Last night was interesting. I ended up having a headache throughout the night and in the morning. I took a Trazodone to help me sleep with all of the caffeine I ingested last night. Well, I ended up waking up feeling hung over. I e-mailed my boss and told him I wasn’t very pretty from a headache hangover and I’d be in later. Honestly, it was like a dementor was sucking my brain out of my temple.

So I get into work today and I get no type of negative feedback from my boss on coming in late. He could really care less from what I can tell (until review time). My other coworker who thinks they are my supervisor at times was really stinky to me. I wanted to tell them to go suck an egg.

Here is my dilemma. Short of opening your medical records to your employer, how can you prove your sick days without making your boss jaded during reviews? Lets be honest, the healthiest survive and the sickies don’t get the raises because we actually use the company benefit called sick time. People who don’t get migraines can’t understand the nature of the recurrences, remissions, and cork screw in the head feelings. Getting up in the middle of the day and leaving just isn’t kosher when your boss doesn’t understand. I honestly haven’t researched if I need a doctors excuse to cover my sick days under the law. I just can’t afford copays for a doctor to tell me that I am suffering from a migraine to get a written excuse from my employer.

Now that I’m on break for school, I’ve been reading more of other peoples’ blogs. It’s amazing how different our experiences are but yet still similar enough. My neurologist said that migraines are a class of head pain that still to this day cannot yet be explained in every case. It bothers me that because I have pain in the head that they are classified as migraines; yet no conventional therapy does it just right. What a weird ailment, honestly. He told me if these are cluster headaches that they could come and go with periods of a year or less. Lovely.

Well I should pretend to work. I didn’t have coffee this morning, but I have a diet cola from the vending machine. It should help. It feels like I have my Topamax goggles on today so I cannot wait for what is in store.

Categories: Headaches


I'm a 20-something full time geek, part time student and photographer with a life partner, dog, house, and the two cars. I also have an ice pick in my left temple every day.


OnlineMom · December 23, 2005 at 10:01 AM

I really feel for anyone who suffers from migraines. I’ve had two headaches in my life that I assumed were similar to the intensity of a migraine and they were enough to make me want to die. I couldn’t imagine dealing with them on a regular basis.

Artin · December 26, 2005 at 7:32 PM

It’s been a fun experience (insert sarcasm here). I thought that I’d never suffer from chronic pain like a friend of mine with a neurological disorder but now I understand what she goes through. The strange thing too is that we both had this come out of the blue. Guess it can happen to anyone!!

Jessica · January 8, 2006 at 12:53 PM

I don’t think it’s about following the law, but it’s just what does your employer want if you have to have a day off. If you’re taking your sick and vacation days when you’re sick, then, no one should have a prob with it. You might want to keep track on a log of those days, just to cya in case. I had an arrangement with my doc that if I got the flu, I could just call and ask for a doc’s note and he’d write it for me. He was cool like that. He just left it at the nurse’s station and I’d pick it up, or have hubby pick it up for me. He didn’t charge em for it,e ither. See if your doc will make that kind of arrangement with you. Just tell him you can’t afford to make an apt everytime you get a migraine, but your employer wants a note. it’s a 50/50 chance he’ll do it and worth a shot. If your boss isn’t worried about it, then you shouldn’t worry either. But, if you are worried, then there’s nothing wrong with having a frank discussion about your work performance with your boss. If he is worried about your absences, he’ll say so. Otherwise, you can figure that your work output is what he really cares about and if you’re good at that, then don’t worry and just spend that energy taking care of yourself, ok?

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