October 24th, 2013


My tweets


"Migraine as an Early Symptom in MS"

Brass and Ivory: Life with MS & RA: Migraine as an Early Symptom in MS

I got my first migraines at about the age of nine and they got so bad at 6th form (age 17-18) that I had to start wearing glasses to read.Then, I forget what specialism he was but a specialist I was referred to by my MS Neurologist at the time said that much of my vertigo was vestibular migraines and started me taking propranolol to counteract that.

I did not have a migraine at all for a few years but have been getting visual migraines steadily more frequently recently (see natdaylog for the evidence - I have just woken up from sleeping up yet another one).

I think I need to see a GP and get re-referred to a neuro and/or whatever that that specialist was.

Sadly my MS Neurologist and many other medical records are at Chichester hospital, my neuro is no longer involved in an MS clinic there (they have stopped holding one there at all from what she said) and Chichester is not as convenient for us since we moved to Horsham in 2008.

Complications, phone calls and stress ensue!


I just woke up with no pain and no sign of any visual disturbance / migraine - and now it is back again. I am SO pissed off. Thank goodness I have developed techniques over the years for looking at things out of the corner of my eyes so that a hole front and centre in my vision (a scintillating patch where I cannot see what I am looking at) does not stop me from living/coping. Sadly, though, much of what I want to do is vision related or needs me to see what I am doing. Back to bed again with co-codamol, methinks.

[Ravelry FO] Innocent Hats 2013

Number of hats knit = 72.

I am knitting these in the round rather than flat with seaming. 3 so far since last night. Ends not woven in yet. This is my basic pattern/recipe/method which I sometimes change up by adding stripes or a stitch pattern:

Innocent Smoothie Hats knit in-the-round for the Age UK Big Knit 2013

3.5 mm circ. and heavy DK yarn or a 4 mm circ. and light DK (sport-weight) yarn.

Cast on 28 sts (I use the long-tail cast-on) and join in the round.

Knit the hat (I use the magic-loop of knitting in the round and these instructions are written with thattechnique in mind but you could use two circular needles or double pointed needles (DPNs)):

1: P28.
2: K28.
3: P28.

12 plain stocking stitch rows:
4 – 15: K28.

16: K2tog x 14.
17: K2tog x 7.
18: K1, k2tog x 3.

12 rows of i-cord or 4 sts magic loop (I prefer the latter):
19 – 30: K4.

Cut yarn and draw through the 4 remaining stitches.

Weave/sew in ends and then tie a knot in the i-cord.

The flickr set of pictures of my Age UK and Innocent Smoothies Big Knit 2013 hats.

Originally published at Natalie Ford Knits. You can comment here or there.