Thursday, May 01, 2008

Migraine My Brain

My Migraine Experience

One day a few weeks ago, at work, I began to have a distortion in my visual field - fancy talk for a hallucination.

I began to see colored triangular shapes and patterns along one side of my visual field - but this only affected one eye.

I was somewhat concerned, as it just wouldn't go away. Blink, Blink, it still wouldn't go away.

Was I having a stroke? Quick, what were the signs of a stroke?

But instead of getting frightened I decided to just relax, and let it happen. I've had some experiences with hallucinogens in my younger days, and so I wasn't going to let this experience freak me out.

It lasted a good half hour to an hour, and then went away.

Eventually the most horrible headache came upon me.

Was it a brain tumor?

Wait a second, I vaguely recalled the symptoms.

I had a migraine.

I've had severe headaches before, with light sensitivity, but never the intense visual display which warns of the coming brain storm.

Here's an except from a NYTIMES post dealing with migraines:

I have had migraines for most of my life; the first attack I remember occurred when I was 3 or 4 years old. I was playing in the garden when a brilliant, shimmering light appeared to my left — dazzlingly bright, almost as bright as the sun. It expanded, becoming an enormous shimmering semicircle stretching from the ground to the sky, with sharp zigzagging borders and brilliant blue and orange colors. Then, behind the brightness, came a blindness, an emptiness in my field of vision, and soon I could see almost nothing on my left side. I was terrified — what was happening? My sight returned to normal in a few minutes, but these were the longest minutes I had ever experienced.

I told my mother what had happened, and she explained to me that what I had had was a migraine — she was a doctor, and she, too, was a migraineur. It was a “visual migraine,” she said, or a migraine “aura.” The zigzag shape, she would later tell me, resembled that of medieval forts, and was sometimes called a “fortification pattern.” Many people, she explained, would get a terrible headache after seeing such a “fortification” — but, if I were lucky, I would be one of those who got only the aura, without the headache.

I was lucky here, and lucky, too, to have a mother who could reassure me that everything would be back to normal within a few minutes, and with whom, as I got older, I could share my migraine experiences. She explained that auras like mine were due to a sort of disturbance like a wave passing across the visual parts of the brain. A similar “wave” might pass over other parts of the brain, she said, so one might get a strange feeling on one side of the body, or experience a funny smell, or find oneself temporarily unable to speak. A migraine might affect one’s perception of color, or depth, or movement, might make the whole visual world unintelligible for a few minutes. Then, if one were unlucky, the rest of the migraine might follow: violent headaches, often on one side, vomiting, painful sensitivity to light and noise, abdominal disturbances, and a host of other symptoms.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Zero to Three

Zero to Three
by JeromeProphet

You're the guide
Who set me free
I trek and glide
You speak to me
Within the darkness
And in this pain
I feel your blackness
I fear your reign

You're still there
I can feel you now
I'm tumbling scared
And falling down
I'm out of breath
And clutched by death
I'd summon you
But I don't know how

The others there
They stand in light
They mock me now
And say they're right
But love has now
Abandoned thee
My blood runs cold
You've forsaken me

And when they pick
My scattered bones
And when they sip
My blood red tones
They'll never care
What truth was shared
Or the promise
Made Zero to Three

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

FBI Caught Removing Chinese Family's Wiretap

FBI Removed Wiretap After Chinese Family Moved

O.K. admittedly I have no evidence to go on. I just happened to be home from work with a cold, and was bored. So I took several photos of an odd looking vehicle that pulled into the driveway of our Chinese neighbors who moved out over the last weekend.

Not quite sure what was going on as the Jeep has no markings.

The man went into the backyard with the ladder, and removed "something" from the cables running into the house, and then left.

Probably just an unmarked cable television uninstaller guy - is that possible?

I probably should have gone to work today - I'm bored.


Saying Good Bye To Winter Northern European Style!

We need something like this in the United States, but the government here is probably too afraid the people would set the country ablaze.

Fire and booze - quite a mix.

Monday, April 28, 2008

I Stole From You - Step Father

Only Pair of Shoes During 2007 - Note The Holes

Stealing From Your Benefactor

Mother: We need to go into the living room and talk.

Step Father: What's this all about?

Mother: Well, your daughter has something to say.

Step Father: What's this?

Mother: Well, we've all done something wrong in our lives.

Step Father: Oh geez, just tell me what is going on.

Mother: Do you want me to tell you, or your daughter?

Step Father: If she has anything to tell me she should be the one.

Step Daughter (crying): We'll you know how you wouldn't let me have any money for gas (drugs)?

Step Father: What did you do?

Step Daughter: Well I sold your CDs, and some of your DVDs, and video games (over 100).

Step Father: What?

Step Daughter: I only got like 50 cents each.


This while the step father struggles to save money to buy a pair of shoes to replace the ones that he wears every day that have holes in them.

This while the step daughter goes out and uses her money from her part time job to buy pot.

This while the step father struggles to pay interest on debt he incurred after years of giving the step daughter everything she ever wanted.

Only Pair of Shoes In 2008 - Already Has Holes

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Aren't You Devine

Sarah Bernhardt

I've spent some time with Sarah Bernhardt tonight. I searched high and low across the digital landscape for just the right photo of Sarah, and now I've found it. I was looking for that special something that captures the person, that goes beyond the surface and that reveals simply, and honestly the spark of the person.

Sarah had many admirers, and some famous lovers of both genders. Sarah Bernhardt was the most famous woman of her day - even more so than the Queen of England.

Sarah you were beautiful, and I could fall in love with you simply gazing into those beautiful eyes.

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