Migraine Is As Migraine Does


Migraine Is As Migraine Does by Melodie Yvonne Ramey

I suffer… I mean everybody does, but migraines are just another level. It’s a burden I wouldn’t wish on my greatest enemy. It’s a crippling pain that erases the fear of death to the point that I just want to cut off the part of me that hurts. I feel as though if I could just saw down the middle of my head, down to below my upper teeth, and make a swift cut to the right that I could stop it before it reaches the rest of my body. Alas, it is already in the rest of my body. My stomach sours every morsel that slides down my throat. Every single smell, whether friend or foe, assaults my senses to the point of fatalistic nauseation, and I can think of nothing else besides the end. The pharmacist’s solution is slow, and a three-hour wait feels like an eternity. This is what my hell will be like… except I imagine it to be an icy cold abyss for me, and not the warmth of a welcoming fire that I long for. There’s nothing to do besides wait, and try to not let my thoughts sour as much as my belly. I can’t allow this evil thing to ruin this day in this most ineffective way. Through these eyes this world is the cruel thing that my past mentors have taught me. In the real world nobody cares about your personal shit. You chop off that fucking head, you get back out there, and run around like the rest of them. I don’t know if I can be like the rest of the chickens.

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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne Ramey, owner, editor, & contributor at Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the young age of 5, and was immediately hooked. Every trip, even just to the local park, was turned into a fantasy scene of her own imagination that would later be turned into epic tales in word and photos.

Melodie spent her teen years learning from and mentoring under professionals such as Richard Young, John Sheckler, and The Grand Conundrum. She received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors such as Hoosier photographer Darryl Jones, Jonathan Wilson, and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up with photography and listening to amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when they hear the music. She wanted to help people SEE the music by capturing every magical moment of concerts that she could only dream about as she gazed into music magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to even being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography, as well as one of a kind photographic creations. Melodie published her first print book Photographic Memories: In the Beginning, a collection of poetry, in 2011, and has since published 2 more print works, Photographic Memories: Meet me in the Middle and Hoosier Heavens, her first photo book. Melodie currently acts as publisher, editor & lead contributor at Photographic Melodie and does freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and artists.

Melodie says, “I started out with a Tweety bird camera and a dream and I never let go. I will always love photography and the vessel it has given me to share the images of my heart and mind with the world. I have found that every single person on this earth visualizes the world in very different ways. Some people are optimists, some are pessimists. Some people are daydreamers, and others keep their feet firmly planted on the ground. Photography allows me to show some of these different visualizations. It allows the rationalist to see that it’s okay to dream, it can show the monsters hidden in the dark, and it can show even the saddest of people that there is still joy in the world.”

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