Love this latest topic from Diana Lee's Somebody Heal Me Migraine Blog Carnival.
"True Migraine Confessions: In honor of Migraine Awareness Month, give us your most personal, embarrassing or secret stories of living with migraine disease. Be as open as you dare."
I had to laugh, as I thought this was just a fantastic topic. And... it shows my age (42 now) that I really don't get embarrassed about my migraines anymore. I walk around outside with my ice wrap on... and my neighbors see me driving away from the house with the wrap on. I figure I know I look goofy, but by wearing it, it makes it so much more possible for me to be outside in the heat, or to drive (helps with the motion sickness) when I have a migraine. I get some funny looks at the intersections, but I just smile and keep singing along to the radio (another thing I used to be a little embarrassed to do at the stoplight).
I do have a few embarrassing stories though, that I look back on and am a little horrified... all having to do with the uncontrollable nausea and vomiting!
When I was younger, I worked in the music industry as an artist manager and executive producer of independent records. I had finished an a very long weekend at a recording studio in Chicago and was driving back to the band's home base in Lawrence, Kansas. I was on the interstate with all of the original 2" master tapes in my trunk (very sensitive to temperatures - cold and hot). I tried so hard to make it home (I was only a few hours away), but ended up having to speed into a rest stop and run to the bathroom covering my mouth with both hands so I wouldn't throw up everywhere. I made it... but it was a close one. In an incredible turn of luck, the group I'd been recording with happened into that same rest stop minutes later and saw my car. I was able to transfer the master tapes to their car and ended up staying in the motel next door for a day and a half until my migraine was gone. At the time, if felt a little humiliating and embarrassing that I couldn't make it only a few more hours home. But, luck was on my side not having to worry about the tapes and being able to take care of myself.
About 5 years later... I'd had plans to go to a riverboat casino with some close friends. It hadn't occurred to me that the smells of being on the water, in combination with the chain smokers at the casino (smoking was still allowed back then) would trigger a level 10 migraine. I did everything I could to try and keep myself together, but on the ride home with my friends, I had to have them pull over on the side of the interstate so I could be sick. They are the most wonderful friends but just couldn't understand what was happening to me as I hadn't been drinking and to them, I looked well. The embarrassment was just in having to pull over on the side of the interstate and put my friends in danger... but better that then throwing up in their car... right?
Similar stories as I got older... from being with my real estate agent looking for a new house and getting so sick I threw up in the bushes at one of the prospective houses and had to stop the house tour for the day... to riding on the MARTA in Atlanta with my parents and just praying I could make it to the airport without getting sick.
After all of these years, and these stories of either being sick or almost getting sick... I have learned a very valuable lesson. BRING A BARF BAG! I used to laugh about the "barf bags" (as we called them then) when I was a little kid on the airplane, but now every time I fly, I take the airsick bag and toss it in my purse, so I have one with me. Hey... it can't hurt to be prepared considering my past experiences!
Hope you've enjoyed this gross post! Nice to be old enough that it's not embarrassing anymore... but it sure used to be!!
No more migraines,