How we doctor my dog and she doctors me

This is going to be a short and sweet post. I’ve been sick since Christmas and my brain is feeling less than creative. In fact it’s down right stuffy, pained, exhausted, a bit sad, stressed and frustrated.

So I thought I’d share a fur baby and girl baby story that I think many of you will appreciate….

As I sat with a sinus infection, while experiencing side effects from new meds and my son being sick with constant meltdowns I watched my daughter “doctor up” my dog yesterday.

All she wanted from Santa was a pet vet clinic, she loves animals! I watched my dog wait in the waiting room (yes, that’s my SensaCalm weighted blanket on the couch that I have been hibernating under while I’m sick! Affiliate link)

Then she was seen by the doctor

That evening I missed a big traditional family dinner. As I sat in my dark room, my dog held my hand and kept me company for hours.

The head pain of Migraine is really extreme! All of the other things really suck! And there are a lot of other things (body aches, nausea, cold hands/feet/nose, etc)! One of the hardest things is being alone and missing out though! It’s really hard!

My dog is more than a dog, especially during these times. She is my sanity and a soul that is literally by my side during dark times. Anyone who has cried holding their pet can understand the depths of this bond.

I’m so proud that my daughter is such an avid animal lover. She gives and receives love in the biggest way and has the biggest heart. Seeing her show the love and compassion that my dog shows is something really special! ❤️❤️

Anyone else spending extra time with their fur baby being sick this Winter break?

Am I the only one fighting being sick while having sick children?

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Enjoying unscented bath products to fit my sensitive smell needs with Aromafloria

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*This post contains affiliate links. My opinions are my own and I will receive compensation for my referral. I was given the unscented line for review. See disclaimer

I am highly sensitive to scent! Because of this, I am particular about bath products I use.  Fake over scented products make me sick!  I previously reviewed Aromafloria’s Muscle Soak. I love their products!  The bath products were subtle and soothed my muscles.

I keep the inhalation beads in my purse and recommend them for times when the environment is filled with trigger smells.  The inhalation beads are a quick smell for relief.

Recently I have become more interested in essential oils and mixing my own products.  Some days I enjoy a scent, other days I benefit from another oil and some days I want NO SMELL.  When I received unscented products from their mixology line I used them in a variety of ways. Simply,

  1. “Select your preferred base product.
  2. Add your preferred essential-oil blend.
  3. Mix, smell and enjoy.”

The unscented line provides so many options for so many needs.  I keep the bath & shower oil in my shower. It deeply penetrates and hydrates before I step out of the shower.   I love the salt scrub with oils to provide a spa like feeling.  The massage oil works great for my aching muscles and is perfect mixed with relaxing and healing oils.  The body butter is luscious and smooth.  I use it completely unscented and love the hydration it provides without smelly trigger perfumes.

The ability to alter these products with oils and to use scentless is such a luxury! If you or a loved one is sensitive to smell, I highly recommend these products!

Here’s the exciting news…..

Aromafloria is giving away an amazing prize pack just for My Migraine Life followers!

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Migraine glasses and coupon code for light sensitivity help

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For those of you looking for glasses to help with photophobia, light sensitivity and migraine triggers, I highly recommend Axon Optics!  I have been wearing Axon Optics for several years now.  With all the reviews I have done, Axon Optics are one of my favorites.  They are my favorite because I need and wear them often.

Because of my love for them, there are *affiliate links in this post. I will be rewarded with a small commission and you, hopefully, will be rewarded with eye strain and migraine relief. I really benefit from their glasses and recommend them without being influenced. I am not a doctor so please refer to your doctor or optometrist for concerns. See *disclaimer for more details.

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I wear both indoor and outdoor glasses.  They are beneficial in their own ways. Axon Optics uses FL-41 tint that has been proven to help with conditions associated with light sensitivity. “It successfully blocks the distressing portion of the light spectrum, which bothers light sensitive people and causes cumulative eye damage over a lifetime.”

Where I wear them:

  • Outside
    • sunny days, cloudy days, rainy days, bright snowy days (all weather!)
  • nside
    • shopping, at home, at work, at sporting events (any where with fluorescent lights)

Basically, I wear them everywhere.  I keep my indoor pair in my purse for all events and keep my outdoor ones in my car.

Additionally, Axon Optics has amazing customer service.  They can and will answer your questions immediately. They want you to get exactly what you need for your specific needs!  They are a company that wants to help and they do!

They are so generous that they are offering MyMigraineLife readers a coupon code to use for yourself or a gift for a loved one.  Order them today, I think you’ll love them!

Use coupon code at checkout: MIGRAINELIFE for 10% off now until Dec. 16

Using a Weighted Blanket for My Migraine Needs with SensaCalm

 

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This product was given to me as a product review and contains affiliate links. My opinions are my own and I only recommend products I use and love. See disclaimer

A few years ago I taught children with many special needs.  During this time, I saw how incredibly powerful specialists are.  Physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, adaptive physical education and music.  The list goes on with how many ways there are to treat various needs.

I saw first hand how a weighted vest calmed a child.  For some reason I never considered sensory integration therapy for my migraines until recently.  I was laying on the couch with a migraine and under a blanket. I was restless with muscles clenched and in pain.  I was also cold so I piled a bunch of blankets on myself. I felt the weight wash over me and help calm my body a bit.

I realized I may benefit from a weighted blanket. After searching, I found SensaCalm.  The “weighted blankets, wraps, and lap pads provide the user with soothing, deep pressure and compressions, allowing the user to relax and calm themselves.” The variety of choices was fun to look through and blankets can be custom made.

My blanket has a “cuddle” fabric and is incredibly soft! I love this blanket!!! Like all therapeutic products, it is not cheap.  The blanket is an investment in my treatment. Rest and comfort, especially during migraine times, I need extra sensory input. The blanket will not stop a migraine but treats my overall pain and discomfort in my body. I now use this blanket everyday and recommend it to anyone with sensory needs.

SensaCalm also offers various toys and accessories.  While scrolling through, I ran across the epsom salt soap. “Epsom salts are known to provide a dose of magnesium through the skin (which people with autism tend to be short on).” Migraine sufferers also tend to be short on magnesium.  I use the lavender bar in the shower for days I don’t have time to take a bath (which are most days). It is made of a variety of natural ingredients made to draw out toxins and calm.

SensaCalm is a new item added to my gift list and I look forward to enjoying it all winter and year round. It has been an amazing addition to my Migraine tool kit at home. Like all products, please consult your doctor and see the safety guidelines provided by SensaCalm.

Organic Aromas diffuser and essential oil for migraine, relaxation and a peaceful home

 

*This post contains affiliate links while the diffuser and oils were given to me as a product review. I am not a doctor and am giving my honest opinion. To learn more see disclaimer

 I previously reviewed the Elements Premium Essential Oil Blends and Raindrop diffuser I use them in my bedroom throughout the day and night. I love them so much, I had to add them to my Top gifts for Migraine, Chronic Illness and those in need of Self Care.

I now have a diffuser and oils to use in my main living space also. I  received* the Radiance diffuser and Master Aromatherapist kit and it has been a gift my whole family enjoys.  The interesting thing about having Chronic Migraine is that smells are very personal and a constantly evolving sense.  Some days I diffuse oils for an extended amount of time and other days I can’t stand any smell in my home.  Some days I like mixed oils and others I like them pure.  This is why the Master Aromatherapist kit works so well for me. It “features some of the best, most important and versatile pure essential oils, certified organic oils and four artisanally-crafted essential oil blends found nowhere else.”  It’s perfect for all of my needs while providing a beautiful box to hold my essentials oils and future bottles I purchase.

The Radiance diffuser is beautiful! It blends perfectly with my décor. Organic Aromas diffusers use “Bernoulli’s principle” which is a nebulizer requiring no heat and no water.  The diffuser comes with built-in “touch sensor” light switch that allows you to turn the LED light on or off with a simple brush of your finger whenever you wish.  This is great for the days I can’t stand any light.  It also has usage cycles of 2 minutes On, and 1 minute Off with auto Shut-off after 120 minutes. I also enjoy the feature that allows personalization of “volume” which gives me control over how much I diffuse.  A little oil goes a long way and each day I require different oils, amounts of oils diffused, and amounts of light and duration of oils being diffused.  With my variety of needs, Organic Aromas diffusers and oils allow me to choose what is best for each situation.

Along with making handmade aromatherapy diffusers using specialty glass and high quality wood, there are numerous varieties, shapes, colors and sizes of essential oil diffusers to choose from. The certified oils and kits are organic essential oils and blends made with the finest quality plants, flowers, tree barks and other natural materials.  The people at Organic Aromas are founded on “the principles of hard work, innovation and the genuine care for the well-being of our customers.”

 

Top 10 Gifts for Migraine, Chronic Illness and Self Care

Top gifts for Migraine, Chronic Illness and those in need of Self Care. (1)

1.Fight your migraine and step into the light with Axon Optics glasses.

Use code: MIGRAINELIFE for 10% off now until Dec. 16


Natural Relief“Axon Optics’ therapeutic lenses help over 90% of customers achieve some level of relief. Most migraine sufferers who have worn Axon Eye wear to treat their light sensitivity have found them to be highly effective, with some sufferers reporting more migraine relief than others. ” See  Review

2. Headache Hat Cold Therapy

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“The Headache Hat is a unique, wearable ice pack for migraine headaches and more. ” If you benefit from cold therapy, aka ever need an ice pack, this is the product for you! I LOVE Headache Hat and it has helped me so much! See Review

3. Organic Aromas— Aromatherapy

“Quiet and effective nebulizing essential oil diffuser for professional aromatherapy.”   Diffusing oils is an easy way to calm and change mood.  Oils can be used in countless ways and combinations. See Review

4. Sensacalm– Sensory integration therapy (touch)

“Custom weighted blankets and other products (that) can be therapeutic for anyone with Anxiety, Insomnia, Autism, ADHD, PTSD and sensory processing disorders.” Laying under a weighted blanket helps ease discomfort and provides relief.

5. Migraine Magick-“Super electrolyte spray-on migraine pain transformer

Use coupon  code mymigrainelife for $22 off an order through you.

“The Magick Brand™ incorporates principles of eastern medicine focused on balancing energy within the mind, body and soul as fundamental to nurturing energy and well-being. ” I use this spray on my shoulders, neck and face to relieve pain.

6. Aromafloria-Aromatherapy (unscented products)


Inline Rectangle“Aromatherapy products both smell luscious and are highly effective through the use of pure essential oils, therapeutic herbs, exotic botanical extracts, vitamins and minerals from around the world.” These unscented products can be mixed with your personal preference of essential oil or left completely smell less.

7. Original Sprout-“Organic Vegan hair care, bath, and styling products for the entire Family” Low fumes and chemicals

$10 off your order now!

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“Clean, non-toxic, all natural hair and skin products that every parent can be proud to use on their entire family.”  I am sensitive to smelly hair products and the organic extracts are gentle and natural. See Review

8. Om-Self care packages, products and information

Use code MyMigraineLife for 30%off Zen Nectar

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“The Community provides holistic support to  reduce the frequency & severity of migraines for people around the world, with the fundamental belief that healing starts with self love. ” See Review

9. EnviroKlenz-Allergy relief

“Effectively eliminate odors and chemical pollutants from indoor air spaces, surface and laundry” Allergies are a common migraine and headache trigger. This may not be the most glamorous gift but I’d rather get a gift I can use and will make me healthier than something not useful. See Review

10. Barometer or Weather prediction device

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 See how Weather hurts

Good luck for find what fits you and your loved ones life. To health and happiness!

Happy Shopping!

*These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Make a difference for Migraine

Today is the official Chronic Migraine Awareness Day.  All month I have been supporting Migraine and Headache Awareness to advocate.  Even though today’s the day and June’s the month, the reality is it’s an everyday, every month type of suffering.  Please continue to read, share, and pass along My Migraine Life’s information and stories to raise awareness all year long.

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This picture is a perfect example of how I fight each day.  I was writing in my office wearing my migraine relief and photophobia glasses.  Why do I wear indoor glasses while the lights are off?  Sky lights!  I love the sun but it doesn’t always love me so I protect my eyes with Axon Optics.  I am an affiliate of Axon Optics which means if you buy them I will receive compensation for my referral.

Axon Optics has generously  offered 15%off your purchase today and tomorrow.

Use code mymigrainelife and purchase here

Another bit of support that I’m wearing is my “Migraine warrior, it’s more than a headache” tank.  It is in the official Migraine color, purple, and is sold by a fellow Migraine blogger Migraine Warrior

Not pictured are my walking shoes.  Please remember to donate to Miles for Migraine.  Skip the Starbucks today and give $10.  It will make a bigger difference in this world…

Do something that makes a difference for all of us who suffer today.  You may not suffer, but someone you know does.  We all need your help!

Donate, buy and wear something that makes a change.

You can’t ask for change without being a part of it.