Saturday, June 9, 2012

Migraine Awareness Month Blogging Challenge #9: Day Dream Believer

Hmmm... a day without Migraine to hold me back - what to do, what to do... Actually, what not to do?!

A day without Migraine holding me in its grasp is nearly impossible to even imagine. But, after getting over the initial shock of waking up well-rested and with no pain, I would be ecstatic and do so many things that I've faced with limitations over the past few years.

Here are some of the things I'd love to do on my pain-free day:

Go for a walk outside, without sunglasses - without worry about the sun, heat, or exercise.

Drive and go shopping by myself - without worry about the sun and other stimuli driving involves, the fluorescent lights, other people's perfumes, getting exhausted within moments of leaving my home, or getting stranded somewhere because my head started hurting and I couldn't drive myself home.

Chew gum (specifically, cinnamon gum) - without worry about the chewing or smell worsening my head.

Play with my nieces and nephew - without worry about their high energy, loud toys, or piercing shrieks.

Spend time with my husband - without worry of him having to take care of me or that even the slightest touch will be painful.

Go to a concert (with my sister or Jeremy) - without worry about the lights, smells, loud music, crowds, etc. triggering a Migraine. I'd love to go to a Christian concert like the one my sister and I went to the summer before my accident - it was all-day, outside, and the bands included Skillet, Jeremy Camp, MercyMe, and Pillar - so amazing! I'd also love to take Jeremy to see Blue Man Group - I saw them in concert with my brother about a year before my accident - it was great!

Go horseback riding - without worry about being outside in the heat and sun, or dealing with the rhythm of trotting or loping.

Call and set up a gathering of my closest friends and family. We'd have dinner and game night at my immaculate apartment. I would prepare all kinds of delicious food and drinks, especially ones that I've had to limit because of my Migraines. We'd spend the entire evening eating, visiting, playing games, and laughing until it hurts - all of this without worry of being overwhelmed by too much stimuli, or of a Migraine being triggered by food / drink.

Scream, laugh, cry - without worry that any of these would trigger or worsen a Migraine.

My day without Migraine holding me back would be surprising, productive, enjoyable, and full of laughter.

This post was written as part of the Migraine Awareness Month Blogging Challenge (MAMBC), which is initiated by and the National Migraine Awareness Month is initiated by the National Headache Foundation (NHF).
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