Monday and Tuesday were okay. Wednesday, though…on Wednesday, I woke up with what I thought was a sinus headache. As it turned out, it wasn’t just a sinus headache. I’ve been guzzling coffee and Cherry Coke, munching aspirin and acetaminophen every six hours, and taking antihistamines at night since I woke up with that headache. Because it turned out to be a light and sound and cold sensitive migraine. I got a little bit done on Wednesday, but not a whole lot.
Thursday, the kids had a snow* day, so I didn’t have to get out in the cold…but I couldn’t find my sunglasses to deal with the light levels needed in the house on a cloudy, nasty day outside. And yes, the pain was a good deal worse and more persistent than Wednesday. I skimmed through some of what I’d had written on Gods and Monsters, and discovered that, in switching over from Word to LibreOffice Writer, all of my formatting had been stripped out. Nothing I wanted to be centered was centered, and Italics were gone. So I started going through, fixing stuff.
Friday was a scheduled day off for the kids. I found my sunglasses, but also discovered that a couple of the kids’ favorite shows really exacerbated the migraine, which hadn’t eased in the slightest from Thursday. I did get some more editing done–I finished the day about halfway through G&M, fixing formatting (which will likely need fixed again), and fleshing a few things out.
Today, when I woke up, my headache had eased off some. It hurt only as much as it had after the meds had taken effect on Thursday and Friday. It’s currently only a dull murmur, two and a half hours after aspirin, generic Tylenol, and about 30 oz of really strong, black coffee. I’ve been able to focus thoughts, so I’ve picked back up with actually writing.
This week has been far from a total loss. So far, not counting what I hope to accomplish today, I’ve managed almost 7,000 words on Gods and Monsters. At the moment, between that addition and the small revisions I’ve made, I’m a bit over 80K words on that manuscript draft. I’ve got three chapters to go, and I’m working again.
And I’ve got the day to do it. My much beloved other half has taken both the kids to visit his parents, and left me here to ride out the dregs of the headache (which should be all the way gone tonight or tomorrow). Yeah, I’ll have some work to do when they get home (homework I didn’t make them get done while their little voices were literally painful for me and housework), but it’s going to wait while I can write.
Honestly thankful for the ability to think, and to focus. I really hate it when I can’t.
*Snow, my ass. Southwest Missouri didn’t just get snow. We got thunderstorms. Freezing rain. Freezing fog. Thundersleet. Some areas got tornadoes. We got a little bit of snow on top of that, but it was mostly liquid that froze, or ice, coming down. And the temperature at 12:01 Thursday morning was the warmest it got all day–the temperature plummeted from 29 degrees Farenheit to 14 degrees (with a wind chill of zero) over the course of the day, and Friday’s morning low was 9 degrees (wind chills below zero). And we’re just about forty minutes north of Arkansas.