Sod’s law, and all that . . . I got up on Sunday, packed my bags for Stirling, then started to feel a bit peculiar. This ‘feeling peculiar’ rapidly escalated into the unmistakable signs of a migraine. (I had been lead to believe that one of the fringe benefits of my recent heart procedure was to reduce the incidence of migraine . . perhaps not immediately?) As some of the symptoms of migraine are quite similar to those of having a stroke, this particular migraine was a terrifying experience for both Tom and myself. But it was just a migraine. . . and I am fine. Anyone who suffers from these things will know how totally wiped out you feel afterward. . . you get the picture. . . needless to say, I am not on my jollies in Stirling, but at home, with my knitting, and Chiang Yee’s Silent Traveller in Edinburgh (thanks for the recommendation, Dancing Beastie). Probably the only bonus of this sad state of affairs is that, if I can manage it, I will get to take Bruce for his first proper outdoor walk tomorrow. Yes, the wee man has finally attained full immunity after his injections!! And not before time – he’s getting too damn big for Tom to keep carrying him around the park. . .

. . . and though I’ve already missed out on lots of fun with my knitting buddies, come rain, shine, or migraine, I will join them in Stirling at the weekend.

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  1. My sympathies, especially since I was levelled by one this weekend, too. I can’t imagine how scary it must be after a stroke, though. Glad that’s all it was, even if it sucks that you had to have one in the first place.

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  2. “The Knitter” article re: socks, a very interesting history of socks… thought you may like this interesting anecdote from my late Iranian brother-in-law. Apparently in the early days of the revolution when men were also expected to dress with extream modesty – shepherds were instructed to wear socks with their tradtional sandelled footwear in order to preserve their modesty! Of course as their sandals were not designed to allow socks to be worn – presumably many didn’t ……….

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  3. My son gets a migraine about once a year and they are horrible. He is an IT technician for a large secondary school. Last time he had to drive home when one was beginning.

    Kate that must have been horrible for you, I am glad that you are ok and it all settled down. I have heard that some people keep a food/drink diary and sometimes it can reveal a pattern of a food bringing a migraine on?
    The pictures are gorgeous!

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  4. I have suffered a few migraines myself and I can imagine the relief you must have felt. Bruce is so darling with such a sweet little face (I’m sure that has saved him quite a few times now – puppies are so full of mischief.

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  5. Migraines are truly terrible things. I’ve been following your recovery ever since I was drawn to your site for the Manu patttern and it’s so wonderful to see you getting back on your feet. Continuing best wishes for your health! :-)

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  6. Oh the joys of carrying a labrador puppy!! I would daily carry ours from a nearby carpark to meet the kids from school and was overjoyed when he could finally stand on his own four paws : )

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  7. Bruce is adorable!
    Migraines are terrible; I’m glad you are feeling better.
    Living in the US, I had not heard of Silent Traveller in Edinburgh, and I love travel memoirs. I was able to find a used copy for sale here, and I’m looking forward to reading it.
    Have a great time in Stirling.

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  8. I’m sorry to hear about your migraine, but I’m glad it wasn’t anything more serious after all that you’ve been through. It must have been a truly terrifying experience. Take care!

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  9. My daughter led me to your blog. I had a stroke in June of ’08, though not as severe as yours. I know the panic that sets in when you awaken with an arm that’s ‘asleep,’ or, for me, the occasional lisp that appears when I’m tired. I find I check the state of my smile frequently on those days, second guessing every twinge. It does become rote after awhile rather than terrifying. Prudent rather than fearful.
    I’m glad you can knit. I took yarn for a Baby Surprise Jacket into the emergency room with me when I had my stroke, as I awoke with my left hand curled. The hospital staff thought I was crazy as I struggled to cast on the myriad stitches necessary. I had thought, “It’s just garter stitch,” forgetting I had to count the cast on. It was exhausting, and it took me 3 days to get it right and a month to finish, but my knitting is back up to snuff now. I no longer walk with a limp and, after taking myself off statins, I was able to read again after 3 months of reviewing the same four pages over and over.
    I admire you tremendously, and your writing is stellar, not to mention your knitting designs! I hope to be back here often.

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  10. I am so sorry not to be meeting you in Sterling! Unfortunetely I am going back to Denmark tomorrow. Sorry, but I really think I know you after reading your blog for almost a year!
    Migraine is a nasty fellow, I have just discovered that I also suffer from it, though not so badly.
    Good you can knit at home, I am looking forward to seeing your next project!
    See you another time, hopefully!
    Karen from Denmark

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  11. Must have been migraine season, I was attacked by one on Sunday morning, didn’t clear out until late Monday. Thankfully, dosing up on Nurofen still works for me… Have a great one next weekend!

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  12. Sorry to hear about the migraine – I’m fortunate not to suffer from them (touch wood!) but I have several friends who do and they sound awful.

    I’ll be at the Marketplace at Knit Camp on Saturday – I will keep an eye out for you!

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  13. Sorry you had the scare, and the migraine, what a bummer! Whenever there is a new Bruce picture it makes us really want our own puppy. What a gem of a buddy you have there. Tom’s ok too. You have a good wee family Kate!

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  14. I hate that you had this scare! HATE!
    The only good thing is having a post and pictures of your gorgeous guys when we didn’t expect it.

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  15. (((hugs))) sorry to hear that – have you talked to your dr(s) about migraine meds? I’m on some great preventers and also have some migraine stoppers for when one slips under the net and they have revolutionised my life! I didn’t realise what these yucky headaches were for years, so glad I found out and could find something to help.

    Bruce is so cute, thank you for the continuing photos of the little guy and I hope you both enjoy his first proper walk!

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  16. Oh migraines are so icky, I don’t get them often but when I do, they floor me for at least that day. I consider myself lucky, I’ve known people who have them far worse than me. Here’s hoping you make it to Stirling and have a fantastic time.

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  17. What Margaux said: bum!

    I do hope you enjoy Bruce’s first proper walk, and are feeling fine for some yarn browsing at the weekend. (Perhaps I’ll see you there, I’m going up on the sleeper train on Thursday night.)

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  18. oh, how i hate it when migraines ruin all your plans. i get really bad migraines too and had a few migraine related mini-strokes, so how now how scary that is, but given your recent history it must be far worse and scary.

    sooo glad you’re feeling better.

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  19. Bum!

    Hope you are feeling better now, and able to take those first steps with the wee man in the park tomorrow.

    Hmm, that sentence could be misread…………

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  20. Sadly, the operation is not a guarantee of migraine cessation- I was tested for the POF here in Zurich and was going to take part in an international trial…. except I don’t have a POF. Before we got to that stage I was told that the operation to close the hole eliminates the stroke risk but not necessarily the migraines.

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  21. Oh, how I hate the migraine….

    Love that picture with the head-licking, though! Hope you are recovered from the hellish headache!!

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  22. I also get migraines and other things, and vision auras are just horrible.
    I hope this was just a farewell migraine from the stroke,and that the heart procedure finds its feet (so to speak), and you won’t suffer from them much in future. Enjoy Stirling when you get there!

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  23. Hope to see you at the weekend here in Stirling, Kate!
    I also suffer from migraines with vision auras etc., so I can very much appreciate how you and Tom feared it was the onset of another stroke.
    Glad that you’ll be treating yourself to some shopping at Knit Camp here in a few days!

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  24. Oh, migraines. So awful. I’ve had them for as long as I can remember, though I’m lucky in that they are almost always triggered by smells, and now that I know my triggers I can (sometimes) avoid them. I hope your heart surgery does reduce their frequency, even if it takes awhile to “kick in”.

    I’m glad it was *just* a migraine, given the alternative possibilities. I hope you have a great time taking Bruce on his first walk, and in Stirling this weekend!

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