Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Light and Shadow

"Mom, could you make an appointment for me to see the doctor?  I've got a horrible headache and I've been sick to my stomach again!"

#2 Son has had this too often lately, and it was starting to get upsetting, so i sent a text to the doctor asking if he could be worked in.

Yes, the doctor accepts texts, and he texted back that i could bring him at 10am.

Promptly at 9:30 #2 Son rolled out of bed and dragged himself to the car.  It's a good thing it's not far to the office.

Dr. Rey took his time, then called me in.

"This is the second time in 8 weeks he's been in here for this.  He gets a headache on one side with photosensitivity, goes to bed, wakes up with it worse and with vomiting.  He's having migraines!"

And indeed, that does seem to be the trouble.  It's making it difficult for him to go to school, too.

It has not dampened his sense of humor or his appetite, though.

"Hey, mom," #1 Son said, "the loup-garou [Cajun werewolf] saw his shadow, so there will be four more weeks of crawfish season!"

"That's great news!" #2 Son said as he laughed.  "More crawfish for me!  And I know just how I want to cook them!"

Today is:

Bonza Bottler Day™

Celebrate Your Name Week -- Tuesday:  Unique Names Day, a day to appreciate friends, acquaintances, and loved ones with unique names

Day of Remembrance for Prince Igor -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan Calendar

Heart-Accelerating Sodium-Enriched Cold Cuts Day -- internet generated by someone who has no intention of letting anything healthy past his/her lips

Hina Matsuri -- Japan (Doll Festivals throughout the country, where women and girls dedicate dolls to shrines which are then floated out to sea to take away evil and sicknesses that afflict women)

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo -- Houston, TX, US (since 1932, great rodeo action and top-name entertainment; through Mar. 22)

I Want You to be Happy Day -- a day to devote some time to making someone else truly happy about something

If Pets Had Thumbs Day -- because if you are going to imagine something silly today, it might as well be this; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

International Omega-3 Awareness Day

Joshi-no-Sekku -- Shinto (festival to honor girls)

Liberation Day/National Day -- Bulgaria

Marriage of the March Nymphs -- Fairy Calendar

Martyr's Day -- Malawi

Mother's Day -- Georgia

National Anthem Day -- US (current US anthem adopted this date in 1931)

National Cold Cuts Day

National Mulled Wine Day

North Dakota Winter Show -- Valley City, ND, US (world's largest crop show, eight-breed cattle show, rodeos, tractor pulls, entertainment, and more for tons of family fun; through Sunday)

Peach Blossom Day - coincides with the start of the Peach Blossom Festival around this time of year in Hunan, China, where you celebrate the beauty of peach blossoms, and girls celebrate being girls

Sportsmen's Day -- Egypt

Stop Bad Service Day -- spread around the internet by someone who got lousy service

St Casimir' Eve / Kaziukas Fair -- Vilnius, Lithuania (traditional craft fair dates back to the 17th century, celebrating Lithuania's patron saint; through tomorrow)

St. Cunegunda's Day (Patron of Bamberg, Germany; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Poland)

St. Winnal's Day (First comes David, Next comes Chad, Then comes Winnal, roaring mad! -- Traditional English saying about the storminess of March 3; St. Winwaloe or Winnal was the Christianized version of the Teutonic Aegir, god of the sea and controller of weather)

Thanks to the Maple Festival -- Iroquois (date approximate, held when sap began flowing, usually early March)

Town Meeting Day -- Vermont, US (giving all citizens the right to speak out about local government, an official state holiday the first Tuesday of March allows towns to have a daylong public meeting of voters to elect town officers, approve budgets, and deal with town business)

Anniversaries Today:

Florida becomes the 27th US state, 1845
Colegio Militar of Portugal is founded, 1803

Birthdays Today:

Jessica Biel, 1982
David Faustino, 1974
Julie Bowen, 1970
Jackie Joyner-Kersee, 1962
Herschel Walker, 1962
Ira Glass, 1959
Miranda Richardson, 1958
Tim Kazurinsky, 1950
Caroline Lee Bouvier Radziwill, 1933
Doc Watson, 1923
Diana Barrymore, 1921
James Doohan, 1920
Jean Harlow, 1911
Matthew Bunker Ridgway, 1895
Norman Bethune, 1890
Alexander Graham Bell, 1847
George Pullman, 1831

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Moonlighting"(TV), 1985
"Goodtime Charley"(Musical), 1975
"The Lion in Winter"(Play), 1966
"Mr Wizard"(TV), 1951
"Juno and the Paycock"(Play), 1924
Time Magazine, 1923
"Carmen"(Opera), 1875
"Symphony No. 3 in A minor(Scottish)"(Mendelssohn Op.56), 1842
"Symphony No. 101 in D major(The Clock)"(Haydn), 1794

Today in History:

The Statute of Rhuddlan incorporates the Principality of Wales into England, 1284
The Olympic Theatre, designed by Andrea Palladio, is inaugurated in Vicenza, 1585
The first amphibious landing of the United States Marine Corps begins the Battle of Nassau, 1776
The first US Jewish governor, David Emanuel, takes office in Georgia, 1801
The US declares war on Algeria for taking US prisoners and demanding tribute, 1815
The Missouri Compromise, an attempt to keep the US half Slave and half free, is passed by the US Congress, 1820
The Battle of Pelee Island takes place, Ontario, Canada, 1838
Tsar Alexander II emancipates the serfs of Russia, 1861
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, the founding member of the HSBC Group, opens, 1865
The first ever organized indoor game of ice hockey is played in Montreal, Canada as recorded in The Montreal Gazette, 1875
Georges Bizet's opera Carmen receives its première at the Opéra Comique in Paris, 1875
Bulgaria regains its independence from Ottoman Empire, 1878
Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood becomes the first female attorney to argue before the US Supreme Court, 1879
The US Geological Survey is created, 1879
Anne Sullivan arrives to begin teaching Helen Keller, 1887
Tsar Nicholas II of Russia agrees to create an elected assembly, the Duma, 1905
Toronto's Dr Banting & Dr Best announce discovery of insulin, 1921
Time Magazine begins publication, 1923
The United States officially adopts The Star-Spangled Banner as its national anthem, 1931
Oil is discovered in Saudi Arabia, 1938
In Mumbai, Mohandas Gandhi begins to fast in protest of the autocratic rule in India, 1939
Jackie Brenston, with Ike Turner and his band, records "Rocket 88", often cited as "the first rock and roll record", at Sam Phillips' recording studios in Memphis, Tennessee, 1951
An amateur video captures the beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers, 1991
The tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, Sky Tower in downtown Auckland, New Zealand, opens after two-and-a-half years of construction, 1997
Citizens of Switzerland narrowly vote in favor of their country becoming a member of the United Nation, 2002
Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly an airplane non-stop around the world solo without refueling, 2005
A 2-year old Mississippi girl born with HIV/AIDS is pronounced HIV negative after receiving treatment for the virus within 30 hours after her birth, 2013


  1. That's such a shame. MY WIFE suffers from migraines, as do a few others from her side of the family. All female, though, as male migraine sufferers are much rarer. I'll say a prayer for him.

  2. Migraines can be so debilitating for folks. Hoping they can find a therapy or medication that will keep him alert and out of pain. Do they still do food diaries to see if it is related to something he eats?

  3. Glad the doctor was able to work him in and at least figure out what could be causing your son not to feel well and to have those headaches. Hoping however it is decided to treat them that it is successful.


  4. i'm sorry for the migraines! hoping they can find a way to fend them off before they go full-blown.

  5. Yikes on migraines. Terrible stuff. My mother used to get them and sometimes it would take several days before she felt better.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

  6. Oh no...I get migraines. I hope they can figure out the triggers and get this under control. Prayers.

  7. I've never suffered from migraines but I understand they can be terrible. I hope these can be controlled for your son. Glad to hear this isn't affecting his sense of humor.

  8. I've never experienced migraines but had a friend that did. It totally interrupted her life at times. Sending God's healing power to #2 Son. As for the crawfish, never had them. Is the taste similar to Sasquatch meat?

  9. Bad news about the migraines - poor lad! I hope they can find the cause before he suffers many more.

  10. Oh the poor boy -- as a migraine sufferer myself - I definitely know his pain! My 10 year old son seems to be getting them suddenly too. Since my mom also gets them, I guess it's just one of those genetic things. I have found that drinking LOTS of water and regular exercise like yoga is helping quite a bit. I haven't had one in months since I started. Thankfully I have always been able to manage them without medication too -- other than just Tylenol or Advil. but, you definitely don't want to be around me when I have one. I am not fun.