All of that caffeine yesterday turned out to be a pretty big mistake.
The headache started on Sunday. Then it got bigger on Monday. By the time I woke up on Tuesday it was a monster. The kind that pounds pretty steadily right up until you make a sudden movement and feel as if you've just found your forehead in the path of a baseball bat being swung for the fences. (That's the expression, right? "Swing for the fences?" I don't really have personal experience with this. My approach when I was forced to play baseball in gym class was to hope to God to just make contact with the ball, or at the very least, not to get hit in the face.)
I try to take Advil for the headaches. Which is what I did on Sunday and Monday. By yesterday morning, I was out of patience with this headache. So I went with the nuclear option: three Excedrin and coffee. Plus a peanut butter sandwich because you want some substantial food in you in this situation or your internal organs will begin to shake. Which is not as bad as the headache, but disconcerting nonetheless.
There are some downsides to treating your migraine with caffeine (in addition to the organ shivers). The thing is, it's highly effective for a few hours. Then the headache comes back and you have to start over. And maybe you will have two more Excedrin and a Diet Dr Pepper. And if your body is only accustomed to getting the caffeine content in one Diet Dr Pepper per day and has instead gotten the caffeine content in five Excedrin, a big coffee, and a Diet Dr Pepper, well then you just might find yourself up reading until three a.m. despite the fact that you need to be somewhere before ten the next morning. You know that you need to be sleeping, and you are powerless to make that happen. You made your choice hours ago. Deal with it.
So, I'm back to Advil today and also possibly a nap.
(I really wish I had anything more interesting to tell you about today than my headache, but I don't, so it was this or nothing. I'm not entirely convinced that nothing wouldn't have been the better option, but it's too late now. To hell with quality control. Quantity has officially won the battle.)