Creating a migraine cave
Some years ago, my husband and I sat down to brainstorm ways to help me function at home and on-the-go. I was getting tired of missing out on life because of migraine. I was also tired of getting stuck out in the world without the things I needed most to cope with a migraine attack. That’s when we developed a migraine toolkit.
As great as that was, after a while we realized there were still some inconveniences at home that made dealing with a prolonged migraine attack difficult. We lived in a 2-story house with all the bedrooms on the 2nd floor. That presented a few challenges when trying to cope with an attack that would not go away. So we decided to create a migraine-friendly environment in the master bedroom. During the worst migraine times, it became my “migraine cave”, a trigger-free sanctuary where I could rest and recover without sacrificing my needs.
If you experience prolonged attacks that put you in bed for days, why not consider creating your own “migraine cave”? Having your bedroom stocked with everything you might need can help you relax and feel safe during an attack. Just knowing that you have a safe retreat can aid in your recovery.
Here are a few things to consider:
- Room-darkening thermal drapes block out light even on the brightest days.
- Dimmers on your lights help you gradually adjust to light as you begin to recover.
- A wide variety of pillows help to prop you up when you are tired of lying flat but not ready to sit up on your own yet.
- A small refrigerator with freezer can store ice packs, water bottles, healthy snacks, and medications that require refrigeration.
- A small microwave allows you to warm hot packs quickly, heat water for ginger or peppermint tea, etc.
- Fill the top drawer of your nightstand with abortive and rescue medicines so you can find them quickly in the middle of the night.
- Keep non-perishable, easy to digest snacks in your nightstand, too.
- Sunglasses or FL-41 tinted glasses can be stored nearby, too.
- Ear plugs or noise-cancelling headphones help to block out those loud noises that make the pain worse.
- Fill a basket or box with comfort items and keep it near your bed.
- Keep a small flashlight nearby to help you find what you need in the dark.
- A TV tray or lap desk is nice when you get hungry but are too weak to sit at the kitchen table.
- A power strip is handy to keep your cell phone charged in case you need to call for help.
- A fan can be helpful if you tend to get overheated during an attack.
My “migraine cave” is a safe, comfortable space in which I can recover from a migraine attack. It is the one place that will always be migraine-friendly. Creating this sanctuary was one of the best treatment decisions we ever made. Isn’t it time you created your “migraine cave”?
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