Saturday, October 22, 2005

Where were the Bargers?

Have you ever wondered where the Bargers were in the 1920s? Well, now you can see a graphic representation of that very thing...

So, now you know. You're welcome.

My own ancestors were right there in that dark Pennsylvania patch in 1920. Right in the middle of Pennsylvania, actually. Some of my relatives are still there. It's a nice place. Maybe I'll move there someday. They have good weather and nice rolling hills and mountains.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Topamax: I think it's working!

I'm on a regular dose of 100 mg. per day now -- 50 in the morning and 50 at night -- and I think it's working. My headaches are no longer a constant droning ordeal. I'm still getting them a few times per week, but at least it's not all day long, every day, like it was through most of the summer.

The respite might be more due to a regular sleep pattern than the Topamax though. Charline is doing all the Jude work and is letting me sleep straight through every night. That made an immediate, substantial difference. It was like night and day, if you'll excuse the pun. Suddenly, I was able to think and work and function almost normally again.

Another big factor is the weather. The ungodly humidity and heat finally lifted from Jacksonville in mid-October, as it always does at this time of year -- allowing life to return to normal until about March, when the oppressive temperatures and rain and dampness and heaviness of air will descend on us again. When the weather changed for the better, last Friday, it was amazing. I felt like a completely different person. My head was clear. The pain was gone. The pressure was gone. I felt like I was on vacation.

So, with more Topamax, more sleep, and a change of season, I have quite a bit of relief from the migraines. That's all for now.