Brain matter

714This weekend my brain decided to throw me another awesome little surprise in the form of a migraine.

I saw “another” because when I was 15 I started having these short 10-second episodes where I felt like I was rising out of my body. I would get 10 to 20 episodes a day, but never thought much of them, and never mentioned anything to my parents.

Eventually I was getting fewer, and by the time I was in college I was having them a couple times a year.

Within 6 months of my first ever “adult” job I had a grand mal seizure (in the office, during a meeting, awesome). At the ER the doctor informed me that I had had a seizure, and that she was required to report this to the Ministry of Transportation as they have to suspend my license until I can be cleared by a neurologist.

Of course, this being Canada, it took 2 months to get in to see the neurologist. At this point, I had another grand mal seizure on Christmas Eve (1.5 months after the first). By this time though I had done a lot of research on seizures and had already come to the conclusion that those short episodes I had in my teens were simple partial seizures. This is also the feeling I get in the seconds before losing consciousness from a grand mal (then it’s called an aura).

ID-100100660The neurologist confirmed I have temporal lobe epilepsy through an EEG, and I was put on medication. Since that time I have been seizure free (8 years now).

I woke up Friday morning at 4am with a pounding headache. I fell back asleep, hoping that the headache would disappear with more sleep. Too bad that wasn’t the case because I woke up to my alarm clock and it was even worse. It was centred in the front of my head, around my temples, and behind my eyes (even now I can feel some eye strain and tenderness at my temples). I managed to get through the day at work, but mostly because there wasn’t much to have to focus on.

I went to bed Friday night thinking that there was no way I was going to wake up with this pain still – except I did, which is when I made the decision to go to the doctor (correction: my mother gave me the ultimatum of seeing whether my doctor could see me that morning or going to the ER. There was no way I was going to sit around sick people for hours if I could help it).

When my doctor assessed me she confirmed that I was having a migraine. She gave me a prescription for Tylenol 3 – and thank god Mr. Dreads was around to drive me because I was in no condition. As soon as I got home I popped one of those suckers, and waited. Nothing happened, except I got really tired and had a nap.

Surely I thought it would have been gone when I woke up – but nope! I popped another one, and waited again. Nothing.

After another 4 hours waiting I took 2 more and went to bed. At the very least they allowed me to sleep somewhat peacefully despite the pounding in my head.

Sunday I woke up with minimal pain but felt like complete crap. In fact, I felt similar to how I feel after a seizure – lethargic, nauseous, and overall just shitty. Apparently this is common after both a seizure and a migraine, except this shitty feeling has lasted through to today.

At what point can I expect this to stop? I am leaving for Jamaica early tomorrow morning and would hate to feel like this stepping off the plane. Actually I would hate to feel like this at all, but certainly not while sitting trapped on a plane for 4 hours. I’m already a pretty bad traveller, I don’t need this shit to make it worse.


Sorry, but I’m not sorry

Have you ever had to apologize for something that you didn’t think you should have to apologize for?

I had to do this today, and all I wanted to do was send the below image to the crazy woman instead – because I’m not sorry!


Sometimes I wish I could speak my mind like a child but without the adult consequences.


Single GTA Women: Watch For This Man

I saw this story on the news last night and am passing it on.

This is 29-year-old Robert Charles Henry, who also goes by the name “Anthony Henry”

He is 6’ 2”, weighing about 190 pounds, with an athletic build, short black hair and a thin chinstrap beard and goatee.

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He is accused of forcing a woman he met on PlentyofFish into his car, threatening to kill her, and hitting her with his car.

Police believe there may be more victims.

He drives a 2001 Silver Lexus with license plate BSDY 927.

If you have seen this man, or have been unfortunate enough to meet him, please contact Toronto police at 416-808-5204, or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com, or by texting TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).


Internet, you are awesome

I wish I could see inside people's head sometimes, just so that I could understand what they were really looking for when they stumbled across this blog using these search terms:

“girl gum sex”
Sounds kinky. And sticky.

“kids intoxicated”
This is just wrong and I hope it's not some type of weird pedophile porn fetish.

“I'm a black man and I love white women”
I love you too, anonymous black man.

“intoxicated dating website”
Because, you know, sober dating is so boring. This could possibly be an interesting reality show concept though.

“was the do dogs even have brains girl serious”
I've been wondering the same thing!

Which leads me to some of the strangest Google auto-completes that I've seen – people really are very, very strange:

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Interesting defense.

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I bet gifted children taste extra special too due to the larger brains.

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Rats need to be loved too, I guess.

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Seriously what is wrong with people?

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Most of the black people I know would agree with this statement.

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This reminds me of a story I heard from Barrie, ON, where a woman was divorced from a man who turns out had been sleeping with his mother, and who fathered at least two kids with her. How do you explain that to the kids – your father is also your brother? Your mother is also your grandmother? That's messed up.

And the reason that person's hooha smells like fish is due to bacterial vaginosis – just saying, ladies get that shit cleared up, ok?

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Yes, no, no, oh my god no

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Does this actually sound like a fun experiment to anyone else?

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Me too.



World Toilet Day

Did you know that November 19th was “World Toilet Day?”

The mandate of this observance is to raise awareness “about the need for all human beings to have access to sanitation,” because apparently a whole bunch of people worldwide don’t have access to a proper toilet.

Crazy, right?

And here I am with my very own personal toilet, sink, and shower that I clearly take completely for granted.

More disturbing though than not having a toilet is the fact that Indian women have to travel in groups to use communal bathrooms, otherwise they face being molested by packs of men who hang out around the bathroom. Filthy pigs. Instead some women opt to just relieve themselves publicly, which has made India the “global capital of open defecation.”

I can’t even pee without the door closed AND water running if A is in the next room!

I started reading the comments on this Huffington Post article and grew more disturbed:


…I have a close friend who was invited to attend the wedding of a professional colleague of hers in India two years ago. She made it a three week vacation and took along her 18 year old daughter. They were both so shell shocked and traumatized when they got back I don’t think words can adequately explain what happened to them. As westerners they were advised to dress very conservatively. Even so, every time they were out in public they were openly fondled and groped all day every day.

Then I started clicking on the related articles and was reminded of how lucky I am, as a woman, to have been born in Canada, to be able to have a job, a toilet, dignity, and the right to not be assaulted (or have justice if, god forbid, I ever am) – I’m appalled and thought I would share some of the articles that made me so grateful to be Canadian. Our society is far from perfect, but it’s better than this:

No Menstrual Hygiene For Indian Women Holds Economy Back

India faces stinking reality on Toilet Day

Why Women Go to the Toilet in Groups

I am going to give my toilet an extra special cleaning today to show my appreciation to it.