The perils of living alone

The observant among you may have noticed that it’s been a whole week since I last blogged. That’s because this is the first day since then that I’ve actually felt up to posting anything. You see, last Saturday, while tidying the flat, I gave myself concussion – which just goes to show housework is dangerous and should be avoided at all costs. There I was sweeping up underneath the boiler, went to stand up and *BANG* went my head against the boiler. Which is made of metal, as boilers tend to be. It hurt… a lot. Six hours later I still had a headache. And three hours after that. In fact, I had a headache until Thursday when I finally, finally started feeling almost normal again. The NHS direct website told me if it was just a headache and no other symptoms I should be fine, but the first night I should have someone wake me up every 2 hours and ask me simple question, like my name or address. Yeah… easier said than done when you live alone and your boyfriend is in LA. So I set my phone to wake me up every two hours, just to see if I would wake up. Not sure what I would have done if I hadn’t mind, but you have to remember I wasn’t thinking straight…. Anywaaay, by Monday I still had a headache and Jan was home, so I got him to make me a doctor’s appointment for after work, which is where I was told I probably had mild concussion and prescribed some painkillers which tasted awful (apparantly they contain raspberry and cream flavouring… I will never look at a raspberry the same way again!), but they worked. For the most part anyway. Sitting in front of a computer all day trying to translate did nothing for my poor head (which is why I didn’t really feel up to blogging either) but as the boss and his wife were off last week I couldn’t really take time off as my colleague would have been alone. But never mind, I am better now and today Jan took me to a furniture shop and I finally bought lights for my ceilings. Can you believe the Germans actually take the lights away with them when they move out of a place? Up to now I’ve been surviving with lamps!

Anyway, I am off to spend some quality time with the boyfriend. I promise to come and catch up on all your blogs tomorrow though. Don’t worry, the flat is tidy at the moment so I won’t be giving myself concussion again any time soon…

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Meh

– I’m exhausted
– I have a headache…
– … and period pains
– There’s a huge spot on my chin
– I finished my book on the way to work this morning and had nothing to read on the tram home
– I’ve been home exactly 10 minutes and now I have to go out again to do the shopping
– I haven’t done this week’s reading for the Text Linguistics module
– There’s an exercise that we’re supposed to do after the reading. Funnily enough I haven’t done that either.
– I haven’t had a proper holiday since July 2007 (a weekend trip to the UK complete with 9 hours in Dublin    airport does not count as a holiday)

Thank God it’s Friday.
I think I need a drink….

Today could have been so good…

… if only I wasn’t so bloody tired.
Seriously, I’ve spent the whole day trying not to fall asleep at my desk. (HA! Wouldn’t have made a brilliant impression so aoon after the last talking to.) It didn’t help that I spent most of the morning proofreading a humongous SAP translation (SAP = Systems Applications and Products. Random database software. They have all their own random terminology that has to be stuck to at all costs even though half of it sounds utterly crap). Also I have had a headache all day.

Comfort food needed me thinks. Mashed potatoes with gravy for tea then.

The lesser of two evils

I’m currently trying to decide whether to go over my boyfriend’s place or not.
Tonight is bar night here in my student residence, and my room is right above the bar. That means very loud music, random people talking outside… just generally noisiness basically. Bar night plus headache – probably not good. So Jan suggested I go over to his place. The advantage is no bar. The disadvantage? If I decide to go over there I have to take a tram across town. Before that I have to get my stuff together for a night over there and for work tomorrow. All with a headache. He’s going to call in a minute to find out what I want to do. And I have no idea which option makes me feel less ill.
Decisions, decisions.

The saga continues…

The saga of the headache that is.

So yesterday I finally managed to recover enough to drag myself to the shops in search of something to take to work for my lunch today. When I left the house I felt ok, a slight tightness in the head area reminding me that not much early it had been aching, but basically I was ok. By the time I returned (about 20 minutes later) the pain had returned with a vengeance. It got so bad that I finally gave in and took some Ibuprofen before calling my boyfriend to ask when he would be coming over. He said half an hour, so I switched off the light and lay down on the bed. The pain died down, whether because of headache tablet or the darkness I’ll probably never know. I don’t really care. The pain in my head decreased enough to stop making me feel sick, that’s all that matters. Later Jan came home and made me a cup of tea and some potato croquettes (the only thing that I could even consider eating), which I drank and ate in my dimly lit room. Then we went to be incredibly early to get a good night’s sleep. You’d think after that I’d have felt perfectly fine this morning, but no. I woke up to find my headache still there. Not as bad as it had been, but definitely there. And it’s been gradually getting worse throughout the day. I’ve been trying out various methods of stopping the pain.Here are some things I’ve found out:

  • Sleeping is good for headaches. While you’re asleep you don’t feel the pain. If you’re lucky the pain will actually stay away once you wake up.
  • If you still feel even the slightest bit of pain when you wake up getting out of bed will make the headache come back. Lying down in a darkened room is good. Getting up to go to the toilet causes pain.
  • The big light on my ceiling is evil. It’s far too bright, and it shines in my face when I lie on the bed. This makes my head feel much worse.
  • The little reading lamp next to the bed is good. I can point it away from me towards the ceiling. This allows me to see the incredibly hot tea I’m trying to drink without making me head worse.
  • Tea is good. Tea makes the pain go away, at least while I’m drinking the tea. The effect even lasts for a few minutes after the tea is finished. I like tea.
  • Water, on the other hand, is crap. There are billions of websites out there telling you drinking water will cure a headache. Ha! All it did for me was make me get up three times in the night to pee.  Totally crap.

I’m off now to make a nice cup of headache curing tea. Hopefully by this time tomorrow I’ll be back to my usual headache free self.

Begone headache!

I have a headache. I had a headache last night as well. Yesterday I thought it was caused by sitting in front of a big window at work with the sun streaming in directly onto my head. I’m the only person in the world who can get too much sun without even going out in the sun! Last night I drank lots of water and green tea, had soup for tea (liquid and salt – good against dehydration and also helpful in replacing the stuff you lose by sweating). By the time I went to bed I still had a headache, but once I was in bed and the room was dark it eased off enough for me to go to sleep.

And now I have a headache again. It started at around 1pm. Luckily I was sent home from my internship early again cos there was no work for me to do. Today I haven’t been sitting in the sun. I was sitting in front of the window, but the blinds were down. OK, the little slitty things were open to let the light in, but there was no sun shining directly on me. It was nice and shady. This is not a too much sun type headache.
I thought it might be dehydration. I did drink at work, but only a cup of green tea and one glass of water. So I spent the entire tram ride home alternately drinking my water and putting it on my forehead. It seemed to help a little, but the headache was still there when I got home. So I drank a bottle and a half of water (half litre bottles this is), sprayed myself with some nice cool water and went to bed for an hour. The headache was gone when I woke up, but as soon as I got up to go to the loo it came back again. That was three hours ago. Since then I’ve drank another two bottles of water . The only affect they seem to have is making me want to pee. I don’t think it’s dehydration somehow! The only thing that seems to help is spraying water at my face and the top of my head. My hair is currently soaking. I was hoping to get rid of the pain naturally, but I may have to take a painkiller soon. I need to go into town and buy something for lunch tomorrow.

If anyone has a) any idea what might be causing my headache or b) an instant headache cure other than what I’ve already tried please leave a message in my comments box. As long as it’s nothing too weird (or poisonous) I’m willing to try it!

My boyfriend, my hero

Last night, at 20 past 8, Jan called me. His friend, whose birthday it was, had just asked him if he wanted to come into town and meet her and her boyfriend for a drink. He was calling to ask me if I wanted to join them. I was starting to get a headache so I told him I would give it a miss, take some Ibuprofen and try to get an early night.After hanging up I duly took my Ibuprofen along with half a bottle of water.
Over the next hour and a bit I drank so much water I felt as if I should be drowning from the inside. By 10 o’clock I was feeling pretty much fine, I was just a little tired and my sunburn was stinging a bit. Oh, and the headache seemed to be trying to come back. Great I thought. No major signs of sunstroke yet. I should be ok now. I decided to go to bed.

I shut down the computer, went to the loo, took another Ibruprofen, got into my pyjamas. Then I went over to the sink to brush my teeth…
The second the toothpaste hit my mouth I felt like I was about to throw up. Somehow I didn’t. I managed to finish brushing my teeth then rinsed my mouth out with lots of water. It seemed to help – once the toothpaste taste was out of my mouth I stopped feeling sick. Then I got into bed. 5 minutes later I started to feel dizzy. How is it possible to feel dizzy when you’re lying down?? Not long after that I realised I felt sick again. I went to the toilet and threw up the tiny little bit of pizza that wa still left in my stomach. Great fun. I dragged myself back to bed and tried to sleep. I couldn’t sleep. I felt terrible. I switched on the light and picked up the phone to call my boyfriend.

“Either you do not have enough credit to make this call or the person you are trying to reach is unavailable”. I stared at my phone in disbelief. I couldn’t possibly have used up all 15 euros of my credit already could I? Maybe Jan was in a pub somewhere and had no network?
I resigned myself to a miserable night without my boyfriend… for all of 2 minutes. Then I decided to find out how much credit was on my phone. 28 cents!! Apparantly I could have used up 15 euros of credit already. But 28 cents was enough to send a text message! I sent a message to Jan – “please call me”. He called before I’d even received the delivery report. “Do you feel worse?” was the first thing he said. I told him I had been sick and asked where he was. “At my place” he replied. “Oh,” I said. “If you’d still been in town I was going to ask you to come over, but it doesn’t matter.” Being the wonderful boyfriend he is, he said he still could come over if I wanted. I would just have to wait a while because he was eating. “Yes please” I said, pathetically. “I just don’t want to be alone.” “Go to bed” he told me. “I’ll be there as soon as I can”.
An hour later my lovely, lovely boyfriend turned up. He refilled my water bottle and put water in an extra one just in case. He fetched me a bucket of water from the kitchen in case I needed to be sick again. Then he got into bed and just held me. I still felt sick, my head was still killing, but it was all so much more bearable with someone there to look after me.

I have the best boyfriend in the world!