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Occipital Headache

Occipital Headache

I’ve been having Occipital Headaches the last few days and this morning I was able to pinpoint the cause:  Bad dreams.

That’s right, bad dreams.  Every night that I’ve had one it came on in the middle of the night and when I woke I woke out of a bad dream and with an excruciating headache.  I didn’t make the connection until last night’s bad dream followed by a headache event.

To the young man who years ago told a deacon’s quorum we were teaching that stress cannot cause physical pain, I wish I could grab you by both ears, turn your face towards mine and say, “You’re wrong.”  I am learning first hand what PTSD is all about.  It is emotionally, physically and mentally challenging and painful.

I told the doctor there isn’t enough said about non-veteran PTSD sufferers.  His comment was chilling.  He said that over 80% of the patients he sees suffer from PTSD brought on by rape, physical abuse, accidents and other forms of trauma besides those who suffer battlefield trauma.

About the only time we hear about it in the media is when someone commits suicide.  This sends the impression that PTSD sufferers are suicidal.  This is not the case and suicide is quite rare (less than 1%).

The good news is there is Cognitive Therapy treatment for PTSD.  PTSD is one of those things that doesn’t respond well to drug therapy (like anti-depressants), and so cognitive training helps us learn to re-train our thoughts which in the long run helps us respond differently when we have the problem-causing thoughts.  It’s not a quick fix, but I’m keeping a positive attitude that it will be a way to work through this.

In the mean time, I deal with painful (literally) symptoms like these headaches.    I’m hoping now that I know the headaches seem to follow a bad dream that somehow this cognitive therapy will help the bad dreams eventually go away.  Staring at the undercarriage of a car and thinking, “I’m going to die”, is what started it.  Now I just need to convince those subconscious that all is okay; it was a one-time event and all is going to be okay.  (Easier said than done, but I’ve got to think positive.)


Tonight at Stake Conference I joked with President Clark that I was prepared to perform the entire Beatles White Album for prelude tomorrow.  He laughed and said, “If anyone can pull it off, you can.”

I love my stake president.  He’s a good leader, example and friend.  The fact that we can openly joke about stuff like that says he’s got a great sense of humor too.

I told him I was having difficulty trying to figure out how to play Revolution on the organ.  He smiled and asked about Helter Skelter.  We both laughed and I added that Little Piggies wasn’t going to be a problem, albeit a little sacrilegious.

Yes, we have fun joking around, but when it comes down to it, I take my calling as organist seriously.  My prelude and postlude music is from the hymnal and I play each him with feeling.

Pre-Pageant Sunday

Hill Cumorah Pageant starts this week.  This is the last Sunday before it starts.  We had overflow crowds at church, and probably will until the end of summer.  Next week will be very crowded.

The choir practiced after church.  We will be singing next Sunday and the Sunday after.  We still have sacrament meeting and the rest of our meetings.  We just have lots of visitors.

After church and choir practice, I took a walk down to the village park.  They had a local group doing Beatles covers as well as other hits from the 60s.

Inside Out – Palmyra 7/8/2012

Inside Out performed songs like Love Me Do and I Saw Her Standing There.  In addition to some Beatles, they performed songs like She’s Not There (the Zombies) and other songs from that era.

There was a small dance area set up, but most people were staying in the shade.  It was a bit warm.

Listeners Enjoying the Shade

The American Legion also was there selling hots and burgers.  These two stopped and posed for the camera.

Cheese Burger

I love our Village’s little events like this.  This small town is friendly and it shows.  It’s too bad many of our tourists spend so little time here.  Stop.  Spend time.  Catch the flavor of our little village.  Even our mayor was there grabbing photos with her smart phone.

Mayor Vicky Daly Takes Photos at the Concert

I noticed one man came to this concert prepared…

A Beatles Fan

To experience Palmyra, you need to spend some time here.  This is a great place with lots to see and do.  Who knows.  You might even catch a concert in the park.