Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Beauty of the Arizona Desert

Since I had my youngest boy, in 2001, I have had an alarming increase in migraines. Last year was the worst though I think. Might have been my increase in Starbuck's venti Americanos, black, straight up. Those were my favorite. I think that increased my caffeine by about a jillion milligrams. Anyway, as you probably remember, I went off caffeine, cold-turkey, in February. I still have a little bit, it actually helps my headaches if they come at all, but I actually drink decaf coffee. Never thought I would.



Can't go to Flagstaff without stopping in at Macy's for a pastry and Cafe Royale! It's a weird place, but yummy homecooked goods.

To travel in the heat in the summer, or work outside, always brought on headaches. When rain, hazy, smoggy days come, a headache comes. When I have chocolate, I can get a headache. Red wine was the hardest to give up.

When we went to California last week, I was so glad I only had one headache instead of one every day. We headed to Flagstaff this past weekend to chase the rain, we weren't disappointed. It was gorgeous, and I never even got a headache. It's like my life is different. I have a new life in a way. I was living with fear sometimes I didn't even realize, other times I would, and just pray the fear away. We did yard work on Saturday. It was only in the 90s, but warm enough that when you're working, it gets hot. No headache. I know I'm happier, more grateful. Glad for each moment without a headache. If you have never had migraines, it may be hard to understand the depth of my joy. I might seem to be over reacting a bit.. But some of you know from where I speak.

6 comments:

Laura K said...

Susan, I am also plagued by headaches (almost every day) and I also drink daily venti Americanos.

Switching to decaf...

michele said...

i got my first migraine in 1996 and am thankful that i haven't had a bad one since 2001. i can't even imagine the horror of having one daily. i truly feel for you. i'm glad you are doing better and wish you continued pain-free days.

Audra Krell said...

I didn't realize the fear I'm living with. This has been such a strange weather season. I too, am so grateful when common triggers don't set off a migraine!

Tanya said...

I do understand, too well! The living w/ fear especially. so glad you're doing better- what a blessing. and you look so beautiful in that picture, reading. So peaceful. Very nice. And the area you live in... WOW

simple living said...

i'm so glad, susan!!! thank you, Lord for answered prayer!!

Sean's Ladies said...

awesome!!