21 Super *Kool* Things about Chronic Migraine

It’s true there are still people around me that don’t understand what my life is actually like with chronic Migraine. I’ve been chronic since the mid ‘90’s so I’ve pretty much given up trying to make the leopard change its spots. So I go with it.

Every once in a while I get a little cheeky. Today is one of those days.

Because of chronic Migraine:

  1. I’m super popular and easy to find. I’m always with a doctor, or at home. This puts me at the top of everyone’s “Emergency Contact” list.
  2. I’m skinny. I’m teased mercilessly, but all of that fun diarrhea, nausea and vomiting keeps me the envy of all those healthy people around me who have choices.
  3. I know the difference between “happy” and “healthy”. The first I consciously practice, the second I pray for.
  4. I am thankful for everyday things others take for granted. I learned this after losing most of these everyday things.
  5. My work ethic is unbeatable. My never ending task is to work every moment of every day at being as normal as I can be no matter how exhausted I might become. Everything else is a piece of cake. EVERYTHING.
  6. I never have to make my bed. I’m usually in it.
  7. I am a pop whiz. I can amaze others with my ability to recognize even obscure actors and actresses by their voices, and can quote movie scenes in verbatim. This is the result of spending years listening to the same movies over and over and over again as I try to divert my mind from my pain.
  8. My electric bill is cheap. Keeping the lights off due to constant light sensitivity will do that.
  9. I am very respectful. Experiencing frequent disrespect by normally intelligent people teaches the importance of showing respect to everyone.
  10. I’m smarter than my doctors. They keep telling me “I don’t know”.
  11. My car will live forever. It rarely leaves my driveway and has maintained its gorgeous good looks and value throughout the years.
  12. I am stylish. I have an awesome pajama/sweats wardrobe. I rarely get dressed in anything else because I rarely go anywhere or see anyone.
  13. I can speak in tongues. When aphasia hits, no one understands what I’m trying to say but me.
  14. I am very good at quickly prioritizing the important things in my life. This is the result of years of practice making difficult choices.
  15. I have a near encyclopedic knowledge of treatments, triggers, causes, medications and health conditions because there are so many strangers, friends and family eager to share their theories about something they read or heard is sure to cure me.
  16. I am easily amused. It takes a lot less to make me smile, laugh, or appreciate something. When the lows are so low, even a little high seems big.
  17. I am the most patient person you will probably ever meet. Being chronically ill requires buckets of patience. It means living through today moment by moment to get to tomorrow, and then putting 95% of our lives on hold. I’ve been doing this a long time. I am very good at it.
  18. I have humility. Listening to others talk about you when they think you can’t hear is helpful in reducing all existing dignity.
  19. I rock at conversation. When prodrome makes me forget what I’m talking about I can change the direction of conversation on a dime.
  20. I have real live superpowers. This includes super sensitive eyesight, hearing, smell and taste. My skin is so sensitive I can feel a door open across a room.
  21. Love is here and is the reason I survive chronic Migraine.

These are also awesome comebacks in fun party situations or when conversing with someone truly annoying. LOL.

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  • kengstrom
    6 years ago

    I’m an apartment manager and I started to get a migraine at work, my vision was fuzzy and I felt dizzy. I decided to go sit in the quite model in the hopes that my medication would kick in and it wouldn’t go to a full blown migraine and i could stay at work. Well my staff (who didn’t like the new boss supervising them and making changes) emailed my supervisor and told her that I was asleep on the job in the model for over an hour.

  • Ellen Schnakenberg author
    6 years ago

    kengstrom – I am so sorry you had that happen to you. Did you get the chance to talk to your supervisor to explain what happened and maybe make plans for what they would like you to do if it happens again in the future?

  • sherryledford
    7 years ago

    So much of this describes me exactly! Great article!

  • Ellen Schnakenberg author
    6 years ago

    We are not alone!

  • jodgo25
    7 years ago

    Absolutely loved this!!!!! The only one I couldn’t relate to was #2….I am on the flip side of that. I save money every month by not paying a gym fee because exercise brings on a migraine faster than you can say ahh no. So my weight has increased unfortunately. I can relate to all the rest of them! I especially liked #s 6, 8, 10 and 13! Thank you for giving me a giggle……I really needed it!

  • Ellen Schnakenberg author
    6 years ago

    I’m so glad you commented! Reading that it helped you just made. my. day!

  • Elaine Gross
    7 years ago

    Perfect Ellen! This is great. I loved it, and it gave me a good laugh. Thanks.

  • Ellen Schnakenberg author
    7 years ago

    Hi Elaine! You’re so very welcome :). Thanks for the comment!

  • Sara
    7 years ago

    This is really great Ellen. I could especially related to #4, #5, #11, #14 & #20.

    I used to take little things for granted, and the grass was always greener somewhere else. Now I’m just thankful to get out of bed in the morning, and I love when I’m able to go to work!

    I work like crazy when I’m at work, because I never know when the pain will make it impossible to look at my computer or nausea will send me running in seconds flat.

    My truck has hardly any miles on it and is in pretty good shape. (Except when I hit things because I’m so out of it most of the time) :0

    Little stuff is low on the priority list. Cleaning gets done only on the best days! But I actually like cleaning, because I rarely get to do it.

    I can’t believe what I can smell from far away and how quickly it can make my brain explode!

    Thanks again for the smile.

  • Ellen Schnakenberg author
    7 years ago

    You’re welcome! I really love that it resonated with so many. 😀

  • 7 years ago

    Oh – and I love #13!

  • 7 years ago

    Ellen – This list is great, but you forgot one:

    22. I’m a cheap date – After all, you’ll never have to buy me any wine, beer, coffee drinks, chocolate, sugary desserts, aged cheeses or cured meats, nor will you ever have to take me out anywhere that’s loud, brightly lit or smelly with perfume. I won’t even ask you to keep me out past 10pm! What a deal!

  • Ellen Schnakenberg author
    7 years ago

    Amazingly wonderful addition! Love it!

  • gerry
    7 years ago

    Thank for writing this, I can identify with most every one of them. It’s nice (well sad) to know there are others who understand exactly how I feel.

  • Ellen Schnakenberg author
    7 years ago

    Gerry – I am sad you understand them so well, but happy you have found us so we can all laugh and commiserate together!

  • moneypenni
    7 years ago

    Thanks for this post! It’s so me! And if i can’t laugh at my migraines then I know it’s all over for me and the have won…

  • Ellen Schnakenberg author
    7 years ago

    And laughing gives us all those wonderful pain killing endorphins! 😀

  • brianne
    7 years ago

    Thank you. I really related to #4, 3, and 5. This made gave me a chuckle and made me think “this Ellen could be my friend”. It is comforting to know we are not alone in our pain and frustration.

  • Ellen Schnakenberg author
    7 years ago

    brianne – I really worried that the reason for this post might be lost on some readers. When we are in such terrible pain it is really so very hard to laugh even a little. I am thrilled you saw what I was trying to say here and it made you smile. :D. We need to friend each other here and chat sometime!

  • larrystroud
    7 years ago

    Sometimes you’re so funny. Keep it up. 🙂

  • Ellen Schnakenberg author
    7 years ago

    I so love to laugh. Sometimes it comes with lots of head shaking at the ironies of life, but so long as it at least makes us smile, then we beat the beasties down a little for the day – yes?!

  • casrak
    7 years ago

    I love this post as well. I can relate to soo many if not all of these things. I had to go in for what seems to be my (weekly) shot last thursday. I felt great all the way till sunday morning. Then around 11am it suddendly hit, that darn Migraine. I am still fight it today.

  • Ellen Schnakenberg author
    7 years ago

    casrak – I do hope you are finally feeling better today…

  • taralane
    7 years ago

    Love this post Ellen!

    I had a really good day a couple of days ago, and was ready to get all sorts of things done, and the next day reality set in and I was back in bed trying to find the energy to just get up and do something, anything productive.

    Today is because I am now fighting with a large migraine that may or may not respond to the 1 abortive med I have that still works. When I read your post, I could relate to every single item, because they all describe me to a “T” and I had a good laugh which took my mind off the pain for a moment.

    So thanks a bunch.

  • Ellen Schnakenberg author
    7 years ago

    Gotta love a few endorphins. Now if we could just figure out a way to box them and give them away!

  • Magpye
    7 years ago

    I too absolutely love this post – thank you Lori for posting the link. Everything about this is spot on! I only wish (joking) I had more of the nausea thing – I get it but not enough to keep me away from junk food… 😉

  • lori
    7 years ago

    I love this, Ellen! Every single one is so true. If you don’t mind, I would like to link this back to my blog.

  • Ellen Schnakenberg author
    7 years ago

    lorilonghurst – thank you for asking. I really appreciate it!

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