Monday, May 19, 2008


Yesterday, I had a migraine.

I woke up with back and neck pain, due in part to the expensive pillow-top recently purchased piece of crap mattress we have (I knew we should have splurged on a Tempur-Pedic or Sleep Number bed).

Because I get rebound headaches when I take ibuprofen, I refused to take any. So I put heat on my muscles all day and iced my head, which started hurting shortly after I woke up. Despite my best efforts, it quickly went from slight annoyance to miserable pain.

So I took care of Tucker's basic needs, and cuddled him as much as I possibly could without giving into the nausea that had overtaken me. We watched Lifetime movies all day (with the volume at a barely audible level).

So then, when it came time to feed the dogs, I lamely dragged in a new 55 pound bag of dog food from the garage (which had only been there since Thursday). When I opened the bag, there was mold throughout. Not just the powdery mold - it was hairy, nasty, clumpy mold. The whole bag was ruined. "ARE YOU KIDDING ME?" kept repeating in my head.

So I took out a bag of frozen chicken and cooked it on the George Foreman. I took out a bag of frozen peas and boiled them. After dividing it all among five bowls, I poured vegetable soup over it for some flavor. The dogs loved it. But then they sat by the opened bag of spoiled dog food as if to say, "When do we get some of that?"

I barely had any energy left to make myself a sandwich.

Tucker and I went to bed at 8pm (a new record for me), and I prayed that when I woke up it the migraine would be gone. Luckily, someone took pity on me and granted my request.

So today, I can't help but look back and laugh at how absurdly miserable I was. There was nothing funny about it at the time, but I can at least smile today, thankful that yesterday is gone.

And I got through it. By myself.


Guard Wife said...

Must have been something in the air, Erin! I had a horrible headache last evening. I had, however, spent the entire day watching Lifetime movies (maybe that's the connection!?) too. I prayed the same prayer & woke up headache free. Thank goodness!

Glad you're feeling more like yourself!

Anonymous said...


go to and look up the tony little pillow it's a little pricey but well worth it -- got the larger size for bruce and the standard for me it has made a big difference even though bruce has the sleep number bed as well. hope this helps.

aunt penny

ABW said...

That sucks. Glad you are feeling better today.

For me, the scariest part of deployment is taking care of kids when you are hurting/sick/miserable.

We're always here to help too!

Uncle Dan said...

I splurged about a year ago and bought the Tempur-Pedic mattress and my sports injured injured shoulders can make it through the night. I still have to hit a hot shower in the morning to get them operating correctly. We also have a George Foreman and love it, of course that may be due to the fact that I cook with it. So far it's been grilled cheese, grilled chicken, grilled salmon & hot dogs.

Gypsy at heart said...

Congratulations, Erin! I love the way you realize you were empowered by your experience. I am sorry the animals had a better supper than you did. Glad you are feeling better....

trying said...

im glad your feeling better... its amazing how moms get thru the icky times isnt it?

i hope its a while till another migraine!

Nicole said...

I used to use a George Foreman all of the time (esp in Germany) but I got annoyed because it was so hard to clean, especially if I used any kind of marinade. Do you have any good cleaning suggestions?

Erin said...


I really don't have any special tricks for cleaning the G.F. However, I have learned if I wait until the next day to clean it, it's even more of a pain in the ass. So I stick it in the sink (with the lid flipped up and the cord out of the sink, of course) and let screaming hot water run over it while I scrub the hell out of it. Then I take the little sprayer on my sink and rinse it off. But I think it's a pain no matter how you do it.

By the way, I haven't read your blog in months because I'm not on your list...And I feel like I have no idea what's going on with you. Could you put my name on the list so I could come visit you? :)