Aug 23, 2014

No. Migraine. Today!

I.  do. NOT have a migraine today! 
I've had a bad one since Monday.  Never below an 8 of 10 on the wonderful pain scale for more than a few minutes. 
When we got home yesterday from Hickory I was ready to chop my head off.  I couldn't get to sleep last night until about 2 or 2 a.m. and the migraine was still there. 

I got up migraine free but leery, and made a grocery list.  David and I ate breakfast at Bojangles, went to Aldi and got groceries.  Came home and put them away, started the BBQ on the grill and here it is, 3 p.m., and NO MIGRAINE.

I cannot tell you how happy am right now.  I was really worried that I wouldn't be able to go to church tomorrow morning but now, even if I wake with a migraine tomorrow, because I've had these hours free of pain, I think I'll still be able to be there AND I might just be able to go to the youth group cook-out tomorrow evening.  Though I won't be able to eat what they are having.  No nitrite and nitrate filled hot dogs for me. 

Now I'm going to get off the computer, check the BBQ then work on straightening out the school bookcase.

Ta-ta for now!!

New Tradition to Observe


The Gibson's, David and I,  have a history of cooking NC style BBQ. 

The back story:  David & I met at Troutman's BBG on Church St. in Concord.  I was a waitress and he was a customer. He and his family had been coming there since he was 12.  He was 22 when we met.   Over the years I worked at 3 different locations and when I left I had been a store manager for several years.  While there I learned a lot about cooking bbq which I have put into practice ever since.

Second back story:  Daniel excels at finding perfect little gifts for us. A few Christmas's ago he gave me a fridge magnet that reads, "Dinner will be served at the sound of the smoke alarm."  Truer words have not been said.  Not because I can't cook but because our smoke detectors are extremely sensitive and unless the oven is spotless almost any cooking will set them off.

Today is BBQ cooking day.  On a gas grill.  On the carport.  Invisible to passing cars except for the billowing smoke from the hickory chips which are smoldering away in a metal Ikea silverware basket that is perfect for this. 

This is the Ikea container.  I have 3, only 1 is used on the grill.
Ikea Stainless Steel Caddy I use

Lots. Of. Smoke.
 
It's hard to photograph smoke.
 

So, that new tradition I mentioned. 
Having the Fire Department or County Sherriff  arrive because a passing motorist thought our house was on fire.  Today it was the Sherriff. 

The funniest thing about today's incident was that David and I had talked about them showing up on previous occasions and are thinking about cooking again and taking it to the guys at the Fire Dept., about 1 block down the street. 

Mmmm!  BBQ

And... for my non-southern friends.  BBQ is a noun, not a verb.

Listen to Rhett and Link for more info.

 

Aug 16, 2014

Update on David's job situation.


After 4 months of waiting he was put on administrative leave for 30 days. After that we will be without any income or insurance. Please pray that during this time we will not be fearful and anxious but instead will trust our Father to continue to guide and provide for us.
David continues to get job interviews but nothing ha been offered so far.
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Through all of this he has been a wonderful example of grace under pressure, trusting in our Father, and taking each day as it comes. He gave his all at work to the very end.
Thank you for all the messages, prayers and encouragement. It has shown me how highly the people he works (worked) with regard him. They are shocked by this whole situation.

Aug 7, 2014

The sum is greater than the parts...

It's one of those days when the combination of migraine symptoms is worse than any one symptom alone. Especially the nausea. Give me one or the other but both pain and nausea make it much harder to cope. going to my family doctor today since my BP has been running high. Maybe that will help. I ordered some Baltic amber beads from esty yesterday and hope they arrive quickly. I'm going to make a bracelet to attach my medical id tag to. Hoping that each little improvement... or change I make adds up and things become more tolerable.
Usually I look forward to the start of a new homeschool year. Not this year. I'm dreading it. Even though the kids are in high school and mostly self taught I still have to plan it, purchase the books and then grade their lessons. It just seems like too much.
I'm so thankful for this group. I hate that we are all here because of this horrid disease, but so thankful that there are others in the world who understand. For so long I've felt alone. Like I truly was the only one who had these specific problems with migraine. But now I know I'm not and I thank GOD for this group.
Hoping as many of you as possible have a great day.

Aug 3, 2014

Music and GOD, my thoughts today




There's no space that His love can't reach
There's no place where we can't' find peace
There's no end to amazing grace
 
Take me in with Your arms spread wide
Take me in like an orphan child
Never let go
Never leave my side
 
I am
Holding on to You
I am
Holding on to You
In the middle of the storm
I am holding on
I am
 
Love like this
Oh my God to find
I am overwhelmed
With a joy divine
Love like this sets our hearts on fire
 
This is my resurrection song
This is my hallelujah come
This is why it's to You I run
 
There's no space that His love can't reach
There's no place where we can't find peace
There's no end to amazing grace


Read more: Crowder - I Am Lyrics | MetroLyrics


Music speaks to my soul more than any other media or form of communication.  I'm no musician in the professional or even very talented sense.  My piano skills are mediocre at best.  I play piano for my own relaxation and enjoyment.  My voice is no longer in tune with constant practice, but my heart if full of music and I can't wait to sing HIS praises in heaven! 

Focus on the lyrics.  It's the words that speak to me. 

It's the words that grab my attention and my heart.


Wes mentioned in the sermon this morning that "good" is not enough to describe GOD. He said peanut butter is "good" and that doesn't even begin to compare. In truth there are no adjectives in any language on earth to totally describe HIM. If I want to use the adjectives in my heart language, American English, to describe GOD then I can never use any adjective ever again to describe anything else. And that still wouldn't be adequate.

Jul 15, 2014

No News is...No News

Right now we are in a "hurry up and wait" mode.  No news, good or bad on the job situation. No new job. 

Migraine is a constant 8+.Going to see my neurologist tomorrow to try to figure out a plan of action.  I know that stress is a lot of this. 

So, how can I reduce the stress? 
  • Keep my hands and mind occupied with profitable pursuits. 
  • Pray without ceasing. 
  • PRAISE without ceasing.
  • In everything give thanks.   
  • Eliminate as much junk in my diet and life as I can. 
  • Exercise daily
  • Spend time daily with my husband, just the two of us.

Plan is made.  Time to implement. 

Jul 10, 2014

No news on the job front means uncertain times.

David's job situation is still uncertain. According to the "PIP" paperwork his last day should have been today. His boss has NOT kept any of his obligations in this mess and even had the gall to tell David that they designed this PIP so he could not pass it. Never-the-less David has continued to go to work with a cheerful and loving spirit. Continuing to give his all to serve his clients, vend...ors and fellow employees.

His health is suffering and so is mine. Right no, as I type, my chest feels tight and my head is about to explode.

He has had 2 very good phone interviews with a company in GA. A company that is so much bigger than his current one. He also has an interview scheduled the 22nd in Raleigh, NC. But no offers so far.

Please keep us in your prayers. Right now I am frightened. I know that our heavenly Father is in control. But. It. Is. So. Hard.

Please just pray....

Jun 29, 2014

Migraine Disease Stinks!!!

We were at the Vision center at Walmart getting Davids new glasses. They had these sunglasses that fit over your regular glasses. So I bought a pair to try. They fit over my glasses well and I can't see the edges in my peripheral vision. The idea is to be able to stand wearing sunglasses inside when my migraine is bad.
So annoying. I had to leave the church service 2x this morning because of my migraine and then a 3rd time because I started coughing. I missed half of the sermon. It seems like, no, it is true, that I miss so much of life because of this horrible, invisible disease.




We were at the Vision center at Walmart getting Davids new glasses. They had these sunglasses that fit over your regular glasses. So I bought a pair to try. They fit over my glasses well and I can't see the edges in my peripheral vision. The idea is to be able to stand wearing sunglasses inside when my migraine is bad.

Jun 24, 2014

2nd Job Interview

David had his 2nd phone interview yesterday with AGL.  It went for an hour!  He was fortunate his battery did not conk out.  But I think he put it on the car charger as soon as we pulled out to head to our doctor appointments.

So...things look good.  He feels that he is in a very good position to get this job.  Pray that he will  be able to get a severance from his current company.  They have in the past in similar situations but are telling him "We don't give severance."

Pray that we wait on our Father and don't run ahead.  That we don't assume.  That we make wise plans as we go forward. 

Thank you for all the encouraging words.  It really means a lot to us. 

Cayenne Pepper used to treat migraine pain. It Works!

I know I've posted this at least twice on FaceBook. BUT since all 3 of my siblings suffer from migraines. And I have at least 4 friends, 3 of whom are on FB, that have migraine as well. I'm posting again here.  Maybe someone will find it and be helped.

Make a thin solution of ground cayenne pepper and water. Dip a q-tip in the mixture and gently wipe it around inside your nostrils. It has worked to relieve my head pain every time I've used it.
Don't use a lot of pepper. More is not better. The capsaicin in the pepper somehow blocks something to relieve pain.

I checked with my EENT doc yesterday to make sure that applying this solution to mucus membranes would not cause any problems. He said I'm fine.

There is a spray commercially available, but I haven't tried it because
1, I feel I have more control of the placement with the q-tip and
 2, I keep cayenne on hand for cooking anyway so this remedy is essentially free


Article on using cayenne pepper in the nose to treat migraine pain

Jun 22, 2014

2nd Job Interview

David will have his 2nd phone interview tomorrow.  Please keep us in your prayers as we go through this.  There are so many uncertainties and questions as we learn, once more, to wait on our Father.

Jun 14, 2014

Cayenne pepper in my nose? On purpose? Yes, please...

I posted several days ago about my experiment using a thin paste of cayenne pepper in my nostrils to treat a migraine. I've used it several times now and it has helped to at least lower the pain every time.
Now I find there has been at least one study using a nasal spray solution to treat migraines.

intranasal capsaicin may be an effectivemigraine treatment/

Jun 12, 2014

Good-Bye Wisdom...Teeth that is.

Tomorrow Daniel goes to have his wisdom teeth removed. He's a bit antsy about it and I'm NOT looking forward to it for him at all. I'm actually dreading it. One more thing to get out of the way before David's job is gone.

Jun 10, 2014

Life marches on and GOD will provide...

David had his HR meeting yesterday.  He was told that the company does not give severance packages.  He told them about the 2 people, both over age 50, in his department who have had the same thing done to them in the past 18 months.  So there is a precedence set.  While he was in the meeting with HR he got a phone call from another company about a job!    I know GOD will continue to provide what we need.  But still struggle when I'm too tired with not being fearful.  Thank you for your words of advice, encouragement and your prayers.