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A Make-Believe Migraine Weapon – Die Hard

Migrane Awareness Month

The prompt / topic for day 18 of the Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge is: Die Hard: “Now I have a machine gun. Ho, ho, ho”: Devise a make-believe weapon to blast Migraine/Headache Disorders out of your life.

Did you love the “Die Hard” moves? I did because the bad guys always got it in the end, and that just seems right. So, a weapon to blast Migraines? Yes! Let’s think about this. What are the requirements for such a weapon?

  • Well, first of all, it has to be purple since that’s our awareness color.
  • It has to be light and easy enough to handle, BUT it still has to look like a true kick-butt weapon.
  • It absolutely has to blast the entire Migraine, not just the pain.

Let’s go a bit futuristic with this. I see a gun-style weapon, somewhat like a science fiction ray gun. It’s purple with lots of chrome colored titanium (titanium is very light weight). Since Migraines can affect the entire body, a blast from this gun works when it hits any part of the body. It fires a purple ray that, instead of penetrating the body, envelopes the body in an odorless purple cloud that hides the body for 15 seconds. During that 15 seconds, the cloud gradually dissipates, and as it does, it relieves all the Migraine symptoms and does not leave the Migraineur with even the tiniest bit of postdrome. The cloud from the ray leaves the Migraineur feeling well and refreshed, and it somehow also leaves them freshly bathed and ready to resume their life.

As a secondary purpose, when fired at someone who doesn’t have Migraines and doesn’t understand, the weapon would give them an instant five-minute Migraine, complete with postdrome, so they’ll be more sympathetic and understanding in the future.

What kind of weapon would you develop? Please post a comment below and tell us!

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  • kristisprague
    7 years ago

    Teleporting, not used as a weapon, but as a source of comfort. (I am a die-hard anti-violence, anti-war toys mom. My kids get frustrated when they can’t get a water gun that looks like it could kill or NERF guns, but it is what it is.)

    One of the greatest reliefs for me, when my head pain is nearly off the charts, is to put my head on the chest of someone I deeply love who reciprocates that love or for them to gently place their hands on my head.

    A devise to teleport a support person right to me, any time, any day, would be awesome!

  • DebbyJ56
    7 years ago

    There is a new devise out there called a GammaCore NeuroStimulator. It looks like a little gun type instrument ant it is supposed to zap away migraines. It is still in the study stages.

  • Teri-Robert author
    7 years ago

    I don’t know much about it yet, but am meeting with someone from the company at a conference next week to learn more.

  • Nola
    7 years ago

    I like your idea except for the last part – as much as I’d like others to understand the hell I go through, I wouldn’t wish even a five minute migraine on anyone.

  • jaijai01
    7 years ago

    Nola I have been on the receiving end of far too many comments of “you missed work for a headache?” And “It’s just a headache, take an aspirin” or ” you don’t look sick” that I need other people to experience the pain so they can understand what it’s like. People are cruel and uncaring to us, and if experiencing it for five minutes will makes them understand then I’m all for it.

  • Susan K.
    7 years ago

    Nola, I agree with you. Besides, carrying around the extra anger and stress required for inflicting a “retribution” headache would make my headaches worse!

  • Teri-Robert author
    7 years ago

    I understand. I used to feel that way too, but I’ve now encountered so many people who are down-right cruel to people with Migraines, that now I do wish they’d have just one.

  • DebbyJ56
    7 years ago

    Sorry, I would. I’d like everyone to have a five minute grand mall migraine like I have almost every day. Then they’d know why I can’t come out to play. Or watch their kids, or go shopping. Just five minutes, would do.

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