I really have nothing to say

HeadacheSome time ago, I don’t quite remember when, I told you that my output was slow because I was adjusting to a new medicine for controlling my migraines.  Fortunately, not only did the medicine work against the headaches, I also got used to it sufficiently to get my old brain back.  Sadly, though, as is often the case with these medicines, it suddenly stopped doing its job.

Since life with migraines isn’t much to celebrate, I contacted my neurologist, who has put me on a new medicine to control migraines.  I’ve been on the medicine for three days now, and have been migraine-free for the second and third day, so that’s a good sign.

The down side of this experiment is that, as happened with the last go-round of migraine medicines, the creative, analytical part of my brain has shut down.  I usually see words and ideas in these layered, interlocking dimensions.  Ideas for posts explode in my head and the posts pretty much write themselves (for better or worse, as the case may be).

Today, however, with the new medicine doing its anti-migraine magic, I can barely think in one dimension, let alone multiple, interlocking layers.  Ideas float vaguely through my head — e.g., “Obama = hubris = ancient Greeks = new concept in America, which hasn’t ever had rule by an unfettered monarch” — only to lie there.  I can’t build them into anything.

I anticipate that, as happened the last time around, my brain will adjust and I’ll start being able to write with fluidity and verve again (for better or worse, as the case may be).  Until then, I hope you’ll bear with me if my blogging is a little weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable.

In the meantime, if you’re desperate for Bookworm prose with some life behind it, feel free to check out my latest collection, The Bookworm Returns : Life in Obama’s America. Moreover, if you read it, and if you like it, and if you feel in the mood to do a little writing yourself, please don’t hesitate to leave a review at the Amazon page. (Will you think me weak and hypocritical if I don’t suggest that those who dislike it leave reviews as well?)

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  • sabawa

    Ouch!   Hope you find some long term relief and a fully lubricated brain soon.    I fought those headaches for 20+ yrs…..until I turned 50.   Then they disappeared……coincidentally, my kids were on their own, too.   Your writing is worth a read no matter how things stack up.

    • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

      Thanks for the hopeful words, sabawa.  My migraines have been accelerating as I get older, but it might just be a last hurrah before they go away for good.

  • http://vinnysrants.blogspot.com vinny

    Some free advice: 
    If you were happy with the old medicine, perhaps you can return to it. It may still be effective during your usual routine of a day, but perhaps you recently challenged your body to a greater degree than this medicine could handle. You just published a book, had a stressful weekend, and I imagine your sleep was far worse than during a more ordinary times. When life returns to normal, you can try returning to your prior medication.

    • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

      That thought occurred to me, vinny.  My past experience is that I need to be away from a med for several months before my body is willing to pretend its new. 

      But you’re certainly right about the stress.  I’m having knee surgery again this coming Monday.  That’s not a big deal, since it’s outpatient stuff.  The big deal is that, for the past several months, I haven’t been able to do any exercise other than brisk walking on level ground.  I’m hoping to return to martial arts after the surgery but, if I can’t, I’ve got to find something more than just walking around to take the edge off.

      • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

        You can try body weight exercises, stretching, and various other flexibility based strength training. Now why can’t I remember the website. http://www.rmaxinternational.com/tacfit/
        There it is.

  • http://rockportconservatives.blogspot.com/ Ruth H

    My niece has been a sufferer of extreme migraines for years.  She has been down so many meds, botox, etc. But about a year ago she had an experimental device implanted with electrodes to  her head (brain?), a pain control device which has changed her life. I do not know the name of it but you might want to consider that if it comes down to it. You neurologist should know what I am referring to.  Good luck, I hope you med keeps helping.

    • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

      So far, Ruth H, conventional medicines are working, although not without downsides.  I’ll certainly keep that implant in mind, since migraines are a problem for all of us in the family.

  • sabawa

    Here’s hoping for that last hurrah.
    I assume you check/avoid your food triggers, too.  

  • ELaineT

    I was getting worse & worse migraines over the years as I got closer to fifty and took spot treatment meds life Frova to get through.  Then I was diagnosed as endocrine challenged (thyroid, specifically) and that treatment dealt with the migraines, too.   You might want to get checked over for endocrine issues.
    I’ve seen claims that it all comes down to neurotransmitters, too, and there are some doctors out there using that angle with some success.
    otherwise, I hope what your neurologist does starts working better for you.  Been there, glad not to be there now.

    • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

      Thyroid’s all good, thankfully.  Or maybe not thankfully.  It would be nice to have a switch like that, where you just take meds to increase the thyroid output, and suddenly migraines go away and energy levels go up.  😉