I learned a little while ago that one of my mom’s brothers passed to his next adventure early this morning. While I can’t say he was someone I felt close to, he treated my family alright when we got together while I was growing up.
Still, it is a fitting capstone to a particularly gruesome week. In my last post, I stated that I woke up with another migraine. So, imagine my surprise when my wife reads to me from an email newsletter by Dr. Sears (I hope I spelled that right) that Imitrex actually CAUSES migraines – and makes them worse by both intensity and frequency. This is because of a physical manifestation known as a rebound effect. In other words, what it does to provide relief is only a treatment of symptoms, and the problem is worse when the medicine wears off.
Well, I’ll vouch for the “makes them worse” part – this last migraine lasted 5 1/2 days, and for the last few months the classic ID tags of a migraine (light sensitivity, upset stomach, audio distortion) have been showing up in pairs about half of the time.
Oh, and the rest of the story on how this week went? Before the migraine had run it’s course the National Weather Service was posting severe weather watches for this whole area. The storms started about 10:30pm (2230 hrs) last night, and it’s been pretty steady ever since. MIGHT end tomorrow, but no promises.