|Nov 19 2010|
About 45 minutes ago, a migraine came blustering its way into the room, looked around as if it owned the place, and decided to sit down on my head.
I said, "Okay, I have to take a pill."
My husband protested, as he always does.
I said, "That's what the pills are for, and I need to take one."
More words, this time about how I should be in control and not fall back on pills to get me through the least thing.
I said, "There is no virtue, no strength, in not using your prescribed medication for its intended use.
He said it was like using drugs.
I said, That's like saying the dog shouldn't eat dog food and a chair shouldn't sit on the floor.
"Completely different things!" he exclaimed gleefully, thinking he'd caught me out for once.
"No," I said. "Those are their intended uses. To refuse to use them that way, to say it's wrong or weak, makes no sense. My meds are prescribed for migraines. To refuse to use them would be ridiculous. What's the worst that can happen? The headache won't go away, and I'll go to sleep. What's the best? The headache will go away. I think I'm going to insist that I'm the best judge of when to use them.
He sat for about 10 minutes after I swallowed a Midrin. Then he said, "I'm going upstairs."
I said, "Bye."
We've been married 47 years. There was a time when I would have kept quiet, refused the Midrin, gone on with the migraine, probably for two or three days, and never mentioned it again. Now I'd give it to him if he thinks they are so worth holding on to, but since I don't think so, I take my pill and get rid of the headache. Focussing on my head: the pain is fading slowly. It's still there, but definitely reduced and fading. This will not be a three day size 10 migraine because, as much as it pains my husband to see me use a Midrin to combat a Migraine, the deed is done. I can also say with certainty based on long experience; he wants to shop for a small chest for the powderroom. If I were to say tomorrow, "I don't feel like going, I have a headache," he'd be twice as pissed as he was to see me use a Midrin and get rid of it. God, but I'm impossible to live with sometimes.
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