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I took my migraine on vacation.

I had a really fabulous vacation last week. Like, I’m still sad it’s over. I even got teary-eyed as we boarded the rental car company’s shuttle that took us to our gate. That’s how great our trip to Los Angeles was.

In retrospect, it’s somewhat amazing to me that I had such a great trip. Why, you ask? Because I had a migraine FOR AT LEAST FIVE DAYS IN A ROW. Unfortunately for me, I’ve been a major slacker when it comes to updating my migraine calendar (please slap my hand with a ruler for that), so I can’t remember now how many days pre-trip it started. But I can tell you that, for the first few days of vacation, I awoke with a migraine that didn’t go away entirely until the second to last day of our trip.

Miraculously, the migraine did not get too much in the way. I was a little bummed once I figured out this was my usual menstrual-related migraine, cause I’d planned the trip so that my period wouldn’t arrive ‘til I was back in Athens. (Guess whose period, which usually operates like clockwork, arrived mysteriously early the last 2 months?) Jim was as patient as could be despite his wanting to pack in anything and everything into our short trip. And he was especially great the day I felt awful but had to head to his extended family’s Cookout #1. (We ended up going not to one but three amazing Mexican BBQs—it was pretty awesome.) He drove around, killing time while my Imitrex took its sweet time deciding if it was going to kick in or not. He probably would’ve taken me back to where we were staying if the drive weren’t over an hour (in that famous L.A. traffic). I didn’t feel cured by the time we rolled up to the cookout, but I was feeling a lot better. And it was nice to know that Jim was, as always, very understanding—if I were to become sick, all it would take would be one look and we’d be on our way home. There’s great comfort in knowing that an escape is possible; just knowing I can go home if necessary makes me feel at ease.

I’m grateful that this particular series of migraine attacks wasn’t bad enough to merit my staying in bed (or near a toilet, if I may give you too much information), that I could still function pretty well and that I have medications that work the vast majority of the time.

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Comments

  • Robb Pinner
    8 years ago

    Guys, PLEASE PLEASE check out Lifepoint, it is working when nothing else is. Go to teamnostrae.com and watch Ed Frisbee’s video. He suffered for 30 years and was even hospitalized over migranes. Please check it out. I hope it will help you. 🙂

  • Jennifer Collins-Gonzalez
    8 years ago

    To “Migraine girl”, If I were you I would use a different med than imitrex, it has a very poor reaction to migraines. My Neurologists will not even consider it a migraine med. I use Maxalt, it stops the aura quickly, comes in a dissolving packet no need for water and helps ith the pain alot better than Imitrex ever did!

  • Kimberley Burgess Piccioni
    8 years ago

    My family(parents, grandmother, aunt, uncle, brother & sister-in-law) went on a cruise with my husband and I. My husband doesn’t know how to swim so I never go snorkeling or anything like that because I don’t want my husband to be bored. This family vacation I was really looking forward to because with all of these people my husband would have someone to be with while I went snorkeling. Wouldn’t you know it the day this excursion was scheduled I woke up with a massive migraine and couldn’t even get out of bed. So I had to miss it again. 🙁

  • Jennifer Collins-Gonzalez
    8 years ago

    really can’t remember a vacation where I didn’t have a migraine. From the stress of the packing, long flights overseas, long lines, long waits in busy, crowded & noisy airports, jet-lag and hot weather, I can always count on getting at least one that will take me out for a at least 2 days then I just suck it up for the other couple of days just to try and enjoy the vacation inspite of them.I refuse to let them keep me captive at home, my comfort zone! I still go and always know I will get at least one. I also take my meds and get through them. The worst was last year after a long flight from New Zealnd and a short lay over in LA I got a migraine at 6 am on the way to the airport fro a very long flight coast to coast back home to Florida! With altitiude and dry cabin air it was pure torture! Most people will NEVER understand what this disablity causes!

  • Debra Nemeth
    8 years ago

    No, NOT ‘too much information’…We have all (well, I have)..know too well the need to be near the toilet. It really, really takes a toll on ourselves….but…. for the husbands/wives/significant others who stand by us…when surely the sh** gets old. God bless them.

  • Barbetta Reedy
    8 years ago

    We went down to an anniversay party in Kansas well to say the least I didn’t even get to see the party I was in our hotel room with a migraine that wouldn’t go away no matter what I did.

  • Janice Worden Lamb Clemens
    8 years ago

    Glad you could enjoy most of your trip. I have taken my migraines with me on vavtion…as long as I have my meds and don’t wait too long to take them I can function somewhat…and having a truly understanding, supportive, caring husband/significant other etc. is truly a godsend…my husband is my rock and without him being as understanding as he is I couldn’t manage everything I do….he truly understands sometimes when things don’t get done and why,,,,

  • Visimi Factuosa
    8 years ago

    You’re very fortunate that you can travel at all. My daughter has migraines 24/7, and has become disabled. A drive of more than 20 minutes leaves her feeling incapacitated, and she could never take a major trip, or attend multiple festivities. I hope you get well, and I’m so glad you’re able to do these things.

  • Pen Ort
    8 years ago

    I have not travelled since 1992 because of migraine. I don’t have good enough medication to get out of the door. I envy you and applaud your effort. So glad you made it.

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