Kage Baker suffered from migraines. So do I.

She got them from too much sugar, bright sunlight, fatigue, general bad vibes and (she claimed) wearing quartz crystals. I have no idea what triggers mine. For all I know, I get them when Mercury is retrograde – whenever that is, I’m not sure. But I get them in my sleep as well as while awake (the black and silver thorn patterns that show up in my dreams are diagnostic) and I know I don’t go out and roll in quartz crystals in my sleep.

Kage suffered because they hurt her badly, and she couldn’t read or write when she had them. I suffer because mine don’t hurt, and so I try to tough them out. When that happens, I make mistakes in whatever I am doing. I lose my place in books, type badly, knit like a spider on LSD …

I’ve deleted this entry  completely twice, and partially three times: all by accident. I had all sorts of interesting migraine trivia to share, as well as various amusing anecdotes – but alas! All those lands lie under the wave. Which is black and silver and spiky, and getting higher.

I’m going to go take several feverfew capsules (feverfew is cool) with very strong coffee, and lie down with my head in a pillow.

We will resume tomorrow.


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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5 Responses to Migraine

  1. Tom says:

    Take good care of youself, m’dear. Some medicinal chocolate might be good, too.


  2. Dina says:

    I get them when the barometric pressure changes & a storm is coming in. Take care & make space for resting when you get migraines.


  3. Jill Hand says:

    You’re lucky you get the kind that don’t hurt. The kind that hurt are real bastards. Barometric pressure changes bring mine on, as well as eating certain kinds of cheese that I forget cause migraines until after I’ve eaten them. And reading about people I detest saying/doing stupid things. Donald Trump, the Duggars, Ted Cruz are all huge migraine triggers, as well as that idiot whose name I forget…Mike Huckabee! Yeah, he’s an instant migraine. Feel better soon!


    • Kate says:

      If cheese caused me to have migraines – well, I’d have a lot more migraines. Cheese is a necessity of life.Especially soft cheeses … Me and the Corgi and the parrot are all cheese buddies. They love cheese as much as I do … The first 2 of us are Welsh, you know, and the bird is a closet mammal.


      • mizkizzle says:

        It’s not the cheese, exactly, but the tyramine in the cheese that will get you. It’s worse in aged cheeses. But it’s also in cottage cheese and ricotta and some soft farm cheeses. It sucks because cheese is good.


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