Zebrallusions

by Connie VanPatten
(Albany, NY)

the movement of my visual migraines

the movement of my visual migraines

My migraines are either intense headaches or visual disturbances, which never occur together. During the visual migraines, I typically think I am having a stroke, then I calm down using self talk "it's only a migraine" and begin to enjoy the ride of kaleidescope images. It is annoying however,when they occur at work while I am conducting a therapy session and I look at the patient through my distorted vision. I want to apologize and shout "I am not really with you on this, I am in my own little world for the next 20 minutes or so...or while I am driving and I must pull over to the side of the road, otherwise, I have learned to accept them.
I drew Zebrallusions with colored pencils, which began as a solitary zebra. Obviously I have added some bizarre computer graphics to duplicate the image in order to illustrate my migraines.While the visuals I experience never actually form a distinct image, the effects Zebrallusions present come pretty close to illustrating the movement of the visuals in my migraines.

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Jan 14, 2008
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AMAZING
by: Anonymous

I love it! Very intrigueing and captivating. Beautiful use of colors to represent a migraine. Stunning!

Jan 14, 2008
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A Wonder
by: Pam

What a positive way to deal with something which would, if not completely render one usless, at least slow down the average person. Way to go, Connie.

Jan 14, 2008
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This is great mom!
by: Gene

I like this alot mom! How long ago did you draw this?

Jan 12, 2008
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Outstanding Design
by: Anonymous

Looks like a migraine to me! Holy smokes, look out!

Jan 12, 2008
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Outstanding Design
by: Anonymous

Looks like a migraine to me! Holy smokes, look out!

Jan 10, 2008
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Amazing
by: Anonymous

Hi Connie, I'm a specialist that deals with migraines.

I'm willing to bet you are a heavy coffee drinker and or smoker.

Those intense migraines will go away when you cut back to 1 or 2 cups of coffee a day.

Although caffeine helps with migraines, people don't understand it's a major cause for the symptoms you've described.

I've worked with patience who've claimed to have such intense migraines, that they've hallucinated, similar to the experience you've described.

100% of my patience who've done what I've said, have made their migraines disappear for good.

Cut back on your caffeine intake Connie and you won't be drawing or seeing these images. (Although this is very well done!)

Good Luck!
Nate

Jan 10, 2008
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luv it.......
by: jeannie

connie as usual you've outdone yourself ...love the design........jeannie

Jan 09, 2008
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Zebra Ilusion
by: Robert Engel

This is awesome , I love it. you can totally get lost in it. I think its my favorite!

Jan 09, 2008
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Another world
by: James

Great illustration - not just through the picture, but through your description - of this "other world" of migraine aura. Well done!

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