Closed Due To Storm Damage

Kage Baker got migraines sometimes. Poor Kage would suffer excruciating pain, tunnel vision, kinesthesia, and what she described as  “My thoughts hurt.” What this meant, we were never sure as she could not remember the sensation afterward. But it stopped her in her tracks.

I get them, too. (Another sister of ours only got them when she was pregnant; yet another only got them when she was not pregnant. Yes, there a lot of us, and we are all wired funny.) But I don’t get pain: just amazing visual distortions. I see a glittering silver and black Art Deco pattern; it starts in the corners of my visual field and gradually webs over everything I see. Oh, and my depth perception program pretty much crashes, and is replaced by one apparently intended for someone 9 feet tall with one eye in the middle of her forehead.

It doesn’t hurt, but it still leaves me incapable of just about anything.

It’s starting now. The Art Deco shiny is beginning to frame the world. I must go lie down for the duration of the neuron storm.

This blog will resume tomorrow, when my nervous system gets over itself.

Tomorrow: neuronormalcy, or as close as I get.

About Kate

I am Kage Baker's sister. Kage was/is a well-known science fiction writer, who died on January 31, 2010. She told me to keep her work going - I'm doing that. This blog will document the process.
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3 Responses to Closed Due To Storm Damage

  1. Luisa Puig Duchaineau says:

    Oh Kathleen, I’m so sorry for you, even though the Art Deco frame pattern sounds very pretty. My migraine visuals are more along the Italian Florentine embroidery style. Thank heavens you don’t get the pain, though. While I can’t describe it quite as well as Kage did, the ‘thoughts hurting’ does come close.

    Rest and recuperate. We, your loyal audience, will patiently wait for you to regain good health, and then we will all be delighted to follow you along the Kage/Kathleen/DCF journeys you are sharing with us. Until then, continue to care for your self. Ciao. *L*

  2. Teri Pettit says:

    I get visual migraines, too, but instead of starting at the corners and spreading inward, they start as a dot (usually just one, although sometimes two or three) at the center of my field of view that turns into a ring, and then the ring gets bigger and bigger until it covers about 2/3 of my visual field, at which point it gradually fades away. The whole process takes about 20 to 40 minutes.

    The ring itself consists of a bunch of randomly oriented overlapping triangles, V’s and L shapes, like chiseled etched glass, where the V shape will be both lighter and darker than the background, just like when light hits cut glass. It moves and shifts a bit, and fractalizes things too much to see much around the actual ring. The interior inside the ring is fairly normal, but blurrier and with muted light/dark contrast, like viewed through a plastic bag. I liken it to filling a kaleidoscope where the main lens is mostly translucent with triangular chips of crystal, and turning it until the chips are all around the outside.

    The ring is so distracting that it draws your attention and is hard to keep your attention on the middle even though I can see through the middle if I concentrate hard on not looking at the sparkly ring(s). If I am driving when one starts, I find someplace quiet to go sit and relax until it goes away.

    Is this sort of like yours? The angularity is kind of art deco-like, but I associate art deco with a much less chaotic patterns.

    I’ve heard that what visual migraines and migraine headaches have in common is that they are caused by cranial blood pressure on nerves. In one case the optic nerve, and in the more debilitating case of headaches, on pain nerves.

    • Kate says:

      Terri – that sounds very similar to mine! Mine, though, are definitely curvier and symmetrical patterns; and the jet-and-crystal sparkle effect is pronounced. And actually quite attractive, if only it were not obscuring my vision. It always starts at the corners and spreads in, eventually becoming a ring in the center of my field of vision – then it fades out. And yes, it is extremely distracting and one cannot ever drive through it!

      I suppose the differences are due to slightly different placement of cranial nerves, degrees of myelization and other fascinating variables. Luisa reports patterns more like Italianate embroidery … I wonder what all this might say about our individual patterns of visualization and imagination, as well? Kage, for instance, always saw multi-colours like a kaleidescope.

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