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#JusJoJan 2018, the 18th – Revolt


It seems my brain has revolted against me. I hope the following post makes sense – I’m not entirely sure I’m over it.

It started last night while I was driving to a coffee shop, to work on a short story I plan to submit to a new anthology. I began getting blank spots in my vision–the “s” was missing at the end of the word “McDonald’s,” for instance–which I know is an indication that a migraine is coming. Migraines like this, for me, usually come without pain, so I figured I’d be fine to continue on my way as long as I picked up some Advil. I stopped at the dollar store and walked around for a bit to see if the blind spots would clear, but they only got worse. Yet by the time I found the Advil and got to the checkout, it had completely cleared up. So off I went.

I got something to drink, took my Advil, and sat down to work. I began to get a mild headache, so I held off on writing for a while. Once I felt fine, I got out my notebook, put the pen to the paper, and couldn’t remember what I was going to write. Hmmm… I thought about it for a few seconds and then remembered the word I wanted was “snooze.” I got the S-N-O-O on the page and couldn’t for the life of me envision what the next letter was supposed to be. I was relieved about ten seconds later when I got it. Off to the next sentence.

I vaguely recalled I wanted to write, “I’ve never been much of a dreamer.” It took me a few tries, but I finally got the sentence written on the page. I thought it was a bit weird that I wasn’t able to concentrate, but I wasn’t too concerned. Yet. Seems my letter of the day yesterday was “v.” It was all I really managed. This is what I wrote:


“I give have been a dreamer.”

I realized this when I reread it about ten minutes later. I also realized I had to get to the hospital.

Fast forward to 3:10am: I walked home (thank goodness I only live 15 minutes from the hospital–I’m not allowed to drive) with a diagnosis that it may have actually been a migraine, but it could also have been a mini-stroke. The doctor at the emergency said that though I didn’t have any other symptoms, I should treat it like a stroke as a precaution. I’m going for a CT scan and an ultrasound this afternoon (don’t believe what they tell you about wait times that kill people in Canada!) and after I get a blood test, I have to go to a stroke specialist to get an all clear.

Now I’m going to try to get some sleep. Three hours and twenty minutes with 31 minutes awake/restless in between (thanks, Fitbit) wasn’t enough.

This dramatic post is brought to you by Just Jot it January, and in particular, prompted by the word β€œrevolt,” provided by Sandra! Thank you so much, Sandra! She hasn’t written a JusJoJan post yet, but I’ll link her blog again here. Please go and say hi! To participate in the prompt, please visit this post, where you’ll find the rules and you can leave your link in the comments.

Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

56 thoughts on “#JusJoJan 2018, the 18th – Revolt

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  3. Take care of you as much as you can. Sending good, healing energy to you.

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  4. I hope you can take care of yourself and get healthy. You have more on your plate than most of us, so that stress can be horrid. Remember to color and Ohm a bit. Prayers, and gentle hugs my friend.


  5. Migraines can definitely be scary but that sounds worse than most. I hope you get checked out and given the all clear on a stroke quickly. Take it easy.


  6. wow that is pretty terrifying! Hope all is well! Hugs to you, Linda.


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  9. Good mercy! I’d put money on the migraine, but Imma worry about you anyway. That had to be scary. I hope you get a good snoove tonight ❀


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  11. I hope you’re feeling better and it was ‘only’ a migraine.


  12. Oh my goodness! That kind of exciting day you don’t need. I get idiopathic migraines like that all the time, and usually, like you, taking a couple of Advil (ibuprofen) will stave off a full-blown migraine. Too much stress does not help.

    When I first started reading your post, I could readily identify with the mind revolting, but when I read about the trouble with spelling and sentences not making sense, I knew you were in trouble. I’m so glad that you were aware that it was something emergent and didn’t just go to bed thinking you would be better in the morning.

    Take care of yourself.


  13. You need to slow down a little bit and take care of yourself. Relax and get better. Thinking of you!


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  15. I certainly hope you are feeling better and have nothing serious to worry about. Migraines are way bad enough, you don’t need no stroke.

    (For laughs, my phone changed that to β€œyou don’t need no dork” )


  16. Yikes! Glad that you are getting prompt care. Sending lots of positive energy your way.


  17. I hope that you are OK, Linda, that must have been a very scary experience. Sending lots of positive thoughts your way. πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–


  18. Sending positive thoughts and healing prayers your way, Linds. Take care of you.


  19. I hope everything is ok!


  20. Scary times, but I hope for the all clear and it was just a migraine, as if that’s good news.


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  22. Sure, waits occur, but not if it is an emergency situation. We are lucky here, though I’m beer there are issues to be addressed, and I never forget it. So glad you are ok, and keep us updated.


  23. I’ve had this a couple of times too. The blind spot tho g is so scary it is almost alwats followed by a migraine though. Had it last Monday I sympathise xxx


  24. Your experience would freak me out. You seem to be handling it with considerable aplomb.


  25. How scary for you. Hope everything turns out okay.


  26. Scary situation! Hope everything works out okay. I get auras before migraines sometimes too but mine are flashing colors in my peripheral vision.


  27. I’m sure you will, but let us know the results!!!!


  28. Oh, how scary for you! Glad you made it to the hospital to get checked out. Wishing you a good report after all the tests.


  29. Fingers crossed you’ll be ok!


  30. I wish this was fiction. I hope all goes well and the precautions take care of everything.


  31. Oh! my Linda I do hope you get the all clear , I am sure you will . If it was a mini stroke a TIA they are a warning so take care….. if it was a migraine take care . Thinking of you xxxxx


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