October 02, 2009

Take Two Bayer and Call Me in the Morning

I think I've said before how much I love working with the guys in my office. Most of them are over 65, they are having a great time in life, they're mellow, and they really get what's important and what's not. They get that my family should come first.

Yesterday, I found a downfall with that age group, in particular if they all have heart problems. (The heart conditions aren't a problem other than the time one of them tried to have a heart attack at work... but that's an old story.)

Life has been very stressful lately. I can't escape it. Things are very bad at work, so stressful that one of the engineers I work with at Company X is very sick, at home sick, and his co-workers thought instead he had just up and quit. It's pretty bad when the economy is a piece of trash, people are getting laid off, jobs are hard to find in any industry and the stress levels are so high that people immediately assume someone had enough and walked and would rather be on welfare than do what we do for a living.

It's stressful at home. School, kids, stuff. It doesn't stop.

It hit a crescendo this week and yesterday as I was staring into my computer at work, the beginnings of a migraine started.

I know the signs. I frickin' KNOW the signs. And inside I thought, "Nah... maybe not. Maybe I am just wearing my hair too tight." So I let my hair down and I continued to play the 'oh no, I'll be fine game' until six hours into I realized... "I'm in deep doo doo."

I'm 44 years old and had my first migraine at age 9. After 35 years of migraines, I know the timetable. And it was at 3:00 when I realized, "I have one hour before I vomit."

I still had to pick up a kid from school.

I said from my cube to my Tech Lead, "Do you have any ibuprofen?" It's the only thing that works for me. Tylenol, aspirin... anything doesn't touch it.

He answered to the negative. I walked over to Joe's cube and asked. He's 65 and said, "No, but I have this..." and he showed me a bottle of Bayer.

I thanked him profuseley as I quietly kicked myself for not replenishing the stock in my purse. That's when he said, "Wait! I know where we can get some!"

With that we walked into the next office, to one of his buddy's desk, a buddy gone for the day, where he opened the desk drawer and pulled out... a bottle of Bayer.

I thanked him... and said, "No... it's good..." and he said, "Wait! I have another place to check!" where we walked to yet another one of my co-worker's desks, opened their credenza and found... a bottle of Bayer.

See the trend here?

Folks, if any of you are cardiologists, if you think for a second that the men over 65 are not listening about aspirin helping to prevent strokes and heart attacks, you are wrong. I am here to tell you, I think every man I work with has a bottle of Bayer in his desk drawer.

Good Grief.

I ended up leaving early to stop by the drug store. I was nearly too late, as I waited for Ringo to get out of school, wondering if I'd have to throw up in my lunch box. It was one of the worst one's I've had in ages... alternating between my upper molars screaming and the fire around the periphery of my skull while my brains wanted to explode out the front of my face.

Two ibuprofen and one hour of sleep and I was good to go. I restocked my drugs today... they'll be in my desk next to my lysol disinfecting wipes... the essentials for working in an office.

Ringo said on the drive home, as I fought the sun from burning out my eyes and tried to keep from vomiting while driving, "Mom, do you need me to drive?"


In his dreams. Next year however... will be another story.

Posted by Boudicca at October 2, 2009 11:02 PM

Argh. That sounds awful. Hopefully, you don't get these too often. But in case of vomiting emergencies, I always carry some plastic grocery bags in my car...close at hand. (I went through a period of time where vomiting became a regular hazard. Long story, not for now.) Also, I've found that ginger...in almost any form (candied, candies, or juice)... relieves nausea better than anything else. I don't know if it would help in your situation, but might be worth carrying some ginger chews with you just in case.

Hope you are feeling better.

Posted by: DogsDontPurr at October 2, 2009 09:59 PM

Gaah! Migraines! My husband gets them, though fortunately as he has gotten older they have diminished. The daughter and youngest son also get them, so I feel for you! I know they are miserable.

We have found that for our family, Excedrin Migraine or Extra Strength Excedrin work very well if they are taken soon enough. (And of course, a dark room, a bucket, and sleep!)

Posted by: PeggyU at October 3, 2009 01:45 PM

DDP- I usually have them in the car, plastic bags, but I'd just cleaned my car and it was CLEAN. No bag... it would have seriously sucked to have had to have thrown up in my lunch box. My Mom has some sort of ginger candies I thinks she says really works. I need those in my stash. The headache went away, but it took 2 days this time for the nausea to subside.

Peggy- My Mom has the Excedrin! I took it the one time I suddenly went blind in one eye. No kidding, I was standing in her kitchen and suddenly I was dark black blind in one eye, no pain, just blind. She told me it was another form of migraine, had me take an Excedrin and it went away! Craziest thing!

Posted by: Bou at October 3, 2009 09:32 PM

Bou: Going blind in one eye (or both) would freak the living hell out of me!

Posted by: PeggyU at October 4, 2009 01:16 AM

sweet boy.

Posted by: patti at October 4, 2009 10:08 AM