July 22nd, 2004

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more feelings about migraines


I'm having trouble focusing. So many thoughts and feelings! It seems like truly clear-headed moments are so rare for me now, and usually they preceed a migraine. My thinking was clear when I was taking Depakote, but that's not a place I want to go again. I had too much weight gain and too many illnesses that stopped when I quit taking it. But does that mean I'm just refusing treatment? That's what my doctors think.


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traveling to a conference


This afternoon I spoke at a meeting for parents of blind children in El Paso, TX. The presentation went very well. I was actually pleased with my presentation, especially since I was winging it seriously. We weren't given any idea about what kinds of questions the host would have. So this morning I was sort of playing around with things I'd like to say if I had the opportunity. I ended up getting to say most of them; and if nothing else, I got some very nice comments on my style from one of the other presenters. Interestingly, the topic of blindness and barriers to employment came up and the discussion took a very surprising turn. Not one panelist made a big deal about blindisms or social skills. In fact, most of the others had had very similar experiences to mine. It's amazing how that changed my strength level!


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