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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!