee!