Thursday, August 16, 2012

Apparently I have "migrainous tendencies"

Which is a fancy way of saying I sometimes get migraines.

I never have been officially diagnosed with migraines mostly because I don't get them very often and they don't last very long and I'm not much for going to the doctor unless I'm dying or scared about something. Getting a headache once in a while where I feel slightly nauseous and need to lay down in a dark room certainly doesn't cut it. Especially as sometimes it's over a year between incidents.

However, I have gotten these sorts of headaches since I was in High School. I'm also very sensitive to smells. I can smell perfume that other people don't even notice and I can always tell if someone around me is smoking even if I can't see a cigarette. And those things means I have a tendency to get migraines and having a tendency to get migraines is a red flag when it comes to post-concussion syndrome.

At least that what Brain Doc said to me today.

I'm scaring myself here

Yesterday, as I drove home from work, I started composing a blog post in my head. I had a catchy title and everything. But then I got home, had some dinner and kicked back a bit. Once I was relaxed, I decided to write out the blog post.

But it was gone. Really and truly gone. I can't even remember the catchy title.

Now, it's not like I never forgot anything before my accident. We've all had instances where we went off to do something, got into the room in the house we were going to do it and couldn't remember why we had come into that room. Or at least I have.

But post-concussion, it's different. It's like my slate gets wiped completely clean. There isn't even a niggle of "I know what I wanted to say/write/do and I know it's in my brain somewhere; I just can't access it." Instead, it's as if it totally left my brain.

This happens with words too. I'll be saying something and just as I'm about to say a word, it completely leaves my brain. I can't even remember what letter it started with.

I guess it's a good thing I see the neurologist in an hour.