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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Life in Full Color

I've read all of the comments about how horrific migraines can be - and I am so sorry that any of you experience that ordeal on a regular basis. This is my first true multi-day migraine, and I sure hope that it doesn't get worse than this. Thanks for all of the support and advice. Nurse Shyla thanks you too.
I woke up with my head still hurting but no other symptoms so I decided to "pretend that my head didn't hurt" and try to live my life like normal. Shyla and I hiked out into the winter sunrise. She romped, getting snow all over her face.
Early in the hike, she stopped and gave me a "trademark" Shyla look. It's shown in the photo below. Shyla looks very serious as she gazes at me with a slight head tilt and soft eyes. She does it most often when she's happy but I'm still not sure quite what it means because there's almost a look of disbelief on her face.
I've noticed how Shyla looks more and more beautiful to me every day, reflecting how our bond is growing. When I see Shyla standing in the sunrise light, I am awed by her.
My ruse (that "my head didn't hurt") worked for much of the day, as long as I wore dark glasses and didn't move my head too fast. At least I didn't miss out on another day of life - and that's a victory, as far as I'm concerned. I hope that this pain is gone tomorrow.
Finally, I know that it's "Black and White Sunday". I always want to participate but I've learned that I have trouble giving up the color in my photos. I think that the color is what captures my heart, and when it's gone, my photos don't look as beautiful to me. I'm not sure how Ansel Adams managed to make such captivating and gorgeous photos with no color!

But, I did stumble upon an unsettling scene in the forest today that seemed best depicted in black and white. Here is a snippet, and maybe someday I'll feel up to telling the story behind it.

Thanks again to all of you for your supportive comments to this "novice" migraine sufferer.


  1. glad you were able to manage the headache today. Once again the photos are beautiful and I love R snoozin on his red bed!!
    the story in the forest sounds interesting...hope you will tell it someday.
    Have a great week.

  2. True blown migraines are horrific, as anyone who gets them will know only too well, and when lasting more than one day, one of the worst possible places to be. Shyla will know something is happening, she is so finely tuned into happenings and events, I hope her TLC will work a miracle or two. Greetings from Jean.

  3. Mom gets those nutty things sometimes once a month. Glad you have nurse Shyla to help.
    Benny & Lily

  4. migraines are a new thing in my life and I hope they go away soon

    Stop on by for a visit

  5. Ann....from....Outer Banks of NC..said....."Everything is Beautiful in its own way"....nice pictures of Shyla standing in the sunlight and sweet R resting on the sweet....special blessings and prayers....hope you feel better tomorrow....HUGS

  6. My feelings are, the person who said "No Pain, No Gain" had never had a migraine.

    Bert and my Vickie

  7. So sorry to hear about your migraine!
    I had one this weekend too! They certainly are no fun!
    Nurses Sherman and Leroy help me get through them pretty good:)

    Gorgeous pictures of Shyla!

  8. I'm glad you were able to get out and enjoy life today in spite of the migraine!

    I think Shyla and R both look fantastic in color and black and white. I'm often surprised by how much a picture changes when I look at it in black and white.

    It looks like a monument of some kind. I'm curious about the story behind it!

  9. I think is happy and that look is her saying, "I can't believe how blessed I am to be with you." Yep that is what she is saying. Looking forward to the story. It goes with out saying the photo are breath taking and I sure hope your head feels better by morning light.

  10. Hope you start feeling better! Shyla is so beautiful. Those B&W pics have an eerie beauty

  11. Migraines are no fun at all. Nope. I have had them in the past. I still get them from time to time. The worst one I ended up in the doctor's office getting a shot. Then he gave me pills that dissolve under the tongue. They helped A LOT!! I think the name was Imitrex. Sure hope you are feeling better today. Shyla is just beautiful!! xo Jeanne

  12. We hope you're migraine-free today, KB!

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  13. If you can "pretend" that you don't have a migraine, then you are a whole lot stronger than most of us who hide under the blankets in a dark, quiet room for a week at a time! Hope it's gone completely today and that you don't have to pretend anymore.

    Shyla and R...beautiful as ever!

  14. i had one migraine once in my life from antibiotics for a cat was horrible. hope your head is quiet soon!!
    i'm interested in the blk and wht story....
    feel better and hugs to beautiful Shyla! is really is amazing how she has changed....

  15. I agree with Goose's comment about Shyla - that's about the same thing I was thinking Shyla was thinking! "How did I get so lucky to be here?!"

  16. Oh no... migraine can be nasty. Piappies Mom could not stand it whenever she could not remedy her migraine attacks because she drinks meds when the pain starts. We are happy though that you are feeling better.

    Shyla glows more and more and she has such a gentle face.

    Piappies - Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Max, Wai-Pai & Forgie

  17. Oh my......I have heard from others who suffer with migraines how debilitating they can be. I am glad you have such a sweet nurse taking care of you! Take good care of yourself, KB

  18. Hi!
    Hope you are feeling better. Its not nice to have that....
    You managed to get beautiful pictures of Shyla , she is a real beauty queen

  19. KB, I hope that by now your migraine is gone. I'd have a hard time pretending my head didn't hurt and soldiering on as you did.

    Beautiful Shyla photos, but I especially love the picture of R napping. I'm interested to learn more about the horse art and the "unsettling scene" where you found it. Intriguing!

  20. Yes, migraines can be truly horrific. I hope it is gone by now - if not - please seek medical attention. Especially if you don't normally have them!

    Love the pics and I agree - I usually prefer the color - especially since you live in such a beautiful area seems a shame to black and white the scenery!

  21. I just loves dat look Shyla gives, it always makes me happy. I wonder what her be thinkin' too.
    I hope your head feels betters. My mum has a furined dat gets them migraines but hey make her violently sick.

    Thank you fur da comment and your thoughts on da shots. Mum has been thinkin' bouts not doin' next year. But, we can't cuz I goes to da kennel several times a year. We aint real sures what to do. I needs to ove where you lives I think.


  22. aww Shyla is beautiful.... love the horses, would love to hear the story!

  23. We agree that Shyla is getting more beautiful every day.
    We hope your feeling better.

  24. To be honest, just reading the word "migraine" makes me feel a bit nauseated, and it's been years since I had them regularly.

    I don't know if anyone else has mentioned this, but one thing that has helped me in the past when a migraine just Would Not Quit, was to surrender to the nausea and deliberately retch. It seemed to break the hold, somehow, and although my head still felt like a cracked eggshell full of thick wet concrete, at least it stopped feeling AS bad, and soon began to feel better. I later learned from a chronic pain specialist that this is actually called "aborting a migraine" and is a "real" technique.

    Good luck! And much empathy! I have them about twice a year now instead of about twice monthly.


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