I think that today I’ve decided on a Resolution. This one will not be for 2009, but for life. Here it is:
I will not drink alcohol on an empty stomach, nor will I drink alcohol without also eating food at the same time, ever, never, again. It doesn’t matter if it’s only 1 beer. Or even one glass of wine. This is the new rule for my life.
Noooo, I didn’t go out last night on a binge and regret it today. Nothing like that. I have been keeping track of my eating and drinking and sleeping and working habits for the past couple of months in an attempt to figure out what triggers migraines. Based on how I feel today, I’ve got at least one thing figured out for sure – alcohol, as imbibed as described above, will give me a migraine more often than not.
Yesterday at work we had an all department meeting, starting at 1pm and lasting until 6pm. It was a very good afternoon with lots of good input and discussion about how we can not only survive 2009 with budget cuts and head count cuts, but how we can be better and happier as a department. The proof is in the pudding, as the English say, so we’ll see if change really does come of this exercise, but I’m hopeful at least.
At 6pm we ended the work portion of the day and headed over to a local pub for a beer or two. By then I was kind of hungry but what harm can 1 beer do, right? After the 1 beer I had 1/2 of another beer (shared with a colleague) and then I headed home. I felt great. At home I ate dinner and chilled on the couch and went to bed around 10:30, still feeling fine – not even tipsy. I woke up this morning with a headache, which morphed into a migraine by midday. It’s 2:45pm now and I’m into the migraine meds. This morning, early, I had to take my car to the garage in Amsterdam and I still have to go back there this afternoon and pick it up – UGH! Today is my day off, luckily, so at least I can veg at home for most of the day.
So, how do I know it was the beer and not something else? This is exactly what happened 3 weeks ago and also a time before that. It’s a pattern that can’t be ignored.
I’m fine with this new resolution for life. I don’t drink a lot anyway and now I just have to do it more carefully. No big deal. *Sigh*