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I’m on the verge…

I can well imagine myself having caffeine this weekend if I don’t start feeling better. My head is about 5 times worse than when I wrote earlier this morning, and I can actually smell that polleny, grassy smell pouring out from my air conditioning vents thanks to the lawn dudes and all they stirred up with their fancy equipment. The yard looks great. I do not.

I’m bending the Maxalt rules a bit, too. You know how it says not to take the drug more than three days a week? Well, I took it last weekend and decided that Monday would start a new week. So even though I had a Maxalt on the 17th, 18th, 21st, and 22nd, I’m only counting the second pair of days because…well…because I feel HORRIFIC and cannot function. So Let’s pretend the week started on Monday and not Sunday. Work for you? I hope it works for me. I should not risk MOH but feel crippled without being able to help myself through this.

Now that people actually read this blog, I feel sort of ashamed when I admit that I’m not fulfilling promises to myself (i.e., don’t take too many triptans in too short a time, Janet!). But I also have a sneaking suspicion that I’m not alone in this struggle and think that, for those of you who read this, hearing that someone else is on the cusp of doing the forbidden in terms of drug treatment might resonate with you.


Overcast, pollinated day
Why don’t you just go away?!

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  • Megan Oltman
    11 years ago

    I’ve done it too. I try to keep track of a rolling week, but I have several times said, nuts, gotta abort this. Toughing it out is way too tough. Maybe if I had first-hand experience of MOH I would not be cavaliere, but…

    Hope you’re way better by now.

  • Heather
    11 years ago

    I feel you…this last month or so seems to have been extra bad for me as well…I don’t think mine is allergies, though. Just horrible hormones!
    Hope you are feeling better. And don’t feel guilty about the meds, “A girl’s gotta do…”

  • Diana Lee
    11 years ago

    Please don’t be so hard on yourself, Janet. We’re all just doing the best we can, you know?

  • Eileen
    11 years ago

    Aw girl! I’m sorry you are having such a bad couple days! I hope the extra Maxalt doesn’t land you in MOH hell.

    You don’t have any rescue meds?

    I know, sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do to not be in pain. I hear ya girl!

  • mjmoore
    11 years ago

    I feel for you – I haven’t gotten bad enough to need alot of maxalts together, but I have in the past taken far too many pain killers than I know I should.

    Are you taking anti-histamines, because it does sound like the pollen is triggering things. You may even need steroids for a short time.

    I hope you feel better soon.

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