Migraine-My Skull Worries, Dizzy


My Skull Worries, Dizzy by Program Participant, Pastel on Fabriano Paper, 12" X 18", 2014

My Skull Worries, Dizzy by Program Participant, Pastel on Fabriano Paper, 12″ X 18″, 2014

Migraines disappoint my client.  Our Bodyscapes session uncovered a subtler range of words to describe how she feels to live with the disappointment in her spirit caused by migraines in her head. The word, migraine, defines as  a throbbing, headache with visual disturbances. “I see reds, yellows and oranges on the edges of my vision. It is one of the first signs that a migraine is coming.” My client and I looked up the definitions to the words, migraine, head and disappointment. She immediately strung together meaningful words from the definitions into expressive phrases.  Most clients create  lists of  meaningful words at this point. Throbbing and pulsating with increased force and vibration. Headache contractions, worry with annoyance and difficulty. The front part of my head protecting me, the person commanding uuntil, my aptitude is in crisis. The dizzy unashamed, branches out to disturb, interrupt, and disarranged. Disappointment, a failing to meet hopes and desires. A pulsating quiver, exposing fear and anxiety, dramatic and extreme.  Here is my client’s condensed prose poem titled, My Skull Worries, Dizzy My skull where my aptitude juts out, worries The dizzy capable of being seen interrupts Pulsating contractions, putting out the person commanding Not strong, not robust Easily broken Resolute will shaking in the pulsating tumult  

The accompanying drawing, titled the same, shows the red, yellow and orange my clients sees before a migraine headache. The short red stripes indicate exactly where she feels the throbbing, pulsating pain in her skull and how she feels the pain radiates out from her head into the area surrounding the front and back of her head. “It is like the pain is so intense it can not be housed only in my head. It needs more space to occupy. On its own, it goes into the field around my head. I wonder if other people could be effected by it as well. Can they feel it in the air around me? But, I will not know. When I feel a migraine coming on, as soon as I can, I seclude myself in a dark space, away from all light. Now, when I have a migraine, I will think of this pretty yellow, orange and red light. I will think of it going out of my head into the world. It’s strong brightness can help other migraine sufferers sitting in the dark as well.” 

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