Saturday, September 30, 2006


You know, people have told me about migraine headaches - but I never really REALLY knew what they were like until this past Wednesday night.

All day Wednesday I felt kinda.... off. Slightly headache-y & like I was coming down with something. Also really tired. I figured it was just a hold over from the night before and that I'd catch up with my sleep when I got home. The kids were w/X and J coming over later.

Didn't happen. I was in the middle of making the kids' lunch when all of a sudden: Must Lie Down Right Now. And there I stayed for the next hour - alternatively sweating and shivering, feeling like I was going to be sick, head hurting so badly that I just thought it would pop off.

Then, by about 9:30 or so, it was fine.

So in reading up about migraines, I find out that they occur most frequently in women between the ages of 35 - 45 - because that is the time in their lives when they "do the most" - kids, job, etc.

"... migraine headaches are more common in women. In fact, about three out of four people who have migraines are women. They are most common in women between the ages of 35 and 45; this is often a time that women have more job, family, and social commitments. Women also tend to report higher levels of pain, longer headache time, and more symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting.
Hormones may also trigger migraine. Over half of women with migraine report having them right before, during, or after their period. Others get them for the first time when taking birth control pills. And some women start getting them when they enter menopause."

So, I pretty much fall into all the categories. Granted I've been under lots of stress for at least the past oh, two, three, four, five, six.... seveneightnineten years - one could argue that Tuesday night was especially stressful - plus I had just gotten my period, plus just started a new birth control. Plus lets not forget the mice. Never had mice before.

By the time J was over - I was pretty much fine... but I tell you -- the fear that I would get another was horrible! Hope to hell it doesn't happen again.

Monday, September 25, 2006

And now you know...

... the rest of the story. Or maybe not if you didn't read my other half. (I'm workin' it. I'm workin the two blog thing - as if you couldn't tell!)

So, my cousin's husband goes: "I find it so funny how you have two active boys!" And I was like "Yeah, I always thought I'd have two, quiet little bookish girls..."

And it's true. They are a lot. Little energizer bunnies.... Always in competition with each other, and at the same time very fiercely loyal. It's always a learning experience to just watch.

But, I'm always thinking that - well - I'm a woman. I'm a woman, and not a horribly athletic or adventurous woman (well, not those sorts of outdoorsy, mountain climbing, heights jumping, tightrope walking sort of adventures.) And yes, of course they have a Dad... but let's face it - one night a week and every other weekend... not so much.

SO - very long way of saying that this past weekend was so nice because I realized how many MALE relatives I have, and how all my male relatives have GIRLS and how they LOVE to play with my BOYS! It was perfect!

My boys were thrown, rolled, karate kicked, ninja punched, boxed, summer saulted, and flipped for nearly two days straight. They call my mom's cousin "madman" (which I secretly think he likes!), love talking to my mom's brother about how he was a soldier, talking to my mom's other brother about tennis... etc, etc, etc

Just kinda drove home the whole "It Takes a Village" idea... made me appreciate my family all the more and saved me a few ninja bruises, as well!