Diary of a Migraine
I've also come to the conclusion - which I think most people who have dealt with migraines for as long as I have come to eventually - you just have to ride them out. Its horrible and generally means losing up to a week of your life, but I've got my Migraine Routine down pat.
1/ Go home immediately. Don't dilly dally, don't be a hero. Just go home.
2/ Buy yourself something nice on the way home. You deserve it. This time I bought myself some peonies. Last time, I bought myself a copy of the Radio Times with Professor Brian Cox on the cover. It doesn't take much, but you will gaze upon it for a few days and it will make you smile while you drool out of one side of your face and mumble incoherently.
3/ Give in to the Migraines Cravings. I think of my Migraine as a tiny gnome who lives in my brain [not weird: I know several others who think the same] who gets angry every now and then. He wants steak slices. He wants cakes. He wants massive bottles of chocolate milk at 4am when you wake up because you have been asleep all day and you feel norm... oh wait no there he is. Give him these things. Appease the gnome.
4/ Don't waste your time with medication: Different for everyone, I know. I don't get the pain kind, I get the 'oh hey, I can't put a sentence together and the right hand side of my face has gone numb' kind. A few effervescent Cocodamols in your apple juice take the edge off. I had a GP prescribe me something that had a list of side effects which sounded worse than migraines themselves once. At this point I gave up on GP help and medication. Until I find out if I'm allowed botox, that is. Is that happening yet?
6/ Don't go back to work if you are still feeling woozy the next day. Just don't do it, you won't be any help to anyone and you'll spend more time later in the week fixing the mistakes you made when you were trying not to be sick on your keyboard. You'll also only have to apologise to your boss when you burst into tears for no reason at all in the middle of the day. Just.. just stay at home. No one will see you cry if you stay at home.
7/ Avoid daylight. But you know this one already. Close the curtains. Get under the covers. Don't look out the window, don't think 'ah what a lovely day!' You are a vampire during the Migraine Times. See also: Smells, loud noises, etc.
8/ Buffy the Vampire Slayer is your friend. Ironic, given that you have taken on the role of Vamp. Have her on but with the volume down low, and just far enough away that you don't focus too much on it. She is just there for moral support. And occasional Giles action while you drift in and out of awakedness.
9/ Drink lots of water. This will a/ do the whole water thing and b/ make you need to pee a bunch so you will get out of bed occasionally, thus preventing total limb atrophy.
Anyone else got any tips to add? How to you deal with Migraines?