"Bouncing Leg New Energy Source?"

Updated: Apr 6, 2019

Power of the Future?

Exposition: I am a stage manager at my college where I am studying Theatre Tech and Design. I get migraines on occasion and usually nothing helps them but going to bed for the night, which is really hard if I get one anytime before the evening.

The Story: I picked up a couple different headache/migraine pills when I was at Walmart one time. A few nights later a few hours before I had a rehearsal I started to get a migraine. I pulled out my two new migraine medicines and decided to try the Excedrin Migraine. I took one pill (even though it said you could take two I didn't want to push it), and then I laid down to take a nap. The nap wasn't long enough apparently because I woke up and still had a migraine. I had to leave for rehearsal in about 15 minutes, but I knew there was no way I would be able to stage manage with a migraine like this. I was supposed leave in a couple minutes when the pills really started to hit me. I no longer had a migraine, but all of a sudden I started to feel really woozy and...weird. I felt a little outside of my own head, a little dizzy and disoriented. I started to worry that I wouldn't be safe to drive myself to rehearsal. I texted my ASM (Assistant Stage Manager) to let her know what was up, and then decided I wasn't safe to drive and asked my Dad to drive me to school. I made it to rehearsal on time, but still felt really off. I just felt so weird. I wondered if maybe what I was feeling was what it was like to be high? I don't know, dude. A little ways into rehearsal my head finally started to clear up...and then my leg started bouncing. Now I've had jittery legs before, I have had a bouncing leg a lot for various reasons over the years, but I don't think I had ever had it bounce like this before. For the next almost 3 hours of rehearsal I shook the whole front row of theatre seats with my bouncing leg. I couldn't stop it. When we had a break I pulled out the Excedrin bottle and looked at the ingredients. Caffeine was a main ingredient. I grew up drinking only water, and to this day caffeine only passes my lips maybe a couple times a year since I don't drink coffee and soda is a rare treat to me. On the extremely rare occasion that I do drink a coffee drink, (usually because I'm falling asleep in an 8am class), it only takes a little bit before my hands start to shake and get jittery. Apparently the caffeine in the pills really gave my body a big ol' kick in the butt!

Final Review: 4 out of 5 stars. I didn't have a migraine, but my leg probably could've powered a small village that night!

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