Knowing I won’t be able to do the dog walk tomorrow, I text my friend: “Massive mirage will gave to like tomorrow.” Something feels off about that but I’m too far gone to make out the letters on my phone. The lights flicker to the right side of my vision and within seconds, I’ve lost the ability to speak and the pain is tearing through my skull. The migraine takes over.
Two and a half days later, the migraine has faded and once again I’m wondering why I haven’t figured out a way to cope better. By now, I know I get migraines. Getting organized will help them wreak less havoc.
Three tips for dealing with migraines
1. Make a migraine box
Find a shoe box – or anything prettier – and put the medicine you’ll need in there. I need Tylenol and some of the specific migraine medication I keep hoping will work. Pedialyte for when I’m done puking up everything I’ve eaten in the 12 hours before the migraine hits. A bottle of water. Some crackers. What do you know you’ll need? Set it up now because once you’re sick, it’s too late.
2. Make some migraine meals
As I drifted in and out of sleep, I dreamt of red lentil soup. But what I ate was random crap. What food does your body need when you get sick? Make some of it now and freeze it in small portions. You won’t have the brain power to deal with a block of frozen soup when the time comes.
3. Make sure you have clean pj’s
Falling into bed without loose fitting pj’s makes everything worse. Keep a specific pair clean and ready for use.
Face your reality
Not making a migraine box or some migraine meals or stashing a set of clean pj’s somewhere doesn’t make the migraines or chronic fatigue or MS or rheumatoid arthritis or lupus or fibromyalgia or whatever it is you’re dealing with stay away.
Organize so when the next round hits, it doesn’t take you by surprise for the 79th time. And if you’re reading this and rolling your eyes – a migraine, how bad could it really be? – I’m happy you have no idea and I hope you never find out.
Apply this to the rest of your life
What happens regularly that you don’t like acknowledging? Do a little organizing ahead of time and it won’t be quite as miserable. I can help.
by Lucy Kelly