Migraine Awareness Month #1: Your First for the First

June is Migraine Awareness Month, and I have been asked to write a few blogs in honor of this important awareness effort. Here were my instructions: “Share the story of your first Migraine, what it was like, if you knew what it was, what you did, how you felt.” So here goes:

I’ve blogged before about what I think was my very first severe migraine (read here). Looking back, it seems like something as monumental as one’s very first migraine attack would be forever etched in her mind, that it would live in infamy forever onward.

But instead, all I’m left with are snippets. I do remember lying in that hot attic bedroom, extremely hungry but too nauseated to eat. I started daydreaming about all the foods I wanted, focusing primarily on the amazing hot dogs from Eddie’s Grill in Ohio.

And then I vomited.

I remember feeling immense love from my grandmother who, even at age 70, climbed up three flights of stairs to bring me cool washcloths and to check on me. I am one of 20-something grandkids on that side of the family, and while I know my grandmother loves me dearly, it wasn’t often that I had this precious one-on-one time with her. I remember wanting to cuddle with her while also wishing my mom was there. I remember feeling sad and lonely and sick, especially as I heard the yelps and giggles of my sister and cousins playing in the yard. I remember the wonderful warmth of having my grandmother check on me followed by the intense isolation of being utterly alone when she left.

I just lay in bed. I lay in wait. As I write this, I have a slight migraine that’s getting steadily worse, and I wonder if I’m making it more intense with these memories I’m recalling.

Do you remember your first migraine? What was it like for you?

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