Social Migraine

I’ve never written here before, but after what happened today I have to. I’m a 53 year old woman and have had migraines since I was six. While they have gotten to be more frequent and more of a major issue in my life in this past ten years, generally vomiting with a migraine is not typical for me (as an adult). In the last couple of years my social life has dwindled to little or nothing, in large part because of my not being able to get out due to light sensitivity.

Anyhow, I had on the spur of the moment invited two acquaintances over for a Memorial Day barbecue. Well, then I woke up this morning feeling somewhat sensitive to motion. I did my best to go easy, get things ready in small bits, and then sit and rest. Nevertheless, my head continued to get worse, and I declared I couldn’t do any more preparation, leaving the rest to my husband and 18 year old daughter.

Well, it was a lovely lunch, and I did my best to enjoy it. The company was good. But when my husband asked if I wanted “hamburger, (nitrate-free) hot dog or Italian sausage, I knew I was in trouble. The quinoa salad Judy brought looked safe, so I had a bit of that. I made it through one false alarm to the bathroom. But then one more forkful of that salad sent me running again, but I didn’t make it to the bathroom. All over the threshold of the back door.

After cleaning myself up, I took to bed. And stayed there. I wasn’t well enough to get up, but talking about embarrassing. My guests knew I get migraines, and that “my head wasn’t so good,” but still. My husband said no one ate any more after that, although they did stay for another hour and a half. Should I call my guests and apologize (if only for not saying good bye? Has this ever happened to you?

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