It dragged me around for most of yesterday and then kicked my ass into bed at 7pm. Luckily, the four year old cooperated as well. Took my medicine, slept on and off for most of the night, but it’s still here.

Hopefully, I can get some work done today (p. 309!) because I’ve got a deadline for myself to finish the 1st draft by October 10th. So pretend you’re all editors and contact me on the morning of the 10th asking where my work is. We’ll play, I’ve got a dealine, you’ve got a dealine, we’ve all got a deadline…(I did mention the migraine meds, yes?)

Anyway, here’s a list of famous migraine sufferers. It always makes me stop and think:

  • Franz Kafka
  • C.S. Lewis
  • J.M. Barrie
  • Virginia Wolf
  • Miguel DeCervantes
  • Vincent VanGogh (Starry, Starry Night, one of my favorite paintings, was painted during one of his migraine fits – often thought of as fits of insanity)
  • Georges Seruat
  • Julius Caesar
  • Napoleon
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Ulysses S. Grant
  • Robert E. Lee
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Elvis
  • Lizzie Borden (let’s not go there, but did I ever tell you I saw an opera based on her life? Again, let’s not go there)
  • (small confession: I really wanted to use the li Word Press Code)

    Also, here are some things you probably shouldn’t say to a migraine sufferer :

    1. It’s all stress. (I. Wish.)

    2. Maybe you should go for a nice massage (one of my very best friends used to say this to me every single time I had a migraine. She got one recently, after the birth of her first child, and told me that she curled in bed, rocking back and forth. I had to ask her, of course, if she was thinking even the tiniest bit about massages. She assured me that she was not.)

    3. I’ll bet a walk would help (sure, while you’re at it, make sure there’s blinding sunlight and the smell of fresh flowers – how much worse could the headache get, really?)

    4. I told you to go to the headache center, but why listen to me? (come on, I’ll bet you know by now who said that…think smoothies.)

    And my favorite, which I just heard yesterday:

    5. I had a friend who had those – they had to take out part of her brain. (did they take out part of yours as a two-for-one special?)

    Steph T.