Thursday, March 20, 2014

March 2014 Western New York Migraine and Headache Disorder Support Group Meeting

Announcing the March 2014 Western New York Migraine and Headache Disorder Support Group Meeting

The next meeting of the Western New York Migraine and Headache Disorders Support Group is being held on Monday, March 24, 2014. Our meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the conference room of the Dent Tower, 3980 Sheridan Ave., Amherst, N.Y. 14226.

We will be having an "open topic" night, so feel free to bring any questions and/or concerns you'd like to discuss about migraine and headache disorders. This confidential, caring support group provides accurate information and education about migraine and headache disorders.

We do ask that you abstain from wearing perfume, cologne, scented aftershave, scented lotions and/or hair products as these are strong migraine triggers for some people. The lights are kept low to help anyone who has light sensitivity issues and feel free to bring your eye wear if you feel the lighting may be problematic.

If you have questions or concerns, please fee free to contact me at I look forward to seeing you Monday, March 24, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Thanks for reading,

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

It's time to enjoy the March 2014 Headache Disorders & Migraine Blog Carnival!


Diana Lee at is hosting the March 2014 Headache Disorders and Migraine Blog Carnival. The theme this month is "Head Above Water: What Keeps you going when you're struggling to cope with living with Migraine and another Headache Disorder"?
I didn't write anything this month as I planned to because I've had a hard time keeping my head about water this month like many of you have. This winter has been very harsh on  us which has not helped those struggling with depression. It's been difficult to get out of bed some days, so I would say I've not been coping all that well - hence, no post.

But reading these wonderful blogs has shown me that once again, I am not alone in this struggle and that, this too shall pass. I'd like to share them with you, "Head Above Water".

Looking forward, April's theme for the Headache Disorder & Migraine Blog Carnival is "Your favorite Headache Disorders-related blog post since the last carnival". Your blog entry is due to Diana at  by Friday, April 11, 2014 at midnight and will be posted on Monday April 14, 2014. If you have questions about the carnival, contact Diana at the Headache Disorders and Migraine Blog Carnival.      

Thank you for reading, it means more to me then you know,


Monday, March 3, 2014

Migraine, Perfectionism and the Cold

It's been a long time since I've updated my blog because my desire to write evaporated and I've been feeling plagued by others perfectionism. But no more. See, the thing is I'm not a linguistic genius or ever claimed to be a "writer"so if you came here looking for perfection without grammatical errors, and/or to be critical of my 'writing' please stop reading and move along to a grammatically correct blog. If you want to read an honest account about the ups and downs of my life with migraine and other chronic conditions - make yourself comfortable.

Yes, the number in the photo is correct - 41 degrees F - which happened to coincide with one of the coldest nights of the year here in Buffalo, N.Y. Here's what happened.

My furnace has been acting funny for a while, leaking water from the humidifier, not clicking on when it's really cold and other irritating things. I've been able to deal with these "little" nuisances by making quick fixes like putting a bucket under the drip (needing to be emptied every few hours) manually turning on the furnace and using a fan to dry the never ending soaking wet carpet.

Last Thursday around 5:30 p.m. my furnace decided it wasn't going to play nice any longer and thought it would be a good idea for water to pour (not drip) out and make odd buzzing sounds. When the buzzing grew louder I knew it was time to shut it down and call Tom, my heating and cooling man. His quick response set me at ease saying he would be over in about a half hour. A half hour turned into an hour and a half and then the dreaded call came - "Any chance you have a fireplace or space heater so you can make it  through the night?  I can be at your house at 8:30 tomorrow morning."

UGH!! Yes, I do have a fireplace but it hasn't been used in five years and my family room has a separate heater. I begrudgingly told Tom I could wait until tomorrow morning to have my furnace fixed. Of course I didn't know my house would get down to 41 degrees F! 

I gathered flannel sheets, two comforters, one of the quilts a dear friend of mine made, a thermal blanket, and slept on the couch in the family room. I was bundled up past my nose (which gets incredibly cold due to Raynaud's) and had a pillow at the head of the couch to block the breeze coming from the rest of the house. To say the least it was not a very restful night.

Tom arrived closer to 9:00 a.m. but fixed my furnace in short order.  Yes, HEAT! It only took three quarters of the day to warm my house back up.

Now if this had happened a year ago I would have broken down becoming overwhelmed and anxious. But I am getting used to this kind of 'stuff' all while waiting for the other shoe to drop - it always does.  

Thanks for reading,


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