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I’m so sorry that I disappeared for so long, but I had even less time than I thought I would to use the computer for the six weeks I was gone.
As I said before I work at a summer camp and have limited internet access. Although my laptop was in the office and constantly hooked up to the internet, as Head Counselor, I was lucky if I was able to check my e-mail and hop on facebook for a few moments to answer messages each day.
Now I know for next time I’m away that I should have things in my queue. I’m still relatively new to all of the blogging that happens here, so forgive me if I’m off my game a bit.
I got back to New Jersey on Tuesday evening (around 9 PM) and have been trying to recover ever since. I got the camp sickness, which is a kind of cold, but it happened right at the end, so there was good timing. I have slept an obscene amount, but still don’t feel rested.
I also experienced the headache associated with such an altitude change (I was in the mountains in Western PA for over a month), and there were storms here, so it turned into a migraine very quickly. I do have to say that while I had headaches like I usually do, during our camping weeks I only hadonemigraine. It was miraculous. (Not the migraine, the lack of multiple ones).
I started with a headache on a Sunday and it just didn’t go away. I was still wearing sunglasses that night during Staff Intros, and when I did my rounds at the cabins that night, I nearly fell asleep in a chair in front of Cabin 8. I went back up to my cabin and fell asleep almost instantly. When I woke up the next morning I felt even worse and now was nauseous and dizzy in addition to the headache I still had. I slept through calisthenics and morning prayers and headed down for breakfast where I only had some cereal. I was up and moving for a few hours while I sipped coffee which usually helps me feel better. Unfortunately, I was too far into migraine territory to reverse things and the camp director sent me back to bed.
Even though I was like “No, I just need to keep my sunglasses on and sit every once in awhile, I’ll be fine.” and he was like “Uh, you’ve been throwing up, you need to go back to bed”. So I did. I slept through free time and part of the afternoon and felt better when I woke up around 4-ish. I took a shower and although my headache lingered for most of the week, it didn’t get back to the point where it was on Monday.
That Monday I also had the unique experience of having to work with one of my campers throughhermigraine. I knew that she got them, but she has yet to find anything that works for her, and she was at the point of wanting to go home because she was afraid she would just be in too much pain to make it through the week, no matter how much she wanted to stick around.
Things got resolved, and I’ll write more about this experience later, but it was interesting to be on the other side of it for once and it gave me a new perspective on migraines at camp.