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Imma Ride a (Migraine) Train (Weekend Recap)

Oh, boy, friends, this weekend I was riding the migraine train, and I can tell you that it is NOT like Amtrak. The whole weekend wasn’t a total wash, though!

UGH Migraines. It has been quite a while, so I guess I was due, and goodness me, did this migraine make up for lost time. Thursday, I was at work, and my head started to hurt, but I thought, well, hey, I’m at work, could be a work thing, you know? It started to go away while I had lunch and a chat with one of my friends at her place right after, so I didn’t think much of it… until about 2 hours later, when Alex and I went to get ice cream (I was really hoping for another round of graham cracker, but alas. Still on point, though), and clouds and some showers rolled in. 

But it was a different type of headache, like a whole-head-ache. Not like my usual migraines, which typically sit on the top and front of my head like a British fascinator. But way less awesome.

By 7 that night, I was getting to the pain cave. I went to sleep early (let’s be honest, when your head hurts like that, it is the only option) and had a night of little to no sleep.

Friday didn’t fare much better: basically, I spent the day lying down; on the couch, on a dog park bench with my head in Alex’s lap while he watched Ridley. I got a frappuccino on the way home, took Tylenol, and then took a nap, and when I woke up, I felt so much better!

Until I got to work and realized that I had gotten my in time incorrect and was supposed to be there earlier. Luckily, my manager was forgiving because she knows me and knows it is totally out of character for me to act that way. 

Work wasn’t too bad, and when I finished my shift, I though, hey, maybe Alex and I can do dinner like we had planned! By the time I got home, though? That was not an option. Back to the couch I went, and Alex was a superstar taking care of the pup. We did pizza at home + he went to Del Seoul and got us some kimchi fries to share and a few tacos for me. And I forced myself to eat some lettuce and tomatoes, because I refuse to go a day without some greenery. But you know I didn’t feel good if that was the only veggies I had all day!

I laid on the couch and finally moved to our bedroom at 8. Luckily, I slept through the night and woke up feeling 90% better in the morning, just in time for a beautiful day and a chance to run with Alex!

Remember how I am just returning to exercise? Let’s just say that this run, done in heat, with the shadow of a migraine still active, and after weeks of just walking, well, it was humbling. But also awesome. And even though it was short, when it was done, I was DONE.

The rest of the morning was spent chugging ice water outside and refueling, then taking Ridley to the dog park and picking up our new CSA box, which is filled with GORGEOUS beets, Chinese savoy cabbage, more lettuce, chard, giant squashes, and fresh herbs. I am so FREAKING excited about the beets! And the dill got put to use immediately in an omelet for me and a drippy egg sandwich on pretzel bun for Alex. I also finished the BBQ pizza from the night before.

Basically carnage.

The night was interesting: I had to work, and my stomach/digestive system and my head took turns messing with me and seeing who could be most upset. Like siblings vying for their mom’s attention. Rude.

Sunday morning, I woke early (for no reason) but was happy that my head was 95% better. It was Alex’s last day before the start of Fellowship (aka today!!), so we did out June routine one last time: puppy play time, gym (for him) while Ridley and I went for a walk and talked to my parents, then meet for groceries, vacuum and laundry, Game of Thrones (this time with a side of work, on my part), I made chicken tacos with a cabbage slaw (from the CSA box!), and Wreck It Ralph! Super cute btw.

I’m going to miss our June routine. Guess we have to put our big kid pants back on….

This week, Alex starts fellowship, I have Remicade, and at the end of the week, my family comes to visit! I am working at the restaurant on the 4th of July, so that will be interesting….

Any plans for the 4th?

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44 Comments

  • Reply Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy

    Ugh, migraines are the worst. Sorry it had to hit on the weekend. Kimchi fries sound fabulous. I just got back from your city, and it is amazing@

    July 3, 2017 at 6:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m said that you didn’t let me know you were here!

      July 15, 2017 at 10:13 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    I am lucky enough to have never had a migraine, but ugh, they sounds awful. Glad you were still able to have some fun this weekend!

    July 3, 2017 at 6:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      yeah, I wouldn’t rcommend them

      July 15, 2017 at 10:13 am
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Sounds like a rough weekend. I hope you are feeling better!

    July 3, 2017 at 7:00 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    It had been years since I’ve had a migraine but I got one last month out of nowhere. I seriously thought I had a brain tumor or something the room was spinning and I was in such pain. Really took about 2 days for me to feel better. They are awful!

    July 3, 2017 at 7:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That sounds terrifying!

      July 15, 2017 at 10:14 am
  • Reply lindsay Cotter

    those are the worst! I wonder if you are sensitive to sulfites? I had that happen to me when I was under a TON of stress. Well, when am i not? LOL! Glad you are better. <3

    July 3, 2017 at 7:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think they are mostly weather related. I get them lots when the pressure is changing.

      July 15, 2017 at 10:15 am
  • Reply Debbie

    Ugh, migraines are the worst! I don’t get them as often as I used to, but boy! Glad you’re feeling better.

    July 3, 2017 at 7:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m glad you don’t get them as much! They really suck

      July 15, 2017 at 10:14 am
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    As we live on a lake, this is one of 3 weekends a year where we don’t put a toe, foot, much less any body part into the water. For those of us who are fulltimers, we let the holiday weekend visitors take over–and they do!
    I don’t drink and drive (any moving object, including my broom) but i know others do. We’ve seen some nasty almost- disasters when those who are loaded, get on jet-skis or behind the wheel of a ski boat.
    So, I’ll enjoy the 4th from the relative safety of our dock, reorganize my kitchen cabinets and nap!
    Then we are going to Chicago to terrify Susie! and introduce her dad and brother to Ridley!!!
    Have a safe and happy holiday!

    July 3, 2017 at 7:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I miss our Lake 4th of July’s!

      July 15, 2017 at 10:13 am
  • Reply Cora

    Oh gosh, Suz. I’m so sorry you had this take over your weekend. I’ve never had a full on real migraine, I don’t think, so although I’ve had my share of bad headaches, I can’t truly imagine the full body discomfort these put you in. Must be awful. Glad you weren’t alone though to help you through it. Que face plant on couch.
    I’m jealous of your beets. They get to hang out with you. Also I’m excited to see if you do anything with them that I can then steal the recipe for…….

    July 3, 2017 at 8:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Right now, I’m just letting them do their beet thing. We shall see if I can come up with something for them!

      July 15, 2017 at 10:12 am
  • Reply Suzy

    Ahhhh I’m sorry you’ve been feeling so awful. You always have such a positive attitude about it though. You’re amazing! I hope you are able to get all of your health struggles out of the way soon so that you’re able to enjoy the summer, and get back to drinking tequila! <3

    July 3, 2017 at 9:24 am
  • Reply Emily

    Those humbling runs are such a gift. I always feel like it’s a good reminder from my Heavenly Father hat I need to be humble and remember that I’m not invincible. <3 A migraine sounds tough Susie; I hope you're feeling better today. <3 Happy Fourth (for tomorrow!)

    July 3, 2017 at 9:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Always stay humble!

      July 15, 2017 at 10:10 am
  • Reply Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups

    Ugh, migraines are horrible, sorry lady. Those kimchi fries look awesome!

    July 3, 2017 at 10:01 am
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    So sorry to hear of your migraine. Those are the worst! My brother used to get them really bad growing up and I remember he couldn’t do anything. It was horrible. Hope you’re feeling better!

    July 3, 2017 at 10:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      They are just kind of miserable. Mine aren’t too bad, but they are bad enough that you just can’t do squat.

      July 15, 2017 at 10:10 am
  • Reply Rae

    Aw, I’m sorry to hear your head messed with you all weekend, but glad you’re feeling better now. HUGS!

    July 3, 2017 at 12:05 pm
  • Reply Deb E

    I have visual aura migraines but only once or twice a year and usually not too much pain, nausea, or light sensitivity, but sometimes. It’s like snow coming at you or the stars whizzing past you at warp speed, lol. Sort of hard to see things when it happens, so thankful I’m not visited often by them. I really feel for those who have to suffer through the painful ones. Good that you have some comforters though. Happy Fourth!

    July 3, 2017 at 4:59 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OOOOF that sounds terrible, Deb! I’m glad that you only get them 1/2 times a year. I get lower grade ones, but more often. Hope you had a great 4th!

      July 15, 2017 at 10:09 am
  • Reply Sarah Dudek

    Sounds like quite the adventurous weekend. I was sad to see June pass by so quickly. I love summer and wish it would take it’s sweet time!

    July 3, 2017 at 8:45 pm
  • Reply neil@neilshealthymeals.com

    Sorry to hear you are having to work today on 4th July Susie.

    Seriously hope that that migraine has totally disappeared. I don’t like to hear of my friend in so much discomfort and pain.

    Hope you can get away early today and at least enjoy some of the celebrations.

    Take care. Neil

    July 4, 2017 at 2:43 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    So sorry about your headache! I’m sitting here with one and waiting for the meds to kick in– they stink! Glad you are feeling better and have a great 4th!

    July 4, 2017 at 8:33 am
  • Reply Heather @Lunging Through Life

    Girll!! I hope you don’t have a migraine for a long time. So sorry it knocked you down and out. Hope the restaurant isn’t too bad today.

    July 4, 2017 at 6:48 pm
  • Reply Bethany

    I am sorry! That is tough! Those kimchi fries though look amazing!

    July 4, 2017 at 9:45 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank goodness for them!

      July 15, 2017 at 9:56 am
  • Reply Kat

    Ugh – I hate migraines. I used to get them really bad in high school. In fact, I was going home early almost once a week for a few months because of them. The lights in the classrooms just killed me when I had them so I couldn’t even try to stick it out! Sorry to hear that it [sort of] ruined your weekend! On the bright side though – those fries! Gimme.

    July 5, 2017 at 3:39 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Fries make everything better 😀

      July 15, 2017 at 9:55 am
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Ouch! Migraines SUCK! We have a friend who has them regularly and he is totally and completely wiped out and bedbound whenever one arrives.

    July 10, 2017 at 7:52 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You just can’t do anything. They really do suck

      July 15, 2017 at 9:29 am
  • Reply Farrah

    Migraines are the worst! :[! Mine tend to get triggered by super-severe dehydration/stress/lack of sleep, so I try to keep that in mind, but sometimes it’s impossible to avoid! x_x I’m glad you got some delicious food though! <3

    July 11, 2017 at 10:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Silver lining, right?

      July 15, 2017 at 9:26 am

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