Friday, September 17, 2010

What I'm Reading

Carved in Bone: A Body Farm Novel by Jefferson Bass

So far, I'm really enjoying this book. It's about a forensic anthropologist helping with the investigation of a murdered woman. The investigation takes him into a small, rural town that is inhabited by people who will do whatever they have to in order to defend themselves and their kin. I'm fascinated by the field of forensic anthropology. I've found that this book isn't so technical that I can't understand it, but it still has enough science to make me feel like I'm learning something. I'm also eager to find out what happened to this woman.

The Migraine Brain by Carolyn Bernstein and Elaine McArdle

This is a book that I randomly picked up in Walgreen's one day. I've suffered from chronic miraines for a little over 9 years. It took me forever to finally find the right combination of medications to curb my painful migraine episodes. As a newlywed, I spoke to my neurologist about how my medications will play into trying to have a baby when my husband and I are ready. I will still be able to take my magnesium supplement but will have to stop my other medication. This makes me nervous. I'm not sure I'll be able to manage being off my medication and having the migraines like before. Finding this book, though, has helped with my determination to find ways to manage my migraines without medications. I'm only 24, and I really don't want to spend the rest of my life popping pills every day to keep from feeling like someone has a jackhammer in my head. I'm not very far into the book, but it has already given me some valuable informatio and useful suggestions. In fact, I'm starting my headache diary again today. I kept one for awhile until I got my migraines under control. Then I stopped. I figured it would be a good idea to track them again, learning as much as I can about my migraine brain.

What are you reading?


  1. Hia am visiting from the hop. I've struggled with migraines for about 10 years. The last few years they've been getting worse at least in terms of how often I've been getting them (they've always been at the point where they will basically knock me out). I'm on amitriptyline for them at the moment but I don't like the idea of taking it every day for the rest of my life. It's such a strong drug I didn't even want to take it at all at first but it had got to the point where I was having a migraine a week and I was desperate. They have really helped.

    I look forward to your review when you've finished The Migraine Brain.

  2. Thanks for bringing this book to my attention. I've had migraines for years. It's impossible to explain to someone who doesn't have them, just how much they can derail your life.

    One thing I've been trying to narrow down is my triggers. Scents (smoke, perfume, and aftershave) are the number one trigger for me and these are nearly impossible to avoid. (I wish no-scents-allowed would be the policy for the American work force, but unfortunately, many feel it's their right to make other people ill - Yeah, don't even get me started!)

    When you finish this book, please post your review. I'll check back. I'm also going to get this book from the library.

    Thanks and I hope your migraines go away.