Migraine Madness – Lessons from a Powerful Sea
“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.”
– John F. Kennedy
After spending a week on the Oregon Coast, I have an even greater respect for the immense power of the ocean. The sheer energy of the pounding surf is mind-boggling.
Although I spent much of the week curled up in bed, weathering the pain of cluster migraines – that were likely intensified because of said powerful ocean – I still found the experience to be of tremendous value.
Besides an increased appreciation for the stunningly rugged beauty of the Oregon coastline, my time spent in Newport was also a good reminder that a health issue can bring us to our knees in a heartbeat. We often take good health for granted and don’t truly appreciate what a gift it is, until it is compromised…temporarily or otherwise.
When my cluster migraines arrive – like an unwanted house guest that won’t leave until he or she is damn good and ready – I have no choice but to hunker down and weather the storm.
For just as the pounding surf doesn’t particularly care about the impact of it’s strength on whatever it comes in contact with, nor does a migraine headache seem concerned about the pain it is causing in one’s melon 🙁
Thankfully, however, I am fortunate enough to be able to hunker down somewhere quiet and put the rest of my life on hold until the storm of cluster migraines passes. Most people don’t have that luxury. I honestly can’t imagine how a person suffering from a migraine – cluster or otherwise – can still function with their everyday tasks. But many do because they have no choice.
“A headache is just a thought running through your brain wearing stilettos.”
This cute photo of Sadie sums up how I felt most of the week:
And I love this photo of Sadie and I…we are both VERY happy to be heading home:
And check out this spectacular sunset:
Do you suffer from migraine headaches? If so, I would be interested to hear about your experience. Do you take medication? Does it work? Can you still function while having a migraine? Do you find that a change in geographical location or change in the weather or barometric pressure can trigger a migraine?
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Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is the CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and the Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her weekly blog, please sign up here.