I may have figured out my "trigger"

People who suffer from migraines often endeavor to find the trigger for their migraines. Perhaps it's a food sensitivity or stress, lack of sleep, temperature or season changes. My family and I returned from vacation last night and this morning I woke with a blazing migraine. So I think I've figured it out.

I am allergic to real life.

Do you suppose my health insurance would pay for continuous vacations?
  • milly
    Can't hurt to try...
    by milly at 11/03/17 4:24PM
  • tryphena
    I know that triggers me...
    by tryphena at 11/03/17 4:25PM
  • kamille
    All they can say is no :)
    by kamille at 11/03/17 8:16PM
  • this_old_man
    Sorry for your pain. Hope it goes away soon.
    by this_old_man at 11/04/17 11:32AM
  • lovescats
    Is it bad you made me laugh - at your "reason" - not your migraine! Do hope it's soon gone!

    I'm not good with a regular headache - I don't even want to imagine a migraine. Ugh!
    by lovescats at 11/04/17 12:45PM
  • ceoltoir
    Of course it's not bad to see the humour in my agony. Just kidding. I thought it was funny too.
    by ceoltoir at 11/04/17 12:53PM
  • marmee
    I have never suffered migraines, I’m sorry. I hope your vacation was lovely!
    by marmee at 11/04/17 7:30PM
  • misssonja
    Chocolate & msg
    & the flu
    by misssonja at 11/04/17 7:47PM
  • praguer
    LOL! Coffee gives my mother migraines. It's not the caffeine, but we don't know what in the coffee causes it. Hope you're feeling well now!
    by praguer at 11/07/17 3:54AM
  • tgatzajr
    Not sure if the insurance companies will, but I am sure that the welfare office will!
    by tgatzajr at 11/07/17 7:49AM
  • ceoltoir
    Ted, I don't think I would enjoy the type of vacation they would give me!
    by ceoltoir at 11/07/17 8:42AM
  • tgatzajr
    ^I don't know about that. I've seen quite a few living high on the hog from the welfare dept.!
    by tgatzajr at 11/07/17 9:07AM
  • ginnyann
    Oooh, so sorry about the migraine, as you know my dear husband has those.....we haven’t figured out the trigger yet. He is suffering from one that started on Friday evening. It’s not as bad today but hasn’t gone away.
    The docs don’t know what to give him for the pain and what he does take doesn’t work. I’m convinced it’s more “rebound” headaches from all the “stuff” he has taken and then when he tries to go without it,,,,,,the head, says “no way, buddy” .....here’s some pain! I feel for anyone who has the bad headaches. Our daughter Melanie also has them. And I’m afraid her daughter, Our Isabella, is going there. She has one all the time but then I think she needs her eyes checked.....you know, grandmaws always know what’s best, :) :)
    Hope you are better by now. Hugs!
    by ginnyann at 11/07/17 9:30AM
  • ceoltoir
    Thank you. I'm fine now. I've been very fortunate in that my migraines rarely last more than 24 hours. I get what I think of as aftershocks for the next couple of days but they're mere shadows of pain compared to the full-blown migraine.
    by ceoltoir at 11/07/17 11:06AM
  • lovescats
    Oh the poor dog you told me about - how sad. I imagine that was a looong two weeks - yikes!
    by lovescats at 11/08/17 9:10AM
  • ginnyann
    The doctors have said now that the fluid was not in his lungs but around them and in other places. Probably due to some “malnutrition” .....so he’s not eating right obviously but having a double root canal could have had something to do with that.....one thing aggravates another,
    I’ve read that people with PD have trouble with the swallowing and fluid buildup .....it’s scary if you don’t know what’s going on. Pray for him that it all gets straightened out and he is better soon!
    Hope you and family are doing well. Hugs!
    by ginnyann at 11/10/17 10:31AM
  • chickadee
    I was wondering... best I could come up with is "one smart cookie". I figured auto correct was involved though.
    by chickadee at 11/12/17 10:06PM

A stint?

Little Guy came to me this morning and asked for a stint for his door. When your dad is a medical physicist you pick up jargon.
  • misssonja
    Hmm, I'm sorry to hear his door is ailing?
    by misssonja at 10/08/17 3:47PM
  • lovescats
    A stint? Oh my!!!
    by lovescats at 10/08/17 4:45PM
  • tryphena
    :-)
    by tryphena at 10/08/17 7:07PM
  • chickadee
    curious... was there any further explanation? I can often think like a child, but not so much this time.
    by chickadee at 10/09/17 7:55AM
  • lovescats
    Thank you! Me too!
    by lovescats at 10/09/17 10:24AM
  • joc
    He is so original. But did he get a stint?
    by joc at 10/09/17 11:49AM
  • ginnyann
    :) :)
    Hope his door recovers!
    by ginnyann at 10/09/17 4:47PM
  • ceoltoir
    Yes, the explanation was that people keep closing his door to keep from waking him with their morning noise. He doesn't like his door closed. Stints keep things from closing up again. Hence, a door stint. And no, he didn't.
    by ceoltoir at 10/09/17 5:43PM
  • aleta
    Thank you, Kathy. I'm always in denial about being sick, so this has cramped my style. I hope you and the boys are doing well. Do you think you can keep MO's weather fair come December/January? ;) I'm planning on flying up for the baby's arrival, then Gene will come and get me. We're hearing that the winter down here is going to be a cold one.
    by aleta at 10/09/17 8:20PM
  • kamille
    LOL at this!
    by kamille at 10/09/17 8:53PM
  • chickadee
    I agree!
    by chickadee at 10/11/17 12:55PM
  • hartschloss
    As long as it helps the door flow better.....
    by hartschloss at 10/11/17 7:56PM
  • marmee
    I don't do peppers! But thanks for the tip. My hubby has an allergic reaction to jalapeños. :-/ And I don't do hot spices much at all! Now applesauce ... bring it on!
    by marmee at 10/13/17 8:46PM
  • misssonja
    I am just mad (as in crazy)
    by misssonja at 10/21/17 9:04PM

Back from TX

It was bad. Very very bad. But the people were absolutely WONDERFUL! Good can often come out of disaster. I would say at least one good outcome is the way in which Christians in TX (and all over the world) are working together in love to try and make the brethren whole again.

The destruction is indescribable. Even pictures don't really convey what it's like in Vidor. Some of the people look like they're still wandering around shell-shocked. But many of them are just work work working and getting things done with impressive speed. I think 18 families in the North Main church were flooded to some degree. Some had flood insurance but that won't really cover the cost of rebuilding. And some didn't even have insurance. These were areas which had never flooded before - not in hundreds of years. So I can't really blame them for not paying for what seemed unnecessary insurance.

Many of the flooded homes of our brethren in Vidor have been emptied and stripped. Now they must sit empty to dry out before any rebuilding can take place. I think I was told that insurance companies demand a 45-day drying time. So everyone must find a place to stay for months during the dryout and the rebuild. They're probably looking at sometime in 2018 before getting back in their homes. When the boys and I came home I felt a little guilty that I was able to leave the disaster and go home. These people are months away from going home.

But the people I met are resilient, their faith unshaken. I held more than one person as they wept at their losses. But at the end of the day, everyone is pulling themselves up by their bootstraps and getting stuff done. And best of all, they're helping each other. People who have practically nothing are lending a hand to others. It's a beautiful thing.

So please continue to pray for our brethren in Texas and help in whatever way you can. I think my boys are going to be doing a fundraiser to send a little bit of help to Vidor. I'll let you know if/when that materializes so you can participate if you wish.
  • tryphena
    THANK YOU for this update! We could all learn much from firsthand experience. I'm glad you and your boys had the opportunity.
    by tryphena at 09/19/17 1:45PM
  • marmee
    Thank you for loving and helping. And for sharing your experience.
    by marmee at 09/19/17 5:31PM
  • misssonja
    How is our friend, Ted?
    by misssonja at 09/19/17 9:06PM
  • hartschloss
    There is nothing like doing good for our fellow man. What kind of fundraiser are the boys considering? We all can have a disaster, even if it's not a hurricane, so it's good to help others, as we know we can have something similar happen at home.
    by hartschloss at 09/20/17 12:51PM
  • ceoltoir
    In answer to you, Ted is amazing. You can't imagine the burdens on him, yet he maintains a calm, competent, gentle demeanor. I don't know how he does it. In his shoes I would've been screaming by now.

    I believe our true nature shows in times of stress and hardship. He is faithful and helpful and self-sacrificial, just like a Christian (and husband and father and elder) should be. He's a treasure to the people of the North Main church.
    by ceoltoir at 09/20/17 1:43PM
  • ceoltoir
    We haven't fully formed a plan yet. I'll keep you posted.
    by ceoltoir at 09/20/17 1:46PM
  • misssonja
    Glad to hear that. It's hard enough to deal with his own loss, much less to ache for and shepherd so many others. I just cannot imagine the weight.
    by misssonja at 09/20/17 10:14PM
  • ginnyann
    Such a humbling experience you all had. It’s wonderful that everyone is pulling together and helping one another. It’s some of “love one another” that God commands. I can’t imagine what people are going through who have lost everything.....also in Puerto Rico, Florida and in Mexico. Good for your sons to want to raise some money.....thankful you arrived back home safe.
    by ginnyann at 09/21/17 8:47AM
  • lovescats
    Thank you so much for updating us. I cannot imagine. Prayers for everyone.
    by lovescats at 09/21/17 10:52AM
  • kailua
    I am glad you all had a safe trip. I know you must have been a big help whilst there. I admire your deed.
    by kailua at 09/21/17 10:01PM
  • friend2all
    I am so glad that you was able to go out there to help out. I miss Mr. Ted and everyone at north main congregation.
    by friend2all at 09/22/17 12:39PM
  • ginnyann
    Me too, but for now I just do the best I can. At least I have stronger muscles....ha!
    by ginnyann at 09/24/17 8:25AM
  • lovescats
    That - they are!!
    by lovescats at 09/27/17 8:23AM
  • kamille
    Thanks for the update.
    by kamille at 09/27/17 2:12PM
  • lovescats
    Oh wow - I LOVE homemade ice cream!
    by lovescats at 09/28/17 9:25AM
  • sjean
    Thanks for the update. It seems that Vidor may have been hit the hardest.
    by sjean at 09/29/17 6:52PM
  • chickadee
    I thought I commented here earlier, but do not see it. Thank you so much for what you and the boys did.
    by chickadee at 09/29/17 11:28PM
  • bandmom
    I'm so glad y'all were able to help! The reports from all along the Texas coast are similar--such devastation but so much love being outpoured. Truly the best things can happen when disaster strikes (the best spiritual things, I should say, and maybe because it helps us all to remember what's truly important in the eternal view).
    by bandmom at 09/30/17 3:13PM
  • misssonja
    TY for having me on your prayer list -- I still need it, but yes, my recent prayers are primarily "THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!"
    by misssonja at 10/04/17 3:45PM
  • chickadee
    I liked your answers, even learned a new word. LOL
    by chickadee at 10/04/17 3:52PM

Up next:

A trip to Vidor, TX to lend some hands to our brother Ted. I'm taking Son #1 and another teenager we have living with us.

Please pray for us to be safe and useful and that we leave the brethren there more uplifted than we found them.
  • kamille
    Have a safe trip. What has happened in TX & now in FL (and other places) is so sad.
    by kamille at 09/11/17 2:56PM
  • lovescats
    How nice of you to do and help. Glad you can. Prayers for all.
    by lovescats at 09/11/17 3:53PM
  • joc
    Oh, wow! Y'all are so sweet! I know they will appreciate it. Praying for a safe and successful trip for you.
    by joc at 09/11/17 5:11PM
  • sjean
    I heard Vidor was one of the worst hit. We helped in Beaumont on Saturday. How are the folks there doing? How many houses still need clean up?
    by sjean at 09/11/17 7:00PM
  • kailua
    Two thumbs up my sweet friend! Please remember to hug Ted for me.
    by kailua at 09/11/17 8:30PM
  • hartschloss
    Good luck with the trip - safe travels. I am sure there is much to do. I'm working a lot, even during the Gospel Meeting week. Doing a few 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm slots to take claims from people hit by both Harvey & Irma.
    by hartschloss at 09/11/17 9:59PM
  • misssonja
    Take a bunch of hugs with you from all of us!
    by misssonja at 09/11/17 10:26PM
  • ginnyann
    Good for you that you are able to go and extend a hand to those in need.
    Prayers for a safe trip.
    by ginnyann at 09/12/17 6:06PM
  • misssonja
    Thinking of you and so glad you are teaching your son and his friend how to be a man who loves and serves others.
    by misssonja at 09/13/17 11:53AM

Another LG quote

Today my boy went with me to the grocery to be my helper. After we loaded the groceries in the back of the van he attempted to close the door.
Couldn't reach it.
Tried climbing into the bottom of the cart.
Not even close.
Tried climbing into the van.
Didn't work.
Looked around for something else to help him.
Nothing.
So he clenched his fists and hissed, "Curse these short limbs of miiiiiine!"
  • joc
    What a boy! LOL!
    by joc at 08/07/17 5:34PM
  • sjean
    Haha, Love it!!
    by sjean at 08/07/17 7:10PM
  • kamille
    ROFL
    by kamille at 08/07/17 7:57PM
  • misssonja
    He is a character :)
    by misssonja at 08/07/17 10:33PM
  • gammy3gks
    Too cute!
    by gammy3gks at 08/08/17 3:36AM
  • tryphena
    :-)
    by tryphena at 08/08/17 6:15AM
  • ginnyann
    Cute!!!:)
    by ginnyann at 08/08/17 12:35PM
  • joc
    Thank you very much. Had a good day together.
    by joc at 08/10/17 8:40PM
  • ginnyann
    Thank you for prayers.
    by ginnyann at 08/14/17 4:36PM
  • kamille
    Thank you. Going to doctor Mon. for ear/sinus.
    by kamille at 08/18/17 2:33PM
  • hartschloss
    Has he asked for a pair of stilts yet?
    by hartschloss at 08/20/17 10:26PM
  • ceoltoir
    No but only because he hasn't thought of it.
    by ceoltoir at 08/22/17 10:54AM
  • bandmom
    Ha, ha! He's so funny!
    by bandmom at 08/25/17 8:41AM
  • kailua
    LOL - I feel his pain.
    by kailua at 08/25/17 3:40PM
  • ginnyann
    I don't think I got an invite for the homemade ice cream......yummy......bet it was delicious and fun being with fellow brothers and sisters. ;)
    by ginnyann at 09/05/17 11:21AM
  • chickadee
    Funny!
    by chickadee at 09/13/17 3:52PM