Daith Piercing: 30 Days (and beyond)

Let me let you in on a little secret. I was trying to keep a diary of my headaches/symptoms/no headaches, etc, but I totally forgot after a week. So, I’m doing a post without a daily breakdown like I had planned on doing. 

I’ve had my daith piercings for roughly 6 weeks now. They are not giving me any trouble. My left one appears as though it’s completely healed, and although the right one still get “crusty” and “gross”, I clean it a couple times a day with Bactine and it seems great too. 

And now, for what you really wanna hear.

Have I had any headaches? 

The short answer: No. 

The longer answer: In the six weeks since getting my daith piercings done, I’ve had one headache. One. No migraines. The one headache I’ve had lasted a couple hours and then went away. 

Okay, but how often did I used to have headaches and migraines? 

I used to have daily headaches, and migraines 3-4 times a week that consisted of:

  • Intense pain in my head and neck – it always felt tense and like I couldn’t turn my head one way or the other without pain. 
  • “lines” in front of my face. Some might call this an “aura”, but I seriously saw lines. 
  • Light sensitivity 

I was, six weeks ago and before that, taking Excedrin Migraine and Ibuprofen daily. Daily. Every single day. I haven’t used any over the counter meds since having the piercing done. 

Okay, but will it work for you? 

This is not a “cure-all” method. It worked for me. It’s continuing to be amazing. I’ve had 4 friends get in done since I’ve had mine done and while they’re not all symptom free like I am, they are having less headaches and migraines. One friend, like me, was having headaches daily and migraines 3-4 times a week and has had one bad headache since getting hers done 5 weeks ago. 

Is it just a placebo effect?

I’ve had a few people ask me this and I wanted to laugh in their face, let me be honest. YOU CANNOT – AND WILL NOT – PLACEBO EFFECT AWAY A MIGRAINE. If you have ever had a migraine, you know how ridiculous this statement is. The daith is simply a pressure point that is supposed to help with migraines/headaches. 

Should you get this done? And if so, where?

If you are a chronic headache or migraine sufferer, I would definitely say to try this. It’s  worth a shot – the worst that could happen is that it doesn’t work, and then you take the piercings out. 

Unfortunately, this is not a piercing you can get done in the mall or at a piercing pagoda. This needs to be done at a tattoo or piercing parlor. 

I’m so excited about the success of these piercings that I just want to shout it from the rooftops. I tell everyone about this – and I’ll continue to! 

So long, headaches. Don’t let the door hit ya on the way out. 

Daith Piercing

I’ve dealt with migraines pretty much since the time I was a mid-teenager, so probably roughly 8 years. These come on anywhere from 3-5 times a week, and the other days are filled with just regular old headaches. I can usually deal with the headaches but the migraines are bad enough they make me feel like I have to puke. 

The only effective way for me to get rid of a migraine is taking migraine medication and then lying down in a completely dark and quiet room for hours at a time. There has only been one instance where I’ve had to leave work early due to a headache, but there were many times when I thought I would have to but just forced myself to work through it. (Easier said than done.) 

Anyway, I read on a few different websites and blogs about the daith piercing and how it was helping people with their migraines. As someone that suffers from them, I would appreciate any sort-of relief that this might be able to offer. So I figured I’d eventually try it, but wasn’t in any rush. 

Yesterday, I saw a girl on Facebook posting about a special she was doing specifically for daith piercings and I decided that I would FINALLY have it done. (Normally I wouldn’t just go to someone that I didn’t know for a piercing but all her reviews on Facebook were 5-Stars so I figured it wouldn’t be bad!) 

First and foremost, let me tell you what my migraines consist of and what I deal with when I have them.

  • Intense pain in my head and neck – it always feels tense and like I can’t turn my head one way or the other without pain. 
  • “lines” in front of my face. Some might call this an “aura”, but I seriously sees lines. 
  • Light sensitivity 

How I usually “cure” it 

  • If I’m home, I take 2 Excedrin migraine and go lay down in my bedroom with my door closed, all lights off, and the window blinds down 
  • If I’m at work, I take 800 mg ibuprofen and drink as much coffee as I can get access to (caffeine is supposed to help!) and turn off the lights of my office.

The Piercing Itself

  • The left ear when she pierced it BARELY hurt. It was like the easiest piercing I ever had. Steph, who did my piercing, was AMAZING and talked me through the whole thing! The right ear was a lot more painful. I don’t know why but it was also the ear that bled (the other one looked healed the minute I got it pierced and never even bled!) 
  • She used a needle to pierce the ear, not a “gun” like they do at the Piercing Pagoda. I saw the needles before she pierced me and they were not all that large. (I had my nose pierced when I was eighteen and that needle was MASSIVE). 

I went to get my piercing done last night and didn’t have any headache/migraine symptoms after that. This morning, I didn’t wake up with even the slightest headache (which I almost always do). The only symptom I have today is a little bit of light sensitivity which might have to do with the fact that I sit in an office with fluorescent lighting. 

Keep checking back – I’ll be posting a 30 day update in September!

Self-Doubt

I think all girls struggle with this: the self doubting. It’s when we look in the mirror and see the girl we are on the outside rather than the girl we are on the inside. We see all the fat rolls or the pimples. Or we see that our clothes might not be the best. 

I’ve struggled with self-doubt since I was a young teenager. I was always bigger than my other friends who might have tipped the scales at just over 100 pounds. (I think I weighed 100 by the time I was 12!) Not only was I bigger than the other girls, but I was also “blessed” with a face full of acne. (My only saving grace was that I had straight teeth and didn’t have to deal with braces!) 

Looking back, I wasn't even that big!

Looking back, I wasn’t even that big!

I have a bunch of friends that are very into fitness and being healthy. And that’s great! I’m super proud of them for being in a place where they WANT to do that. I was in that place when I went from being a size 16 down to being a size 2 in less than a sixteen month period of time.

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In the picture above, I was at my smallest. I weighed about 111 pounds and was a size 2. My sister and I probably could have shared clothes. I felt like crap and was rarely ever in a good mood. I was more worried about what I was going to eat for my next meal (and whether or not it would fit into my calorie count), and when I was going to get my next workout in – to work off the food that I was going to eat at my next meal.

It was a VICIOUS cycle. Eat a little, exercise a lot. Eat a little, exercise a lot. Day in, day out. Every single day. I would get up early in the morning and run on the treadmill before work. Or I would do a 5-mile Leslie Sansone video while I was babysitting the kids I watched at the time. 

Breathe in and out, barely any time for anything but worrying about my weight, my size, whether or not I was going to gain all my weight back, etc, etc, etc. 

I was UNHAPPY.

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Here it is: 100% honesty time.

I’m a LOT happier at a size 22 than I ever was at a size 2! I wear cute clothes (thanks to LulaRoe and Honey & Lace), and I have found a place where I can look in the mirror and be happy with how I look. I no longer feel bad walking into a store and having to go to the “fat section”. I have embraced this about myself. 

It doesn’t matter, listen to me: IT DOESN’T matter what you look like on the outside. It doesn’t matter if you can shop in the junior’s section are Target or if you have to go to the Plus size section. It doesn’t matter if the pant size is two numbers. It doesn’t matter if you have to get an XL shirt or a 2X or a 3X. 

What matters IS: being a good person. Showing love to all those around you. Wearing your heart on your sleeve and showing compassion. Being NICE. 

I’m not saying don’t be healthy. I’m not saying not to workout. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t be into fitness. I’m saying: Be happy in your skin. No matter if that skin has stretch marks or if that skin is flat. It doesn’t MATTER. 

You matter. Your heart matters. Your mind matters.

And don’t forget to smile. 

You are worth more than gold. 

Welcome…{and a Camp NaNo Post}

I’m not dead, so that’s good. I’m just neglectful of this blog ever since Youer than You started back in early October. That has since become my blog-baby, and it’s where most of my posting has been done. I spend my time working on that blog because I feel like it’s what I’ve been dreaming of doing for years – ever since I was a teenager. 

But this blog…it’s still my home. It’s where I’ve been blogging for the past three or so years, and so I miss it when I don’t post here. This is MINE. I can post whatever I want here, without any sort-of stipulation, and I love that.

So that being said, I’m back – at least for the time being. I’m back to posting what I normally did – writing stuff, book reviews (or just general reviews), life updates. Whatever the case may be, I’ll hopefully be able to post more consistently. 

The next big “project” on my list coming up is….CAMP NANO. 

I haven’t been able to complete Camp NaNo, or just plain regular NaNoWriMo in years. I’ve started and failed, and every time that I do it, I feel like a failure because I hate starting something and not finishing it. What’s the point of starting something if you can’t finish? Yet, every time….I find myself writing really well for the first couple of days and then backing down.

This time, my plan is to start off with a simple goal of 20,000 words. If I get there, I’ll update the word count to 30, then 40, then 50. If I don’t, at least I’m not failing on the same grand scale that I have in the years past. (EMBARRASSING MUCH?) 

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This year’s story, I’m finally taking Mack and bringing her to life. If you’ve been reading my old posts at all, you’ve been introduced to Mack, and her plot is almost all figured out, I just have never taken the time to start the story.

If you’re doing Camp NaNo, leave a comment and we can become buddies on the site – I’m excited to see where this journey leads — I’m ready to start writing again.

Both my stories, and here on this blog. <3 

Since You’ve Been Gone Review

About the Book:

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One moment, Olivia Kavanaugh is preparing to walk down the aisle and embrace her own happily ever after. The next, she learns that her fiancé, Wyatt Hammond, has been in a fatal car accident. Then comes a startling discovery: Wyatt’s car wasn’t heading toward the church. He was fifty miles away…with a baby gift in the backseat.

Her faith shaken, Olivia pores over the clues left behind, desperate to know where Wyatt was going that day and why. As she begins uncovering secrets, she also navigates a tense relationship with her judgmental mother and tries to ignore the attentions of a former boyfriend who’s moved back home. But when she starts receiving letters written by Wyatt before his death, she must confront a disturbing question: Can we ever know anyone fully, even someone we love?

When an unexpected path forward—though nothing like the life she once envisioned—offers the promise of a new beginning, will she be strong enough to let go of the past and move toward it?

About the Author:

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A true Southern woman who knows any cook worth her gumbo always starts with a roux and who never wears white after Labor Day, Christa Allan writes women’s fiction, stories of hope and redemption. Her upcoming novel, A Test of Faith is scheduled to release in March of 2014. Threads of Hope, one of the books in Abingdon’s Quilt Series, released in March (2013). Walking on Broken Glass(2010) and The Edge of Grace (2011) were also published by Abingdon. Love Finds You in New Orleans(Summerside Press) released in 2012.

Christa is the mother of five, grandmother of three, and recently retired after teaching twenty-five years of high school English. She and her husband Ken live in New Orleans in a home older than their combined ages.

And since Christa feels as comfortable talking about herself in third person as she does watching Elaine (of Seinfeld) dance, her daughter has provided the following info about her:

My Thoughts:

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This book starts out with Livvy getting ready for her wedding. She finds out that her to-be husband has been in a car accident, and has passed away. Along with that devastating news, Livvy finds out there was a baby gift in the back seat of the car, and that her husband to be was driving in the opposite direction of the church. 

Not long after that day, Livvy finds out she’s pregnant – as if losing her fiance, and finding mysteries in the back seat weren’t enough. Her mom, what I would call a “super Christian” judges her very quickly, and says some things that I don’t think any mother should say to their child, no matter what the circumstance. Her mom rubbed me wrong throughout the whole book. 

For more than half the book, we’re focused on Livvy as she tries to navigate life after losing her fiance, and her figuring out how she’s going to raise a child as a single mother. Not a lot “happens” in the first half of the book. 

The book moved pretty fast, which is one of the reasons I kept reading. The other reason was: WHY IN THE WORLD WAS THEIR A BABY GIFT IN HER FIANCE’S BACK SEAT WHEN HE HAD NO IDEA SHE WAS PREGNANT? 

Livvy was easy to relate to, and I liked her as a person although sometimes she seemed to be a little immature. She was thirty and sometimes acted as though she were still a teenager.

All in all, this book is well-written, and is Christian-based without shoving Christianity down your throat. I’d give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars just for the fact that I had to finish it because of the mystery aspect to it, and the fact that I wanted to know about the baby! 

I’d recommend this book to someone who was looking for a quick, clean book to read. This one would be what I would consider a “beach read”.

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Finding Libbie Review

About the Book: 

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Poring over a dusty hatbox of photographs in her grandmother’s closet, Emily Prentice is shocked to discover her father was married to his high school sweetheart before meeting her mother.

In the summer of 1968, Jack and Libbie fall in love under the spell of their small town, untouched by the chaos of the late sixties. Though Libbie’s well-to-do parents disapprove of Jack’s humble family and his aspiration to become a mechanic, she marries Jack a year after they graduate high school. But soon their happiness crumbles as Libbie’s mental state unravels and she is drawn to alcohol and drugs. Despite his efforts to help her, Jack loses the woman he loves and is forced to move on with his life.

Now that Emily’s mother has passed away, Jack is alone again, and Emily grows obsessed with the beautiful woman who had given her father such joy. Determined to find Libbie, Emily pieces together the couple’s fragmented past. But is it too late for happy endings?

About the Author:

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Deanna Lynn Sletten grew up on the sunny coast of Southern California before moving to northern Minnesota as a teenager. Her interest in writing novels was sparked in a college English class, and she has been writing in some form or another ever since. In 2011, Deanna self-published her first novel and has since published several more, both on her own and with Lake Union Publishing.

Deanna enjoys writing heartwarming women’s fiction and romance novels with unforgettable characters. She has also written one middle-grade novel that takes readers on the adventure of a lifetime. She believes in fate, destiny, love at first sight, soul mates, second chances, magic, and happily ever after—all of which are reflected in her novels.

Deanna is married and has two grown children. When not writing, she enjoys walking the wooded trails around her home with her beautiful Australian shepherd or relaxing on her boat in the summer.

My Thoughts:

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After reading the description for this book, I knew I had to read it. I love books with a good love story, and I’m especially a sucker for a second chance love story. So of course, I had to read Finding Libbie. To start, we meet Emily Prentice, daughter to Jack Prentice – a hard-working man whose wife (Emily’s mom) just passed away two years ago. Emily has been given the job (or rather, she volunteered) to help her Grandma Bev – the sweetest woman ever! – to clean out her house before she sells it.

While she’s doing that, Emily comes across pictures from her father’s former life – his life with his first love, and first wife, Libbie. We are then taken back in time to 1968 to learn about Jack and Libbie’s love story. Another thing I love in books is when there’s depth. This book definitely had it. A good majority of the book is set in the late 60s to early 70s. The facts seem pretty accurate (Libbie gets a job that pays $1.45 an hour), and everything seems all hunky dory for the two of them.

Until…things weren’t perfect anymore. I loved how well Deanna Lynn Sletten portrayed marriage. At first, Jack and Libbie’s marriage seemed perfect. And then…things changed. They got out of their honeymoon faze and everything seemed…different. It was real.

Jack and Libbie felt like real people. (I actually pictured them like my grandparents who were dating, married, and having children in the late sixties and early seventies). I truly appreciated how well Ms. Sletten wrote her characters. There were times I really hated Libbie; times I really adored Jack. That’s the sign of good characters – you don’t always like them but you have to know what happens next.

The good majority of the book was set in the 60-70s, which, from the description, i was surprised by this. I thought itd jump back and forth between past and present, but there was a chapter in the present and then more than 3/4 of the book was back in time.  The middle of the book.got kind of monotonous. I felt like the same things were happening over and over throughout the years we spent during jack and Libbie’s marriage.

Once we moved back to the present, everything evened back out and things got more interesting. It was all about finding Libbie, and Emily did everything in her power to do so.

This book was so well written and well-done that I’d probably recommend this one to anyone. It’s pretty clean – with about 2 swear words throughout, and the occasional mention of two characters “making love”. No explicit language or content, I’d probably say anyone over 15 would be fine to read it.

You can find the book here

 

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A Novel Idea: 10/18/2016

As a writer, keeping inspiration going from week to week can be tough. We want to change that. The point of A Novel Idea is to get your writing juices flowing even when you don’t feel like writing. We also want it to help you dig deeper into what writing looks like for you and let you share it with the world. We’ll be posting installments weekly, all focused on four things: characters, your novel, you writing process, and writing prompts. Follow the weekly guidelines and post it on your blog, then link up with us! We’d love to hear from you each week.

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This week, create a cover for your NaNo novel. If you don’t have a title/don’t want to make a cover, just find a picture that could be the cover image. Have fun with this!

A Novel Idea: 10/11/2016

As a writer, keeping inspiration going from week to week can be tough. We want to change that. The point of A Novel Idea is to get your writing juices flowing even when you don’t feel like writing. We also want it to help you dig deeper into what writing looks like for you and let you share it with the world. We’ll be posting installments weekly, all focused on four things: characters, your novel, you writing process, and writing prompts. Follow the weekly guidelines and post it on your blog, then link up with us! We’d love to hear from you each week.

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This week, in order to get ready for NaNoWriMo in less than a month, answer the following questions about as many of your characters as you’d like.

  1. Full name

  2. Birthday

  3. Hair Color

  4. Eye Color

  5. General appearance

  6. Personality-type (this can either be Meyer-Briggs or you can write out their personality)

A Novel Idea: 10/04/2016

As a writer, keeping inspiration going from week to week can be tough. We want to change that. The point of A Novel Idea is to get your writing juices flowing even when you don’t feel like writing. We also want it to help you dig deeper into what writing looks like for you and let you share it with the world. We’ll be posting installments weekly, all focused on four things: characters, your novel, you writing process, and writing prompts. Follow the weekly guidelines and post it on your blog, then link up with us! We’d love to hear from you each week.

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What is your best piece of advice for NaNoWriMo and/or writing in general?

A Novel Idea: 9/27/2016

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As a writer, keeping inspiration going from week to week can be tough. We want to change that. The point of A Novel Idea is to get your writing juices flowing even when you don’t feel like writing. We also want it to help you dig deeper into what writing looks like for you and let you share it with the world. We’ll be posting installments weekly, all focused on four things: characters, your novel, you writing process, and writing prompts. Follow the weekly guidelines and post it on your blog, then link up with us! We’d love to hear from you each week.

This week, follow this writing prompt as a starting point and see what happens. Have fun with it!

i like you.  don't be dumb.

i like you.
don’t be dumb.

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