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Esther Chaya and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
  • Seriously, the migraines are just getting worse. I rarely wake up with a migraine, because sleeping through it usually takes care of a migraine for me (which is problemmatic if I get the migraine while, say, driving...). But yes, folks, this morning I woke up with a ridiculously bad migraine. I was trying to talk to Gina and could barely get five words out in a row. Not. Good. ARGH.
    • I'm now on the phone with Seth trying to figure out other options. I accept that Depakote isn't in my immediate future. I accept that IF (on the extremely slim miracle of a chance) I ever got pregnant, I'll probably have to suffer through migraines. But I refuse to accept that I'm not allowed to be migraine-free(ish) when I'm NOT even pregnant.
      • I'm sorry I've been so focused on migraines lately. I'm just so pissed off about them. I could ignore them for a long time, but they're just getting worse, darnit.
  • No more news on my grandmother. For the past couple years she hasn't gone more than a few weeks or a month without being readmitted to the hospital. It's almost never anything seriously life threatening (except, you know, when she set herself on FIRE), but it's always something. I just don't know what to think. She's not happy (though she tends to be happier in the hospital where people don't take her crap the way my grandfather does...so she gives less crap to people). She's not healthy. She's never going to get better. I loved my grandmother, but I'm beginning to wonder if she's still in there.
  • I was up too late. And awake too early, considering the migraine status. But the glimmer of goodness in my day was the very cuddly Julian this morning. He curled up on top of me and watched Finding Nemo while I tried to wake up.
    • The glimmer of goodness didn't last long, because his morning cup of milk didn't agree with him and he threw up on my bed. Yuck.
      • Note to Self: mention to pediatrician that sometimes milk seriously doesn't agree with him. He has days where he eats nothing but dairy, but the days where even the slightest bit of dairy makes him throw up.
  • I have a pile of work to do here... normally this would be a good thing, but my head is pounding.
    • If I knew more html, I'd have made that "pounding" blink on and off or something. But I'm just not that cool.
  • I was up extremely late doing dishes, more dishes, and more dishes. And cleaning out the fridge of all our spare penicillin. Oops, didn't mean to have so many science experiments in there. Note: tofu dip doesn't get moldy. Just yucky. Fruit, however, turns all sorts of lovely colors and gets quite fuzzy. Ahem.
  • I'm beginning to freak out about this CISSP exam in August. What the hell was I thinking? HOW could I have thought I'd be ready by then? WHEN exactly am I going to study between now and then? ARGH. I am so failing this exam. Even my father, with 30 more years experience in this field than I have, struggled with this exam. Because, you know, it's written by engineers. Engineers should NEVER WRITE.
  • Seth will be at Shore Leave this weekend. Fortunately, I'll be having various Felds for shabbos dinner... they are very laid back and therefore if it doesn't all come together the way I'd like it to...it's okay.

On the other hand... my troubles are nothing compared to the bombings in London today. So I suppose I should count my abundant blessings. No, that's not sarcasm.

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ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: July 7th, 2005 02:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can see why you're annoyed. I can see from observing Walt how debilitating they are -- when he gets them, all he wants to do is hide in the dark and sleep, usually for at least a 12-hour stretch. I do hope you find a solution soon.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 7th, 2005 02:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thanks, though. :(
cleobatya From: cleobatya Date: July 7th, 2005 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
does depakote prevent you from getting preggy? i hope you feel better, i knowyour pain.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 7th, 2005 02:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, but if I got pregnant while taking depakote, BAD THINGS would happen. It's an extremely dangerous drug if you're pregnant. So even though odds are slim that I'd get pregnant anyway, if I want to take Depakote, I have to eliminate the possiblity that I could be pregnant.
beckyfeld From: beckyfeld Date: July 7th, 2005 03:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
FYI, I think the blink command is "blink".

Aaron had a similar reaction to diary products until we started giving him lactose-free milk. He can tolerate a limited amount of lactose-containing dairy products (cheese, icecream, etc), but we really try to limit his drinking milk to lactose-free. It's gotten better as he gets older, but if we're having a substantial amount of dairy product at a meal we try to get him to take a lactaid pill before eating.
indigodove From: indigodove Date: July 7th, 2005 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sheesh. I hope that things get better, particularly the migranes.
From: gittygiggles Date: July 7th, 2005 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
what about tylenol with codeine for migraines?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 7th, 2005 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
tylenol with codeine doesn't cut it. It's just not strong enough. Plus, it makes me itch.
From: gittygiggles Date: July 7th, 2005 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
it makes you ITCH? that is so odd! i wish i could wave a wand and make the migraines go away. NO ONE should have to suffer then :(

i could do a charm migraintis overmus while moving my wand in a sharp jabbing manner and then VOILA...no more migraines. alas....it sucks to be a muggle.

on the bright side, NINE MORE DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 7th, 2005 03:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yep. Itch. Apparently, according to my hubby, it's not an unheard-of side effect. Even though I find it completely ridiculous. If it fixed the pain, I'd deal with the itching, but since it doesn't make all the pain go away, the itching isn't always worth it.

SQUEEEE! I know!! I can't wait!
From: gittygiggles Date: July 7th, 2005 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
dan thinks i'm stupid for askign his parents to come to lunch so they can open it. i told him to jump in a lake ;)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 7th, 2005 03:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
also, I'd be happier if I could get back to having a preventive therapy so that I don't have to get to the point of NEEDING the painkiller so often. If I were only getting one or two a week, I could function with just taking painkillers whenever, but I'm getting them every day. And every day they are worse and worse. Taking pain medicine every single day just is hardly worth it.
leahmiriam From: leahmiriam Date: July 7th, 2005 03:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree with you regarding the preventive therapy. For a person such as yourself that suffers daily with these headaches you need to have treatment for them before they occur. How can you live day to day with a migraine? How's your speech? Is your vision ok? This worries me.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 7th, 2005 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
My vision has been blurring and various other fun things, but nothing any different than a normal migraine aura, and not to the point of obscuring my view so that it would be unsafe for me to walk around and such. My speech isn't slurred if that's what you mean, but I am having trouble focusing long enough to produce whole sentences.

I am not enjoying this, that's for sure.
From: gittygiggles Date: July 7th, 2005 04:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 7th, 2005 04:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
and then I'd be stupid!

I think I'd rather be in pain than be stupid.
From: gittygiggles Date: July 7th, 2005 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
you'd fit in with the rest of the world better if you were stupid. it seems like stupid people are gaining more and more power every day...
From: have_inner_lady Date: July 7th, 2005 03:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
even the slightest bit of dairy makes him throw up

Oh dear. Remembering a post you made months ago about the percentage of his nutritional diet that he tries to make milk, this sounds quite trying for both of you.

Is it possible that it's the particular milk? Maybe the milk you're buying has something weird in it sometimes (depending on what dairy the distributor bought the milk from that time)? I know I'm an organic freak, but it'd be interesting to know if the same thing happens if you keep the milk, but eliminate all the cow steroids and lactation drugs that come through the milk.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 7th, 2005 03:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hrm. We don't always buy the same brand of milk, but I haven't noticed if it varies from brand to brand, but I don't think it does vary. Because the milk he threw up today is the same milk he drank yesterday which didn't bother him at all.

We've cut out much of his milk consumption... he gets a cup in the morning and maybe one more mid-morning, but the rest of the day it's water or seriously diluted juice. (I'm not a big fan of giving him juice, but it's hard to keep other people from giving him juice. So now I just make sure it's diluted) It's just like one day every... maybe 10 days or so. And he's fine after he throws up. Just didn't agree with him. Sorry for being all graphic and stuff.

We could try organic milk. Is all organic milk created equal?
From: have_inner_lady Date: July 7th, 2005 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
the milk he threw up today is the same milk he drank yesterday

Well, that pretty much blows my theory. But if you're interesting in trying organic milk:

Organics are definitely not created equal. But when you're standing in the supermarket, you won't have any way of knowing the details of how a given product was produced.

For example, organic milk could be produced on a farm where cows are able to walk in and eat organic pasture, or on a farm that keeps the cows in stalls and feeds them organic grain. You may have an opinion on which is better, and may even be able to taste a difference between brands, but I have never seen milk labeled with such minute detail of the lifestyle of the cows.

Either way, it's a far cry from the typical commercial practices.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 7th, 2005 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
personally, I won't taste the difference... I don't drink milk.
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 8th, 2005 04:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I got "Nature's Best" Organic Milk while at the grocery store tonight. It says no hormones and no something or other else (I don't have it in front of me). So I'll try that and see if it makes a difference. (but YIKES was it EXPENSIVE!)
From: have_inner_lady Date: July 8th, 2005 02:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
The way I think of it is: If food were twice as expensive as it is, it still wouldn't be a financial burden -- at least not relative to its value. Food is way too cheap; I know organic farmers who make about $2/hour when it's all said and done (and in a good year). So the price tags for organics really aren't that high.

I also think about the value of food affecting the value of farmland, and how it's so much more profitable to build subdivisions than to raise food on a given piece of fertile soil. This trend frightens me. I'd like to support farmers who scream in the wind by demanding a fair price for their investment and time.

The bright side is that as more major companies are becoming involved in the organic market, the prices are starting to drop. It's just too bad they're bringing with them the self-contradiction of profit-driven organic agriculture. That's what went wrong the first time. Ah well.
kressel From: kressel Date: July 7th, 2005 05:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

Refua sheleima to you, your grandmother, and all the injured folk in London.
hopeness From: hopeness Date: July 7th, 2005 11:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry to hear you're in such pain. :(
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From: (Anonymous) Date: April 8th, 2011 07:29 am (UTC) (Link)

NATO takes over command of military operations in Libya

[b]NATO is taking over command of military operations in Libya from coalition forces, world media reported Sunday.[/b]

The UN Security Council imposed the no-fly zone over Libya on March 17, along with ordering "all necessary measures" to protect civilians from Muammar Gaddafi's attacks on rebel-held towns.

The 28 NATO ambassadors met on Sunday to decide on further military plans in Libya.

The United States transfers command for a no-fly zone over Libya to NATO, while coalition forces will continue to protect civilian population from attacks by Gaddafi forces.

The military operation in Libya, codenamed Odyssey Dawn, has been conducted so far jointly by 13 states, including the United States, Britain and France.

NATO members decided on Thursday to assume responsibility for the enforcement of a no-fly zone in Libya, but could not agree on taking full command of all military operations in the country.

Meanwhile, leaders of the 27 European Union states on Thursday issued a statement saying the EU stood ready to assist in building a new Libya "in cooperation with the United Nations, the Arab League, the African Union and others."

MOSCOW, March 27 (RIA Novosti)

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