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Trying Not To Die

You will have to forgive the lack of posts in my part. What I thought would be a productive winter break was interrupted by some sort of ick. So much was to be done! PitchMAS was a success. I'll have to talk about that later. The energy is leaving me.


I have been confined to my bedchamber for six days now, unable to write. Reading has been difficult, but I somehow managed to finish two books. I believe it was best put into glorious words by Sweet Brown, who shares my affliction, in saying that "Ain't nobody got time for that."




Bride vs Migraines

Yesterday I had another SPG nerve block for my chronic migraines. If you don't know what that is, I'll sum it up in saying that they stuck a tube up my nose and into my brain where a heavy dosage of anesthetic was injected into the nasty, mean nerve cluster which triggers my migraines. Let's get all of the basic questions out of the way:

This is my 4th one.I'm completely awake for the entire thing.They only numb my nasal canals with q-tips and some gel stuff. It tastes disgusting.It lasts for about a month or so, depending on the person and severity. (I'm still working on a schedule)Without them, I have migraines about 3 or more times a week.I will have to have this done constantly for the rest of my life until a permanent solution is found.It is a godsend and I'd probably be reduced to a little ball of screaming pain without it.
Usually, I'd be okay the day after but something wasn't right when I woke up. At the time, I was yelling at the future husband…

YALL Festival, Migraines, and getting your Brain Numbed

The YALL Festival is in Charleston this weekend. I was desperate to go and mingle with my favorite YA authors and/or future colleagues. That’s not going to happen.I have something called Chronic Migraine Syndrome. At first, it was having one or two migraines a month. Then, it turned into having three or more migraines a week. Luckily, I've been able to control them over the past three months with Sphenopalatine (SPG) Ganglion Blocks. I went from having migraines more than twice a week to none at all. It only took 30 minutes and I was fixed. It all depends on your migraine type and is usually reserved for the severest of the severe, but it is worth looking into. Nerve blocks are a magical thing. They numb the area of the brain the causes the migraines to happen. The method that was used with me can be seen at http://www.sphenocath.com/