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The Best Laid Plans

best laid plans

I had the best laid plans for yesterday afternoon and today-but waking up yesterday morning with a migraine put all that on the backburner. So instead of cleaning house, doing blind pig things, and working on getting the garden ready for summer I’ll be doing things like:

  • cutting a piece of my hair and sending the girls outside to bury it somewhere
  • tying a flour sack around my head
  • sending The Deer Hunter up the creek in search of ginseng so I can tie that around my head or make a tea from it or both
  • convincing the girls to crush onions so I can smear those on my head
  • taking a swallow or two of The Deer Hunter’s cough syrup
  • laying in a dark room with sunglasses on
  • rolling peppermint oil all over my head-which seems to help more than anything else

I’ll be doing all those crazy sounding things in an effort to make my headache go away. If you have any other headache remedies-leave me a comment please.

Be sure to drop back by tomorrow, whether my remedies work or not, there will be some train music from the Blind Pig Gang for you.




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    February 13, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Migraines have run in the maternal side of our family for generations, and through those generations, I think most everything has been tried, including a visit to Reverend Oral Roberts for a faith healing which didn’t work. I remember our mother trying compresses of a sponge dipped in vinegar which someone recommended; it didn’t work either.
    I have the RX Zomig which helps if I am able to lie down in complete darkness with ice packs around my head. I take one tablet, wrap the old head in ice packs and lie down. If that doesn’t work in an hour’s time, I take a second tablet. I’ve never had to take any beyond the second. However, that does make me drowsy and unfit for just about anything for the next 24 hours, but then, so does the migraine.
    I surely do feel sorry for people who deal with them, I surely do.
    God bless.

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    rick kratzke
    February 12, 2013 at 11:07 am

    All I can say is I understand how you must have felt. I too get some nasty headaches sometimes and it really makes a mess of my plans although lately I find it is really not worth it to make to many plans because there is always something that messes up the schedule.

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    Judy Mincey
    February 11, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Pamela and Bill have a form of the remedy I use which is pressure on each finger tip and web as you do deep breathing. The accupressure gives you a focus of concentration outside the aching head and the additional oxygen serves to dilate the closed down blood vessels.

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    Glynda P. Chambers
    February 10, 2013 at 12:05 am

    So sorry Tipper, fee better soon. I am so blessed and lucky to never have had a Migraine ( knock on wood ) and I hope and pray I never do. Hoping this will be the
    last one you ever have. God Bless!

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    Sheryl Ormond Paul
    February 9, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    I am so sorry to hear you have a migraine. I find the only thing that helps is time. A sniff of lavender to soothe.

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    February 9, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Tipper, A friend of mine had terrible migraines for years and finally they diagnosed her with having Allergy to gluten. She has been on a gluten free diet and suffers no more from those terrible headaches. Everyone is different but just wanted to mention it.

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    February 9, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Tipper, I am so sorry.
    I hope this won’t make any of your readers cringe, but the only thing that I’ve found to help derail a migraine, the kind that makes me feel nauseous with pain, is to just go ahead and retch. Just gagging a few times, like dry heaves, seems to break the pain. It stops getting worse, and a while later it starts feeling better. Years ago a doctor, a migraine specialist, told me that this is known to work, and that there is an actual medical term for it.
    I hope you are already feeling better, and don’t even need to think about this!

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    Sue Crane
    February 9, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    cool, dark room — ice pack over eyes and some, lovely melodies softly playing usually works for me. Of course, the big plus is when I fall asleep 🙂 Hope you are feeling better soon.

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    Peggy Lambert
    February 9, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Tipper, I’m really sorry for you. I had them for
    years and they have eased off and I don’t have
    them very often. I think you need a good rest
    from all your work. I did the same thing, go to
    bed in a dark room and let no one touch the bed and shake it.
    In the winter I put my electric blanket on and tried to relax.
    Get Well!!!!!!
    Peggy L

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    February 9, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Blazing hot wet towels are the only thing that ever helped mine. I’m thankful I haven’t had one in many years.
    Hope you are soon better–I believe it’s got to be some of the worst pain ever.
    Got a “catch” in my back that I meant to mention in the vocab!!

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    February 9, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Nothing can be worse than a migraine. I always took some type of aspirin – heavy dose- 800 mg to help with it. I used an ice pack on my head and laid in a very dark room. I used a very soft pillow as anything that my head could feel gave me additional pain. One of the biggest things is to find out what triggered it. Could it have been a food, stress, an odor, etc. I found stress my biggest trigger. Hope you are on the road to recovery by the time you receive this.

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    February 9, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I wish I could say or do something
    for your migrain. My mother-in-law
    had those all her life and they
    sometimes knocked her out. I can’t
    imagine what a headache is like,
    recon stumpwater don’t hurt! But I
    do hope yours stops soon.
    Until yesterday I never knew that
    🙂 meant a smiley face. Now I’ll
    wonder what everybody’s grinnin’

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    February 9, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Rest and calm. Maybe a nice soak in the tub. Sometimes, as Miss Cindy suggests, things get too hectic and your body demands you slow down and do nothing for a bit.

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    Jane Bolden
    February 9, 2013 at 10:35 am

    I’ve had migraines since twelve yrs. old. Nobody knows the excruciating pain until they have one. I’m so sorry. They can interfere with your life. Don’t suffer!!! I ‘ve tried everything. Some just too expensive. Gone back to what I took in the eighties and nineties. Just ask your Dr. Glad you have such a sweet and caring family. Mine usually last 3 days. Get well soon!

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    Barry upward
    February 9, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Tipper; Sorry to hear of your migraine i suffered that for yearsthe best way i found for reliefwas try and throw up wrap chrushed ice in a face cloth and place it across your forehead take tylenol get in a darkened room and try and sleep , also massage your temples and the back of your neck, hope it works ,barry

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    Bill Burnett
    February 9, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Have the Deer Hunter locate the pressure points in the web between each of your thumbs and your hand and apply presseure to each until it becomes uncomfortable. Have him hold this pressure for five minutes while you sit relaxed with your eyes gently closed concentrating on the pressure points. At the end of five minutes have him release the pressure while you concentrate on the tingle that will travel from the pressure points to the back of your neck and your scalp.

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    Janet Smart
    February 9, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Hope you’re feeling better soon, Tipper.

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    February 9, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I am so sorry you had a migraine. My family members were plagued by migraines, but I was fortunate and only get headache if something else going on (eg fever). My Dad never had another migraine after starting Inderol (beta blocker), but it has all sorts of side effects.
    Also, depending on the type of migraine strong coffee can help or harm. I personally think some of those old home remedies may work as well. and am partial to the horse liniment idea. One family member would always lie down in dark room and nap with one of those chilled eye coverings.

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    February 9, 2013 at 10:09 am

    There is nothing that’s much worse than a migraine. I have no remedy to offer, but I did say a prayer for you.

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    Uncle Al
    February 9, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Oh my! I don’t get headaches often, but when I do I just have to eat something and lay down for a while. Haven’t tried any of those remedies, but I hope one of them works for you!

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    February 9, 2013 at 9:50 am

    you know you may need to down shift things a bit like Miss Cindy said. Headaches are probably the only things in the way of pain that I never have; but everything else in my body usually hurts most of the time.
    All the tips are good. When my sister was in the hospital and her head was hurting so bad and nothing seemed to help I would gently massage her temples with my two finger on each hand. It was all that seemed to help. That might be a good trick. Only thing it had to be done for long periods of time without stopping. She was worth it and you would be too.

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    February 9, 2013 at 9:50 am

    I have a coworker that suffered from cluster headaches and migraines and his Doctor advised him to take Magnesium. He started it and within a few days was free of headaches. Just a thought, everyone is different so I would check first with your Doctor.

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    B. ruth
    February 9, 2013 at 9:48 am

    When I was young and had a stressfilled day at work, not counting the long hours of it, I would occasionally get a terrible headache. This time it was so bad,
    I was tempted to go to the ER…very scary…not the headache, going to the ER…
    I decided to wash my hair. How I did it I don’t know since I was nearly blind with pain…
    Back then we had those hair driers, that had the plastic bag on the end and a long tube connecting to the dryer portion/motor, with plug at that end. I towel dried my hair, didn’t even roll it (ha) put that bag over my head, turned it on HI and went to bed…My Mother found me, woke me and said it was a wonder I didn’t bake my brains out! My headache was gone. I have heard since that those driers were very good for headaches..The warm heat relaxes the muscles and the constant humm is like a YOGA treatment…LOL
    I have more but ran out of time!
    Hope your’e feeling better by now.
    Were you gettin’ a barometric pressure flux from that noreaster that is hitting the North today?
    Thanks Tipper,

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    February 9, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Tipper, I’m so sorry about your headache, and hope it soon is well. With all the suggestions, no doubt something will work; or better still, “just wear it out.” This latter seems to work for me. And haven’t you heard: “Only significantly intelligent people have migraines.” Whether that saying is true or not, it’s sort of good to know and think about anyway as you take “time out” from whatever project/undertaking calls you next. My mother, as I, suffered from migraines–‘way back in the day before we knew to call them migraines. I remember she made a poultice of black pepper and peppermint oil, and tied it around her forehead, lay down in a darkened room–and eventually would be up and doing all the work she did for us. I’m sure she had to be careful not to get the black pepper poultice into her eyes!

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    Pamela Moore
    February 9, 2013 at 9:41 am

    There is a pressure point deep in the web between your thumb and pointer finger. It is used in acupressure to relieve headaches. Massage it firmly for several minutes.

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    Kerry in GA
    February 9, 2013 at 9:32 am

    When it comes to migraines, I turn to modern conveniences, Excendrin Migraine with a Mello Yello. So sorry. 🙁

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    February 9, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I don’t often get headaches but when I do it is a doozie. I drink really strong coffee and rub horse liniment on my forehead and temples and up the back of my neck. I hope your headache goes away real soon.

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    Miss Cindy
    February 9, 2013 at 8:48 am

    A dark quiet room helps. Peppermint oil is great. Rub it on where it hurts or inhale it if it is sinus.
    Tipper, there are few people in the world who are as busy as you are. Perhaps the headaches come to force you to rest. At a very busy and stressful time in my life I would leave work early on Wednesdays, go home and go to bed and stay there till time to go to work on Thursday morning. That helped. I did it every week for a while.
    The dark and the quiet reduces stimulation to the brain, thus allowing it to gear down a bit.

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