“If you prick me, do I not . . . leak”

I used to love Star Trek : The Next Generation.  I still get a kick out of the time-space continuum episodes, but the neocon in me cringes at the relentless Leftism that some of the plots display.  Still, there were the moments.  This was one of my favorites:

That line (“if you prick me, do I not . . . leak”) has been running through my head today, ’cause I’ve got a migraine.  When I get bad migraines, my eyes tear.  I’m not crying — that is, there’s no emotion connected to the tearing.  It’s more like the pressure in my brain forcing tears out of my eyes.  In other words, like Data, I leak.

This leaking precludes higher brain function.  In addition to doing a lot today (including a self-defense against weapons class, at which I was unusually clumsy), my leaking eyes made me disinclined to sit down and blog.  It’s just distracting.

Tomorrow or the day after, when I’m feeling a little less lachrymose, I’ll tell you about the self-defense classes (yes, I took two this weekend), because they’re pretty interesting.

I’ll continue the faux Shakespearean vein of this post by saying, “now to bed,” which is definitely the best place for someone with an imminently exploding brain.


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  • http://bkivey.wordpress.com/ bkivey

    OK, anyone who likes Star Trek is going to the top of the list in my book. Your post title reminded me of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, where Christopher Plummer gives a deliciously over-the-top performance.

  • bizcor

    Bookworm my heart goes out to you. I do not get migraines but have once in a while had an excruciating headache.  I can’t imagine going through that on a regular basis.  So since we are on own here Check this out. When is racism not racism? When it is trained at a conservative black running for office. Watch the satirical video at the end.

  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

    Oh BW — so very sorry……
    Migraines are “different”, as those of us who have suffered know all too well.  There is no way to imagine just what someone with a migraine is going through – it has to be experienced.  And I do not wish THAT for anyone!
    I’m grateful to have discovered the right med for mine….and (in my experience) age lessens  the frequency, so you have something to look forward to.
    I remember when Scottie Pippen was under such brutal attack for sitting out the second half of a playoff game with a migraine, and the ignorance of those who were on his case was just stunning.  BW’s post gives the reason — there is no way for the sufferer to concentrate on anything but the headache!  Well, really on not jumping up and screaming, or rolling on the floor moaning, or whatever.  Playing ANY kind of basketball is simply out of the question!
    Sleep well…….

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    Thanks for your kind words, everyone.  I’m feeling better today.  I’ve suffered from migraines since I was 13, so I’m no stranger to the experience.  And yes, Earl, one of the compensations of aging is that they’re less frequent.  I’m also more stoic.  I don’t blog and I whine a bit, but I’m still able to get on with my life.  It also helps a lot that there are useful medicines out there. 

    I think the problem for most non-migraine sufferers is that migraines are called headaches.  They’re not.  They’re total body experiences.  When I have a really bad one, my vision is impaired, my balance is off, I have numbness on the left side of my body, etc.  It’s kind of like a mixture of stroke and stomach flu, with a headache thrown in for good measure.  Good medicine management means I don’t get those very often, thank God.  My kids, too, have learned to recognize an oncoming migraine and medicate instantly.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    I await with bated breath at your story telling, Book.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Hey Book, maybe you should try to see an acupuncturist or Chinese internal medicine/martial art practitioner to see if their methods can help.