Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Good, The Bad and the OMFG

Where to start? Oh, I know! The good! I'm pretty excited about the good. I'm halfway through my first NaNoWriMo, literally. I've passed the 25k mark and I couldn't be happier. Things aren't going quite the way I expected with Noble Blood, but that's half the fun of something like this. Start writing and see where it takes you without editing.

Admittedly, I did go back and add a character that I'd completely forgotten about. And since she's both important to the current plot and the heroine of the next book, well, I couldn't leave her completely out. But I didn't flesh her scenes out, just put them in so I remember to take care of it in The Meat Grinder. I had a working title for Shane Joloun Dunne's book, but it will probably be changed thanks to the way this girl is working out. I'm thinking the title might be something along the lines of Treasured.

Second (the bad), I'm finally going to see my doctor about my migraines and possibly switching my medication. The Imitrex keeps me from descending into the bowels of hell while a sadistic gnome tries to batter his way out of the top of my skull with a ballpeen hammer. (Do they still make those?) But I'm hearing from a lot of other migraine sufferers that my symptoms should go away after taking these meds and, since they're not I should switch it out.

Now I don't get migraines that come, I say "Owie", I take Excedrin Migraine and I'm better in a day or two. I get puking so hard you're peeing yourself while every mote of light is a stab at your brain through your eyeballs for about an hour. That lovely experience is followed by the feeling that your head is both floating and about to explode, and God forbid any lights are on between me and the bed. Then I pretty much pass out with a cold wet washcloth over my face. Yeah. Those kinds of migraines. The ones you hear about and think "It can't be that bad." Well, I've gone through a birth where they turned off the epidural and my son got stuck in my pelvis (a nurse I know actually winced when I told her that); I've had the front of a tooth sheer completely off, exposing the nerve, and had to wait a day before a dentist could see me; and I've had migraines.

I debate which one I'd rather go through. They're that bad. The Imitrex so far, if I take it at the right time, keeps me from getting sick. I still get the migraine, but not as badly. And yes, I'm learning all my triggers. Sodium nitrate has pretty much been eliminated from my diet, but there's not much I can do about weather changes. Stress will always be there but I'm learning to let things go since it's a major player in whether or not I'll get one. Still, if I can stop it in its tracks that would be so much better. Hence me actually listening to people and going to the doctor.

Pity my husband. Getting me to worry about my own health is like dragging an elephant by its trunk while someone tries to shove a Buick-sized pill up its butt. I worry a lot more about him and the kids than I do about me. He's the one who called the doc!

Now for the OMFG. I got a tweet from the lovely Bree half of Moira Rogers letting me know that Dare to Believe was #2 at FictionWise. And Bella, one of the Samhain Cafe moderators, let me know that Only In My Dreams is #1 at MBaM! How freakin' cool is that?


Anonymous said...

This is going to sound strange, but I used to get migraines just like yours. Pain so bad that I puked, which made the pain even worse. Imitrex took off the edge, like it does for you. I was at the max dosage level and still occasionally had to go to the ER for Demerol to break the pain. About 6 months ago my doctor put me on an anti-depressant called Lexapro. I take it every evening before bed. The caveat to this med was that I couldn't take my Imitrex because they perform the same function, causing Serotonin to not be reabsorbed by the brain. Here is the weird part, I've only had one migraine since I started the Lexapro and that one was so mild that I only needed Aleve to take the edge off enough for it to be gone in several hours instead of 2-3 days.
According to my doctor, who has since referred me to a psychiatrist, my migraines are stress/depression induced.

Dana Marie Bell said...

That's not sounding strange at all. I know stress plays a huge factor in my migraines, so I try to do things to lower that stress factor, like the hubster taking over the bills and dealing a little more with the kidlets. They lowered in intensity when I cut certain foods out, so I wave away those hot dogs and tell people I have an allergy. (Yeah, an allergy to PAIN.)

I'm glad to hear the medication is working for you. It will be interesting to see what my doc says. I'll post a follow-up comment when I get back this afternoon. :D

Dana Marie Bell said...

Hey Anonymous! They've put me on an anti-depressant! LOL! They've put me on a very low dose as a preventative, and they told me that the one they picked has been known to also help with arthritis symptoms, so bonus! They also upped my Imitrex. So you called it! :D

Anonymous said...

Yay!!! I hope it works as well for you as it does for me.

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