Tag Archives: migraine

About Listening To A Noisy Body

20 Jul

I know pain is a signal, and we´re supposed to listen to it and act on it to stay healthy. But it´s not always that simple.

Imagine a classroom where everybody´s talking and shouting, and you can´t make out a single word of what is being said. I think it´s the same thing with your body: you can´t listen to the signals if there are too many signals. (When that happens, maybe you need a severe teacher who screams “SILENCE”. and then throws in a punishment. I guess that´s what migraine does.)

But even when most of the children in that class are quiet, there are some kids who are always talking. And you´re so used to it that you don´t even realise anymore. Until you walk past someone else´s classroom and notice the perfect silence. That´s what happened to me when I read the sentence “You´re back is not supposed to hurt”. I asked my husband: does you back hurt? He said: no. And I said: you mean, like, never? You don´t feel your back when you get up in the morning or swing your upper body? And he said: no, of course not.

Aha.

Time to start taking the noisy kids seriously.

 

 

Trying to Understand Migraines.

6 May

Trying to understand your migraines is like making a 1000 piece puzzle.

In the dark.

 

 

Migraine and Yet a Beautiful Day

27 Aug

 

7.30h and I wake up with a migraine. Immediately I send a whatsapp to the group of friends/co-parents:

Migraine! Can anyone take care of Elena today, please?

and I put my daughter in front of the tv to watch The Last Unicorn.

By the end of the film, Irene has told me she´ll be taking Elena out for lunch to eat pizza with her son. And Olga says she´ll take care of her for the rest of the day and that she can even stay the night.

Fernando and Teresa say they can take her out on an excursion with their sons, but I tell them : thank you so much, but I´ve already got it covered.

So at 12:00h Irene comes to pick up my daughter, and at 16:30h she passes my house again to pick up a mermaid doll and drop off a pizza for me (which I didn´t even ask for). Then she takes Elena to Olga.

At 18:30h Isabel comes over for a short chat and brightens up my mood with her warm and energising stories. She leaves at 19:30h.

Half an hour later Olga passes by my house with Elena, her daughter Anastasia, and a dog she´s taking care of. She´s come to pick up my dog to take him for a walk, and she won´t take no for an answer. I walk with them until the orangetree fields, and there she sends me back home. Forty minutes later she brings back the dog, and takes my daughter to her house where she will stay the night.

Okay, I have migraines.

But I have the best friends in the world.