I woke up this morning to an angina attack. This is just one of those things. It hurts like a full-on heart attack, but you take medicine and three minutes later it goes away, leaving you feeling like you got run over by a truck.
What causes it? Excessive tiredness is one thing and I’ve been really tired lately. But also — and very specifically — aspirin and any other NSAID.
In this highly pollen-laden weather, I’ve had a headache that won’t quit. Pretty much the only thing that works is Excedrin and sometimes, coffee.
I’m not supposed to take anything with aspirin in it and definitely not Excedrin. Although I’m usually diligent about medication, a really bad headache is one of those things I can’t ignore. And sinus/hay fever headaches are ugly and long-lasting.
And this morning, I paid the price.
I can sneak in a couple of Excedrin once in a while, but I can’t take it daily and I certainly can’t take it more than once a day.
Speaking of allergies, I know that allergies are not illnesses. I get that. Just because you feel like hell, you aren’t officially “sick.” But allergies are worse than (for example) a cold. You get a cold, it hangs around a few days then goes away. You get into allergy season and you are comprehensively miserable in every possible way until the pollen finally leaves for the winter … and you know you’re going to go through it again come spring. Different pollen, but around here, the pollen is so heavy it looks like green snow is falling.
The dogs sneeze too. Red eyes all around. We are all miserable and I’m maxed out on allergy pills.
So I didn’t write anything this morning. Garry brought me some coffee and a muffin. Then, I went back to sleep for a few hours. Now, I’m feeling nearly human, but there’s a headache, back for round who-knows-what. Only this time, I can’t take anything.
In all of the years of headaches, the only medication that has ever actually worked is Excedrin or one of its generic clones.
Ironic isn’t it? I have a dozen prescriptions — and not one of them will make that pollen-generated headache go away.