Deb Brandon: Living in Radiant Color

10 Things I Don’t Like (in no particular order)

I’ve never really like crowds. But now, unlike in my pre-bloody brain life, I can’t tolerate them. I can’t process high volumes of information in a timely fashion. All data comes in with equal value, whether it is a loud shriek or a soft murmur. All colors seem garish, blinding, and all tactile input is harsh to the touch. Everything is a blur, without shape, chaotic. I can’t make order out of the chaos. I have nothing to anchor me and my incoherent thoughts. My brain lacks the ability to file information away under recognizable labels.


I woke up in the middle of the night with a horrific headache. Every motion, however slight, set off a new explosion of pain, taking the headache to another level. Though I knew that chances were that nothing would help, I downed ginger and turmeric caplets. Perhaps it would at least take the edge off. … Read more