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August 29th, 2021 at 05:58 am

I had another migraine within a day of recovering from the last one.  This one was brought on by fragrance.  I had ordered some unscented body wash on etsy, because it was the only one I had been able to find that didn't have any coconut oil in it.  Unfortunately she gave a overly scented soap bar as a gift with it and packaged it so poorly that the bottle was broken open and it soaked the entire package, an unpadded envelope with a tiny bit of biodegradable paper strings wrapped around it.  My husband brought it into the house and set it in my bathroom sink.  Big mistake.  It reeked so bad.

I took quick photos and got it out of the house and scrubbed the sink down because I didn't want my daughter getting a migraine, because strong scents can trigger them in both of us.  I did wear my face mask but it wasn't enough, the smell still got to me.  I set up the air cleaner and just as I left the bathroom the migraine hit so badly that I could feel myself starting to go down.  Fortunately I was able to call my husband, but he didn't get there quite in time and I passed out and hit the floor.   It was a slow fall and I grabbed the door knob to try to not go down, but it only made it take longer.  I don't think I lost conciousness until I was about a foot from the floor.

DH and DD said it was only for about 30 seconds and they were able to get me up, but I only took three steps before going down again.  That one took about a minute and they managed to get me to bed.  This one did not cause hallucinations, thank goodness, and it wasn't as painful as the first one.  It lasted only 3 days.

I did send photos to the person on etsy and was immediately refunded.  I just don't get it.  Who sees someone order an unscented product and thinks, hey, I'll include a super strongly scented soap bar as a gift with this?  It was nauseating.

I have scheduled a doctor's appointment to see about getting a referral to a neurologist.  This is getting somewhat worrisome.  I'll probably end up with a CT scan, which is good, just in case these were more than migraines.

After I got over the second migraine I had one good day and woke up with a sore throat the next morning.  That progressed to sore ears, then left the ears and the snot fairy came and waved her magic wand over my nose.  That's finally waning and while I do still have a bit of a sore throat, it doesn't hurt when I swallow so I think it is on the way out.  Still have a dry cough and am very tired, though.

I hope I can manage to cook tomorrow.  I always turn vegetarian when I get sick because meat protein is too much work.  But I can feel the lack of protein and need to get back to my normal diet, especially because of the lack of iron.  Living on cheese, egg flower soup, potatoes, and zucchini is not the best diet, though it is subsistence level.  I'm just glad I had a lot of broth in the freezer, because heating it up and stirring an egg into it until it is cooked through was my highest level of cooking this week.  Everyone else had to fend for themselves.  I'll try to get around to posting last week's payday report this week, if I have the energy.

3 Responses to “Surfacing”

  1. Wink Says:

    I hope you continue to feel better. Take care!

  2. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Feel better soon!

  3. PatientSaver Says:

    If it makes you feel any better, your body would not be able to register a protein or iron deficiency in just a day. Protein deficiencies are more common in developing countries and are pretty rare in the US. In any event, eggs, cheese and zucchini do contain protein, albeit in a smaller amount. The zucchini, egg and potato also contain iron.

    I sure hope you feel better and would urge you to see a doctor. Those are powerful migraines.

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