Friday, June 10, 2011

Day 10: High Angle

Amber Fischer Photography Photo Challenge

Day 10: High Angle

Author Lewis Carroll wrote of some truly fantastic and strange events. In my two personal favorites of his books "Alice in Wonderland," and "Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There," Alice goes through all kinds of metamorphic changes throughout both stories. 

Growing larger or smaller after ingesting certain liquids and foods from labeled containers, or experiencing visual discrepancies like double vision Alice certainly goes through the ringer. The event that takes the (eat me) cake though:

Hallucinations of smiling cats!

Carroll certainly has an incredible imagination. Or did he?

It has been suggested many times by migraine researchers that Carroll was actually a Migraineur; a person who suffers seriously from migraines. It is commonly suggested that Alice's manifestations in these stories were representative of his Migraine auras. His experiences are now a recognized medical condition known as Alice in Wonderland Syndrome (AWS), appearing in various medical literatures.

I was diagnosed with migraines when I was a very young child. For the most part, I have learned to deal with them. But somedays, I feel like my world has been flipped upside down and turned around every which way. Today was one of those days. Pulling an all-nighter last night, I developed a migraine early on, affecting my sense of vision, sensation, touch and hearing (all symptoms of AWS and present in the stories).

I wasn't too thrilled by the quick picture I snapped today after realizing I forgot it and needed something quick. Then I realized it was perfect for today. Standing on top of my desk with my neck twisted strangely to get the angle I wanted of Cheshire there, I felt like I was growing 10 stories and about ready to fall down the rabbit hole. 

Bottom line: Migraines suck, but I think it is just so awesome that I share a common ailment with one of my heroes! :D