I won’t be deterred!

3 Jan

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Not to bore you with repetition, but I have struggled with chronic migraines of late, and it’s amazing how stupidly debilitating they can be. I changed my medicines after my doctor’s appointment in December, and once I started on an OTC (available from Amazon) called Migra-Eeze on Christmas Eve I’ve been doing much better. I’ve only had two days that I’ve needed to take my prescription medicine, and three or four where I needed to do “the cure” (my doctor’s favorite remedy, 4 aspirin and a regular Coke). All but one of those days worked pretty well. Today is that day.

It hasn’t been a bad day. The migraine has been what I’d call mid-level. I was able to modify what was supposed to be an intense cardio interval workout to at least get a workout done, if not at the level I’d planned. Something’s better than nothing! Having had so many good days makes me realize how bad things were in October, November and December. Wow.

What my main “resolution” (I don’t like that word – let’s say goal instead) boils down to for 2013 is that I won’t be deterred. According to my two doctors (neurologist and gynecologist), odds are I’m going to be dealing with migraines until I’m past complete menopause. Since the average age of menopause is 52, that’s five years. And I am not having five years that are a repeat of the last one, that is guaranteed. Obviously a good bit of that is finding the right medicines, supplements, diet (ie I no longer drink any caffeine except when I need the Coke), and exercise. I’m avoiding things like MSG as much as I can; I’ve never had a noticeable reaction to it, but then again, I’ve never had migraines until last February, either, so I’m not taking anything for granted.

But I won’t let these headaches stop me. If I have a bad day, I’ll deal with it and get back to life the next day. If I have a small headache in the background, I’m not going to spend my day in fear that it’s going to turn into a monster; I’m going to do all I can when I can. If that means I modify my daily to-do list, so be it. That’s better than scrapping it! If staring at the computer is hard, I’ll do the never-ending on-paper editing. Or vice versa. If lifting weights or doing a hard interval cardio workout makes a headache worse, I’ll walk. Even with a bad headache I can at least Tweet, right?

In short, I will not be deterred in 2013. Come what may, I’m taking God’s promise that His mercies are new every morning and living one day at a time. On headache days I’ll live one hour at a time. But always with the sure knowledge that I get a fresh start tomorrow. There’s not much better than that!

8 Responses to “I won’t be deterred!”

  1. Annetta Heller January 3, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    Keep on keepin on… I feel your pain and determination!

    • Jennings January 4, 2013 at 7:44 am #

      Thanks! I had to go to bed at 8:30 last night, but at least I’m well rested now, right?? 😀

  2. Jennings McCarthy January 9, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

    Hi! Amazon recommended to me Hoard of the Doges, and I had to follow up on the author. Another woman over 40…named Jennings! I thought I was the only female Jennings ever! Your bio even sounds like me, except that I travel to Taiwan, grew up in NC, and moved to California.
    Anyway, I bought your first book, and look forward to the blog posts of a different Jennings. I applaud your determination for the new year.

    • Jennings January 10, 2013 at 8:41 am #

      That’s amazing! I’ve never met another female Jennings either! I was named for my grandfather – is yours a family name? Thanks for buying the book; I hope you enjoy it! 😀

      • Jennings McCarthy March 21, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

        Oops! I didn’t come back to see if you’d replied to my original comment, but decided to visit when I saw your post of today — a good one; my mother and brother have migraine issues.
        I was given my great-grandmother’s maiden name. I don’t know why my parents reached so far back for a name, but there it is, and I’ve grown into it. And it into me.
        I’ve been enjoying reading about Brother Joao laying his trail with his wife. I save your book for the treadmill, so haven’t progressed all that quickly!

      • Jennings March 21, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

        Ah thanks!! I’m glad you’re enjoying the book. 🙂

        I feel like the whole migraine thing is such a crazy journey that I need to share what’s working. My son had them until he reached puberty, then didn’t for almost 3 years. Now that he’s on the way out of that, they’re coming back, although not as badly as before. He responded really well to Zomig’s nasal spray as a child, but he finds that the Coke/aspirin thing works great. My daughter is starting to get them (she’s 20), which is soooo too bad!

      • Jennings McCarthy March 21, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

        It really is strange how migraines come and go and affect some but not others. My brother’s tapered off in puberty and haven’t really come back — and he’s 41 now. My mother started getting them in her 20’s, like your daughter. I can’t remember what she takes for them, but she learned to recognize the aura and act immediately, so they don’t last like yours do.

      • Jennings March 21, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

        Very weird… My grandmother gets them. My mom always got “sinus headaches” but my neurologist said they’re probably migraines. There’s a lot of sinus nerve involvement in migraines. My son used to get them when he got overheated, but now he just gets them randomly. Really annoying…

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