Disney World. The Good, the Bad, and the Migraine

Disney World

Disney World!!!!!!

 

I went to Disney World for 3 days and I could probably write a book on it.  Instead I’m going to focus on three things. The good, the bad, and my migraine.  So let’s begin with the good……

Where to begin. Disney World is called the happiest place on earth for a reason.  If you’ve been following me from the beginning, you know this is not the first time I have written about a Disney princess (A Whole New World?) I have loved all things Disney since I was a child and have been so happy to see my children fall in love all the same.  We spent an entire day at Magic Kingdom.  I had planned and saved like most families do and was eager to see how my dreams would come true for my family.

My personal favorite thing was to ride the rides.  I used to love rides but now enter them with a bit more trepidation.  I fear flashing lights, jerking motions and all those other triggers that come along with my migraines.  I also feared the weather, my diet, the stress, dehydration, and exhaustion.

But Tinker Bell sprinkled her fairy dust on me that day and I lived in a fairytale land.  I did however, prepare.  I had water bottles for all of us that I filled at every water fountain I saw.  I didn’t care about how many bathroom breaks we were going to stop at, we all were staying hydrated.  I also brought portable fans for my family that tends to sweat and me who tends to overhead.  I had snacks galore that were healthy and filling enough to stop us from stopping at every food stand we saw.  I had hats and sunglasses for everyone while we waited in the sun.

I didn’t stress at all because we were on vacation, we were together, and somehow I was feeling OK.  OK for me means super duper terrific on a day like our day at Magic Kingdom.  One of my highlights was watching my children meet the characters and waving to them at the parades. IMG_4327IMG_4332

Is there anything sweeter than a tiny hand waving at floats singing to music?  I found myself waving at everyone also, it was contagious. IMG_2246IMG_2186

I actually got to feel like a normal person that day.  I spun around in tea cups laughing and only feeling dizzy.  Feeling dizzy from your kids joyfully spinning you verses feeling dizzy from standing up on an average day is very different.

I felt shaky from my daughter “steering” a car on a track slamming from side to side and laughing from the depths of my gut.  This shaky is wonderful compared to shaking from pain masked by medication yet not masking muscle contractions.

At the end of the day I felt truly tired.  Not exhausted from fighting a migraine, tired from a long glorious day.  I was able to sing with Ariel in her grotto, the way I love to sing (Feeling better makes me sing)IMG_4360

I flew like I could fly

I flew like I had wings.  I took selfies without thinking how my smile was a mask for how I really felt.

The laughs, the joy, the magic was all from a low pain day.  From the opening song that made me feel butterflies in my stomach to the last firework that gleamed in my eye, I was feeling low pain.  Whatever it was; the adrenaline, the preventatives drugs, the preventative living, or  the intoxicating bubble of love and joy, I call it magic!

I could go on and on and on about how our day at Magic Kingdom was one of the happiest I can remember in a very long time (and I consider myself to live a happy life) but I will stop at saying it was perfect. For those of you who can’t relate to a perfect day, I thought it was impossible for myself.  But just like every perfect day comes reality.  Stay tuned for the bad and migraine party of my trip.

Headache Hat Review

It’s a headache hat kind of day! This weather is crazy!

My Migraine Life

overeyes Headache Hat

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When the Headache Hat first was sent to me I was going to write about it at the end of the week.  Well, the holidays came and went and here we are.  I am glad I waited to write a review until now because the Headache Hat helped me get through the holidays which is always a headache and migraine filled time.

First, what the Headache Hat is.  It’s an “ice wrap that delivers long lasting ice, and a comfortable, adjustable fit.”  When I first wrapped it around my head I was not used to the ice cube type design versus my traditional large solid packs.  It grew on me quickly.  I found that I could get specific cubes to press against my temple and secured it tight enough to squeeze and freeze one of my trigger points.  There is…

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Headache Hat Review

overeyes

Headache Hat

Use code:MYML for a discount at checkout

When the Headache Hat first was sent to me as a review, I was going to write about it at the end of the week.  Well, the holidays came and went and here we are.  I am glad I waited to write a review until now because the Headache Hat helped me get through the holidays which is always a headache and migraine filled time.  Although I was given the product, my love for this product has not been affected.

First, what the Headache Hat is.  It’s an “ice wrap that delivers long lasting ice, and a comfortable, adjustable fit.”  When I first wrapped it around my head I was not used to the ice cube type design versus my traditional large solid packs.  It grew on me quickly.  I found that I could get specific cubes to press against my temple and secured it tight enough to squeeze and freeze one of my trigger points.  There is a nice little cover to protect from direct contact with the skin so it can be worn right out of the freezer.  A convenient feature I found was that once the cubes had melted, I could flip it over and use it while the other side of the pack was still frozen.  I love not having to change out packs!  I can’t tell you the amount of times I have laid in bed needing fresh ice but the pain was too much for me to get up.  The best feature, by far, is the wearability.  As I said in Ice vs Heat, I prefer ice but typically heat my shoulders because I can wear it.  Over the holidays I wore the Headache Hat while traveling to relatives in the car, cooking/chopping, wrapping presents, reading to my children, and while resting (or course).  The great thing about using it in bed or on the couch is the movability (again) and the darkness it provides while closing my eyes. It’s a sleep mask and ice pack that blocks light and if you pull it down enough, sound.  When making my “ice helmet” I am frozen in the spot I was packed and can’t move without the ice packs sliding.  I like having the freedom to lay on my side or couch freely.  I did add a pack to the top of my head or back during high pain times because it’s not actually a “hat” it’s more of a headband.  I found that because it was so wearable I reached for it often.  Being that I am on the go all day, I usually can’t ice and I wait until it’s bad enough to stop me in my tracks and lay down.  Since I could wear it I was able to stop some headaches from escalating since early prevention is key.  So anything that keeps me moving and gives me therapy is good.  I’m so grateful that the Headache Hat was given to me to try.  It is a product that is so simple and yet I want to yell, “Where have you been all my life?!”