Wednesday, July 27, 2011


When I was growing up (as if that was going to happen!), my mother would say, "I have a TERRIFIC headache!"  She often had headaches and I never thought much about the words until I got older and thought, "What's so terrific about her headache?"  Okay, I was a weird kid, I know, with a strange sense of humor.  A bit like Wednesday Addams but I didn't dress all in black.

So Saturday I got a terrific headache - a real doozy of a migraine - that wiped me out for 2 days and Monday wasn't that great, either.  Then this morning, after sleeping in late (it was 9:15 am when I looked at the clock), I had the visual neon zigzags that says, "Welcome to your terrific headache!"  Took a pill quickly, had some caffeine and it's easing off but not completely gone and

the roofers are back on the roof installing the leaf/gutter guards! 


I hope your day is headache free.


Carrie'sCreations said...

Hope you're feeling better soon!

Suzanne McDermott said...

I hope that the pain and (all) the pounding are gone by the time you read this. I have to tell you, though... I think your mother (while she may very well have had a headache), was quoting FDR's last words. "I have a terrific headache!"

Suzanne McDermott said...

PS I forgot to mention that FDR was sitting for a portrait painter when he had the cerebral hemorrhage (that brought on the terrific headache).

Caroline said...

Get better soon Rhonda!

hw (hallie) farber said...

I've only had one migraine and it was terrible. I occasionally get the zigzags but not the accompanying headaches. Feel better.

Gaylynn said...

Oh, Rhonda, I am sorry that you have had this "terrific" migraine. I know they are no fun. I hope the pounding of the roofers did not send you in a tizzy and wish you a better tomorrow.

Gary L. Everest said...

Hello Rhonda,
I'm whispering so as not to aggravate the pain. I was just wondering...have you had a look at your "pained" portrait in this condition?
And if so, what did you feel when viewing it?
Dumb questions, eh? Sorry for being so clinical, but the scientist in me trumped the caring, feeling, warm and sensitive me.
Feel free not to answer--I'll understand.
I just hope the tadpoles don't feel your pain. It might kill the poor things.
Best wishes for a quick recovery.

crocoite said...

Hi Rhonda. What you do when you have a headache is paint! We use a different side of our brain for creative stuff to the side that controls pain receptors. Our brains can't handle both at once, and the creative side often wins the battle. Try it. It works!


AutumnLeaves said...

Having dealt with migraines on many an occasion, I can say that I so understand your pain. Fear of them has me gulping five to six aspirin when any headache comes on (aspirin tend to work for me), followed by an expensive imitrex, and maybe even a second if the aspirin don't work. Ice bags, dark rooms, and a bucket for throwing up. Gah! I do hope and pray that your headache eases Rhonda!

RH Carpenter said...

You are all so supportive of me (not just my artwork) and I so appreciate it! This morning, reading all these posts wishing me well and a headache that is gone, baby, gone, I felt a lightness and a smile come to me. Thank you all so much for that!

Suzanne, I never heard that history - will have to research it a bit. It could be that she was quoting him - I'll have to ask her where she heard that saying!

Gary, your clinical side made me curious...but so far, no migraine this morning so I'll have to remember to look at the portrait when I'm having a migraine next time! ha ha

Steve, I am willing to try anything when these things start coming twice a week - so next time I start feeling the creepies crawling in my head, I'll go paint instead and let you know if it worked!

Autumn, although I get the nausea, I rarely get so bad I have to have a bucket by my bed (although that has happened). I thought I might be past migraines at a certain age, having them since I was 21 (never before) and getting them often when I was younger - tried all the meds and now am taking Maltex (melts in your mouth under your tongue) when the aura starts. Expensive meds!!

debwardart said...

You have my sympathy. Sure wish you would out grow these headaches (I'm trying my best to make you laugh, OK!) Sometimes hot rag over my eyes and a hot bath would help mine, but, jeez, probably not in this weather. So sorry you have to go through these so often.

jgr said...

Hi Rhonda,
I'm glad you're feeling better. I get migraines too and it is NO fun. Thanks for your comment.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Jane and Deb! Deb, I haven't outgrown them yet - in fact, I think I grew into them!! Better today but busy stuff going on around here for a while.

Pam Johnson Brickell said...

Hoping this finds you headache free!! Today (Friday) is the day of the new moon. Very powerful time to cleanse the body. Perhaps a bit of nettle tea will clear away what's stimulating your pain. Do take good care!