a few days before thanksgiving, i started feeling that kind of pressure-fullness in my head. couldn't quite identify it as more than an oncoming cold, and kind of ignored it. okay, totally ignored it. yeah, that makes colds go away, right? sadly, not so much. the day after thanksgiving, i realized that it had been a sinus something-or-other (not an infection, because no discoloration was presenting itself, to put it as delicately as i can). i thought i could just take it easy--working at home is physically easy, and i had a TON of work to do over the weekend--and it would go away.
again, not so much the cure for sinusitis (as i learned it was called). this is why i'm an editor and not a doctor.
but i can't take anything with antihistamines or aspartame (also labeled as phenylketonurics or phenylalanine), and i also had in my head that a doctor had steered me away from pseudoephedrine, though now i'm not sure that's true. anyway, what this means is that we had no meds in the house for me to take, and smartboy is not a fan of making decisions for me at a store, so i basically laid on the couch or in bed until last night, when some homeopathic and otherwise seemingly safe meds arrived from drugstore.com. (not magically--i'd ordered them. they're good, but come on.)
so the first thing i tried was the sinus rinse. this is not a comfortable experience--a lot like getting water up your nose at the pool, continuously for what feels like a lot longer than you think it's going to be. but it seems to be effective. i think it would have been more effective if i'd used it immediately after inhaling all that dust upstairs during demolition (which is how i think all of this started), but it helped. i also tried some homeopathic tablets that i'm not convinced did anything. and when i finally had the energy for my first shower in days (i know, gross--sorry) this afternoon, i tried the vapor tablet in the shower, which also didn't seem to do anything.
but the real kicker was last night. the sinus headache i've had continually since the day after thanksgiving (so, six days), which is about as bad as a five-or-six-on-a-ten-point-scale migraine, yielded to the worst migraine i've had in probably a year. i used to get this kind--taking meds, crying myself to sleep eventually, waking up to vomit, vomiting for three hours, falling asleep on the bathroom floor because i lacked the energy to crawl back to bed amid all of that, that sort of migraine--anywhere from once or twice a month to every day when i was younger, up until maybe my mid- to late 20s. but these days, thanks to the headache center, i get them maybe once a year or so. this was awful. the only thing you can do when you have one of these is just keep reminding yourself, as my father used to tell me, that it isn't going to kill you--and then he'd add, "though when you feel like that, you really wish it would."
i felt okay this morning; it's common for bad migraine attacks to be followed by a period of euphoria, and i didn't experience that--i wasn't sure whether it was because of all the meds i'm on or because the attack wasn't over, just taking a break. i did get another this afternoon and have taken more meds. cross your fingers that that's the end of this attack. i'd really like to enjoy the upcoming weekend, frankly.
fortunately, it's slow at work today, so i could take it easy indeed. i ordered the new sahara pattern from stitchdiva, which i've been awaiting with bated breath, and ordered the yarn from kpixie. can i just tell you how much i love kpixie? i remembered that the last time i ordered from them (to make the simple knitted bodice), i'd emailed them to ask whether they had certain quantities of certain colors in stock that weren't on their web site. i can't even remember what made me think to try that. but i got a *fast* reply back telling me what they had from my list and when they'd be getting the rest. i placed my order and it went out *that day.* i could not believe how fast i got my stuff. *and* they gave me a discount code i'd known nothing about so i could save a little extra. so fabulous. naturally, i returned for this yarn and had the same experience. gee, i wonder why they're my first stop when i'm looking for the brands they sell?
the other place with which i have the same experience and that i adore is jimmy beans wool. when you place your order or just ask a question, you get a personal response and you get it quickly. i needed to return something and they were super nice about it--even when i couldn't get it back to them for a while. and once when i wanted something that was backordered for a really long time and canceled the order, the next time they got that item in, they emailed me to see whether i wanted it then. i think that's pretty impressive customer relations. small business quality.
compare that with my lys...not so much. they have yet to have anything i've been looking for, whether i've called and asked or gone in and looked. i also don't get the impression that they're particularly interested in bending over backward for services like finding out what i'm looking for and getting it in for me or taking things back that i've had for (mumble mumble) months. i keep going there first to try to get things, but unless it's a basic notion that i have to have right now (and even those i don't always find there and have to go to michael's or something), i consistently turn to these fabulous online vendors. they're doing it right.
anyway, i'm going to try to do some knitting saturday after doing some work on the house with smartboy. if the yarn from kpixie miraculously arrives by then, i can start on the sahara sweater. otherwise, my most recent jimmy beans purchase was three long circulars (sizes 0, 1, and 2) to try more socks in addition to the pair i have on the needles right now. my secret pal 8 sent me yarn and needles to try this, and i've been working on understanding magknits' tech guy socks pattern (the short row yarnover thing really stumped me). i've since read knitty's universal sock pattern, which explains these yarnovers WAY better. so i'll keep plugging away at those. knitting socks feels very gratifying, and i have quite a bit of suitable yarn in the house. i wish i'd started sooner to have stuff made for christmas for everyone, but the list is just too big and i've been way too selfish this year. two sweaters for me? yikes. of course, i still haven't sent lisa her tempting ii; it looks wonky at the top, so i don't know that she'll be able to wear it. nice birthday gift for her, huh? geez, did i even send her *anything*? crap. i did make jen a sweater (tubey) and she likes it a lot.
next year. i'll be a more generous knitter next year.