In my previous post, I mentioned “aggravations” I had experienced this past week. That word seemed appropriate to encompass the frustrating process of going through my closets looking for stuff to sell and enduring a headache which slowed me down for the better part of Wednesday.
And it was a headache I could have avoided. Back when I was in my early 20s, I used to get these really bad headaches that would last for an afternoon or evening, then disappear totally by the following morning (if I got a good night’s sleep). My father told me that his Dad, my grandfather, also used to get really bad headaches in his 20s and 30s, but sometime in his mid-30s, they started occurring with less and less regularity. The same thing happened to me. I get fewer headaches nowadays and can usually avoid most such aggravations by making sure to drink enough water on hot days and not to wear my contacts for longer than a month.
Well, I started wearing my last pair sometime in mid-April which means I should have replaced them last week. But, well, I wanted that pair to last me until the end of the month. I put them on on Tuesday before going to the Decision Day Rally and could feel the buildup of enzymes or whatever accumulates after I’ve worn them for so long. I know that if I wear contacts which feel as those did, a headache often ensues. But, after a few minutes, my eyes began to adjust, so I didn’t let it bother me.
On Wednesday, I woke with an excruciating headache.
Tylenol made it possible for me to be functional, but I wouldn’t be close to 1005 until the end of the day.
I thought of something a friend who is a doctor once told me about food poisoning. Many people who get food poisoning report the food which caused their malady tasted a bit off. Even so, they kept eating.
Just as they should have known better, so should have I. In my 20s and early 30s, I probably couldn’t have prevented many of the headaches I suffered, but now I can. Just need to use some common sense. 🙂