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some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice.

February 23, 2011

that’s robert frost.

i have said this before:
when you are a person who gets headaches, or at least really bad ones,
every single person grown up you talk to offers a cure.
something they have either read somewhere,
knew someone who it worked for 6 degrees removed,
or just something that makes sense to their logic.

and if you are a person who gets headaches, really bad ones,
you probably try all the suggested cures because
well, your head feels like it wants to explode and you’d rather it didn’t.
but you never really expect anything to work.

meanwhile, you want to trust your doctors,
but they keep throwing wildly powerful chemicals at you,
even when you say you’re tired of chemicals,
and that you would like to find a sustainable, affordable natural solution.

then one day, someone tells you
that they read on the internet that melting an ice cube
on your tongue, pressed to the roof of you mouth
will take a headache away, because your brain reacts to
thinking it’s freezing.

you say, sure you’ll try it, but you don’t actually think it will work.

then at 4am, when you’ve got that old feeling,
after trying the chemicals and the caffeine,
with no change since 6pm,
you are desperate for distraction.

two ice cubes later your headache is gone
and you are so euphoric and terrified
the world might as well be ending.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Steph permalink
    February 25, 2011 00:29

    this is beyond exciting.. ph Lisa. Good good good stuff.

  2. March 4, 2011 15:21

    I hope it continues to work!! I think I’d almost be scared to try it the second time because then you have actual hope. But maybe that’s just cynical/fraidy-cat me.

    I was actually just wondering two days ago if you were still getting headaches. Something at school reminded me of that. But I’ve heard of people who deal with something chronic and then post-pregnancy never deal with it again so I was quite hoping that was you because I can’t imagine caring for Elsie-Belle in the midst of a pain I can’t quite imagine either.

  3. April 2, 2011 23:01

    i am sorry to report that it turns out ice is not a cure. but it has consistently provided some level of relief/distraction.

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