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.
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!