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Posted by Elizabeth ( on December 03, 2001 at 00:01:19:

Most of you have been there: exhausted yet afraid to sleep.
Wouldn't you think that if you were truly tired enough to just fall asleep anywhere, that you'd be able to sleep through a CH? Or if you took a sleeping pill that usually keeps you knocked out through a few cat fights, the dog barking, and kids' nightmares, that it'd keep you asleep through at least one CH?
Yeah, noone has a secret way to get around any of this... and what works for one person may not work for another (eg, exercise). Short of the cave man's knockout method (ouch! talk about a sore head!), can't think of a single thing!
So why post? Distraction... rocking helps with the CHs, so maybe another distraction will help (?). Because you understand what it's like to be off CH meds, that some people get hyper or depressed, that people may need to be alone during a h/a but may want companionship after it.
Holidays are coming/here: a joyous yet stressful time of year. My family strives for a Norman Rockwell holiday (NOT gonna happen!!). Picture a huge victorian house, elegantly decorated (and the furniture is NEVER moved around), festive looking. The picture is okay - it's all the other stuff that makes it impossible! Sniping. Trying to fulfill the Norman Rockwell fantasy. Complaints by the youngsters that they didn't get the presents they wanted.... Why am I writing about the holidays? NOT A CLUE!
Plenty of you have felt like you're losing your mind during a cluster, right? Coming off the meds, there are more headaches and just a touch of depression (an understatement!) - know that i'm not alone there...
We're all here for eachother....through thick and thin, etc. Thank you for listening. Thank you for being friends who try to understand. Thanks for letting me vent (or whatever it is that i'm doing....rambling on....).
hugs to all (everyone needs a great big hug once in a while!), Elizabeth

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