Migraine Patient Turned Injury Caretaker
Sometimes, I don’t know what I would do without my caretaker. From knowing just what to do when a familiar migraine attack comes on, to providing me with comfort, affirmation, and encouragement through daily pain with chronic migraine, my caretaker is literally my rock.
What a good migraine caretaker looks like
Even though they hear me express feelings of despair over pain every single day, they still listen intently. Even though I have asked them a million and one times to please get me an ice pack and my medication, they still promptly and lovingly help me every time. Since they are also my partner, they have seen me through the very lowest of lows with migraine, and I trust them and their care. I always want to give reciprocal attention and care to them, and I feel guilty when migraine makes that difficult for me.
My migraine caretaker was injured
Recently, my caretaker suffered a back injury that made it so that they experienced debilitating pain for a few weeks. The pain was concentrated in their lower center back, and they had a lot of trouble standing, walking, moving around, and felt generally bad all over from the pain. I knew it was my turn to be as much of a caretaker as I could for them, during this time. Luckily, I learned from the best.
What I learned from my caretaker that helped me help them
My caretaker is always very attentive to my needs, and often times asks what, if anything, they can do to help me when the pain is really bad. I tried to take cues from my caretaker when they were injured, by asking what they needed and how I could help. This entailed putting the ice packs in the freezer for us both, getting some Ibuprofen to help them with the swelling and discomfort, and applying icy-hot to their injury.
My caretaker also anticipates things I don’t ask for all the time, so I took it upon myself to gather a few things I thought might help, just in case. I grabbed a back brace from my local Walmart just to assist them in sitting and standing, and they were very thankful!
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