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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Bright Snow Glare Triggers Migraine

Braving the blistery winter and snow glare

Braving the blistery winter and snow glare

bright sun and bright snow makes me want to hibernate

bright sun and bright snow makes me want to hibernate

I live in the snow belt of Cleveland.  We currently have mass amounts of snow.  It’s crazy cold out but oh well……I’m used to it.  So we hibernate.  But unlike those cozy, dozy bears, in a dark cave, I am forced to face the dreaded snow glare.  I have windows all over my house.  While they look beautiful, they torture me.  The windows frame a world of gleaming light reflecting bright white snow.  This week we ordered blinds for our windows because when I walk in our kitchen I feel like someone is stabbing me with an ice pick through my eyes extending out the back of my head.   I wear sunglasses in the house most of the time but it still doesn’t touch the nausea and aura the glare forces upon me.  When my children nap I am forced to retire to my room which has blackout shades and curtains over them to provide me the cave I require.

Leaving the house is obviously torturous.  I’m prepared, as always, with sunglasses and a big hood to block out peripheral light.  Driving escalates my pain instantly and without fail.  There’s nothing more I know to do.  I am not a bear and need to take my daughter to school, buy food for my family and do other humanly tasks.  It’s not realistic for me to hibernate.  I’m counting the days until I can make my castle a bit more cave like and for this snow to melt.  Cloudy days, at this point, are my friends and this is not a statement I make often.  It’s a difficult situation when it’s best to stay home yet my home and the snow’s glare make me sick.  This has been a very difficult winter, migraine wise, and this snow needs to go.  Snow, No!  You need to go.

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Do Weather Swings Trigger Your Migraine?

I wish weather swings were as fun as real swings.  The way my kids laugh going up and down, back and forth looks fun.  Instead, the temperature goes up and down making my head sway back and forth and it’s no fun at all!

Weather is a huge trigger for me!   Living in Cleveland is not ideal for this!  From what I’ve read, it happens most places but living in the snow belt is intense.

This week we had a 30 degree shift in two days!  There goes my head.  The barometric pressure squeezes me like a vice.  I have a barometer in my kitchen but I don’t need it because I am triggered before it registers.  My allergies kick up and my head gets so much pressure in it I feel like my eyes are popping out.

The wind, hail and lightning against my windows gave me generalized pain EVERYWHERE.  The migraine, my joints, my stomach, the fatigue all revolved around the weather.  I’m so much better when it just stays the same.

So how do I stop the weather?  I haven’t been able to figure that one out.  I have no ideas on how to even prepare for the swings when I know it is coming.  I don’t like to take meds to prevent them because I would be doing that several times a day with the amount of triggers I have and the pain state I live.

So how do I help myself during the swings?

  • I drink lots of water
  • Avoid being out in the elements
  • Keep my rescue meds close by
  • Eat anti inflammatory foods
  • Stay on my sleep schedule
  • Try to take stress in stride while doing a bit of yoga or meditation
  • Take benedryl or allergy medicine
  • Take an Epsom bath with essential oils
  • Continue to do what I can to brace the not so fun swing I’m about to ride

Where do you live?

How do you deal with weather swings and shifts?

 

 

 

 

Does having a Cold or Sinus Infection trigger a Migraine?

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I get severe sinus infections every year!  I have had sinus surgery and still get sinus infections!  They are a huge trigger for my migraines and this season has been no different.  I was once told that I’m allergic to viruses and get very sick when I contract an infection like a cold, sinus infection or the flu.  When I  get sick, it always ends in a migraine.  My sinus infection was treated with an antibiotic and ended with a cycle of migraine.

Prior to that, I had been burning my candle from both ends, so to speak,  and got a cold. The first day I was wiped out with no energy, lost my voice, and was overall down and out.  The following days I continued to cough and had other various cold like symptoms.  I have to say, colds are no fun and I’m glad I don’t get them often.  It really was more annoying than anything else though.  I was just ready for it to be done.  I could continue on with my life but it slowed me down a bit.

Here’s the difference between a cold and my everyday life….migraines!  I tried not to take a lot of over the counter (OTC) cold meds because I really don’t like to take OTCs in general.  I lived a period of my life getting rebound headaches not understanding the repercussions of OTCs and I have not taken them since.   So med free, I had a coughing fit one night.  This fit triggered a migraine and I immediately went into abort migraine mode.

I actually thought to myself, “wow, a cold is annoying but a migraine sends true fear through me.”  The proverbial trick or treat.   A cold is no treat, but with a migraine looming I took it as one.  My trick being pain, pain, pain, and I wasn’t falling for it.  I had  resisted taking meds all week but once the migraine hit I immediately took what I hoped would be effective.

With the coughing, lack of sleep, stuffy head turned sinus infection I knew a migraine would not be far away.  I went to the doctor to confirm a sinus infection and start an antibiotic.  I never feel better immediately on antibiotics and once they kicked in they started a migraine cycle for me that last 3 days.

So why can’t I just get a cold?  Like I said, it’s no fun at all (especially with 2 children that also have colds and sinus infections) but having a simple cold made me feel almost normal.   It was the migraine cycle that ended it that was the worst.  Being sick is so hard but combined with chronic migraine it makes the battle all that harder!

 

Glare and reflection triggers Migraines

While so many of you are snowed in and hit with the bright glare, I thought I’d repost about snow. Here in Cleveland I feel like I could leave it up all of winter!

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Braving the blistery winter and snow glare Braving the blistery winter and snow glare

bright sun and bright snow makes me want to hibernate bright sun and bright snow makes me want to hibernate

I live in the snow belt of Cleveland.  We currently have mass amounts of snow.  It’s crazy cold out but oh well……I’m used to it.  So we hibernate.  But unlike those cozy, dozy bears, in a dark cave, I am forced to face the dreaded snow glare.  I have windows all over my house.  While they look beautiful, they torture me.  The windows frame a world of gleaming light reflecting bright white snow.  This week we ordered blinds for our windows because when I walk in our kitchen I feel like someone is stabbing me with an ice pick through my eyes extending out the back of my head.   I wear sunglasses in the house most of the time but it still doesn’t touch the nausea and aura the glare forces upon me.  When…

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Weather Swings bring Migraines

Does anyone else get triggered by weather swings? I wrote this in the spring yet it happens year round. Fall is just the beginning of my weather related migraines.

My Migraine Life

I wish weather swings were as fun as real swings.  The way my kids laugh going up and down, back and forth looks fun.  Instead, the temperature goes up and down making my head sway back and forth.  Weather is a huge trigger for me.   Living in Cleveland is not ideal for this!  From what I’ve read, it happens most places though, so I’m not going to blame it fully on location.  Last week was 9 degrees here and this week we can potentially hit 60.  What?!?  So there goes my head.  The barometric pressure squeezes me like a vice.  I have a barometer in my kitchen but I don’t pay any attention to it because I am triggered before it registers.  Everyone is ecstatic about this great thaw on our city, but I just hear “pain” when I hear the forecast.  I’m so much better when it just stays…

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All in Cleveland, All in Migraine, All in Hope

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While watching the Cavs last night I had no choice but to compare Cleveland sports to my migraines.  I did this not because watching them gives me a headache and nauseous, although it has, but because it gives me hope.  When the TV flashed, “last time Cavs won a championship…NEVER” my heart pounded and head filled with thoughts of possibilities.  With the theme of Migraine Awareness Month being hope, I had no choice but to make a comparison.  Watching losing teams year after year can be defeating just like losing year after year of having Chronic Migraines.  I continue to change my line up and think positively but more often than not a season slips through my fingers.  This year we had hope.  I find it ironic that I started my blog a year ago and my fight changed.  When LeBron came back, things changed.  LeBron embarrassed me, angered me, and frustrated me in the past.  All of these feelings I have felt with my disease.  It’s like, just when we had something going, it left and practically laughed in my face.  I’ve been there, done that more times than I’d like to remember with my pain.  But then he came back and I was optimistic, excited, and encouraged.  Once again, all the things I have felt with blogging, new medications, surgery, and more.  So the finals came and we got injured.  They said we couldn’t do it.  Then another hit and we were down another man.  Our team battled.  Just like any good athlete and true sufferer knows, you fight.  With these changes came strength from the bench that was unexpected.  I have amazed myself at the times I thought I was completely down and found another source of strength to get me through.  In the game last night, I had hope.  Hope that the “never” would turn into the “now.”  The thought of winning a championship that had never been won gave me hope that maybe my battle wouldn’t always be a loss.  History would be or could be changed.  Things would be exciting and new and different.  The hope of something different for Cleveland gave me hope for something different in myself.  I know it sounds crazy, but seeing something many thought impossible become possible is inspiring.  Until the last second of the game, those boys fought.  They were down but they were not out and never gave up.  Even though we lost, they taught us a good lesson.  There is hope, the impossible is possible or at least something that can be within grasp and to never give up.  They may not have won, but not every victory is a championship.  Hope is looking forward.  #AllinClev #AllinMigraine #AllinHope