Stimulus Overload

Recently, we had friends from Albuquerque visiting, so we went out for dinner on Saturday night. We ordered our food and got our drinks and then the fire alarm went off…and it didn’t stop. The squealing, piercing sound cut through me like a knife. Lights were flashing and I was praying it would stop soon.

I put on my sunglasses, closed my eyes and tried to stick it out for a few minutes. The restaurant employees told us that there was no fire and there was no need to evacuate. Once the fire trucks came with their horns blaring and lights flashing, I had to get the heck outta Dodge.

I walked up the street and found Nordstroms which seemed like a good refuge. Three pieces of make-up later, I decided to check on the situation. All was clear so I went back to the restaurant.

In my absence the manager had noticed my departure and approached our table. My boyfriend, Archer, explained I was sensitive to light and sound due to chronic migraines. She immediately took my meal back to the kitchen to keep it warm.

Upon my return our waitress and the manager came over to check on me and bring my meal. They apologized profusely. I told them I was grateful for their understanding of my condition and there was no need to apologize.

I was able to enjoy my quinoa salad, but the damage was already done. I was in full meltdown mode so we went home very quickly.

It was a series of unfortunate events that led to a bad migraine attack. However, I was so impressed with the staff’s concern for my well-being. That’s not something you encounter every day. Have you had a GOOD experience with others making accommodations for you?

*If you watch the accompanying video, there are flashing lights and screeching sounds. This is your potential trigger warning.


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