My Name is Michele, and I’m a Migraineur.
If you know me at all, you probably already know that I get migraines. Like a lot of migraines. Like 15-20 migraines a month. Yeah, that many.
Migraines are a major part of my life. I haven’t been able to find a way to change that – yet. I’ve decided to write a blog series about how I manage to run a business with all my many migraines, some of the treatments I’ve tried, and the new treatments I undergo in an attempt to get my migraines under control. I’m hoping this story will end with me finding something that works. And I sincerely hope my story will end soon.
Procrastination is Not an Option
The first thing that I learned as a migraineur is that I have to plan for my migraines. I can’t control exactly WHEN I’m going to get them, but I know that I WILL get them, and I have to make allowances for that. Setting things off until the last minute is not a good way to go, because I may be completely incapacitated at that last minute. Working when I feel well is a must, even if it’s at 3:00 in the morning.
As a migraineur, I know that I’m going to have less productive time per week than a healthy person, so it is absolutely essential to set priorities. It’s not possible to do everything I want to do, and some things are more likely than others to trigger a migraine.
I’ve recently started using an app called Trello to help with my planning. It’s been wonderful for helping me put everything up in one place, then choosing the highest priority items to complete.
Although I’m a planner by nature, I’ve learned that I have to be flexible in my scheduling. I can’t necessarily complete a task on the afternoon I planned, but if I’m feeling well in the middle of the night, I’m definitely going to be working. It’s not possible to be 100% flexible, of course, because I need to make meetings and appointments. Scheduled events are almost always going to cause a migraine for me. It’s just a fact. I have to accept it, and I have to prepare for it. I know that I’m going to have a migraine, but I can take steps to mitigate its severity and plan for a little down time afterward to recover.
I select my social events very carefully because chances are, I’ll have a migraine while I’m there. I don’t schedule very many social events, and when I’m there, I don’t drink. I choose not to drink because 1. that would cut into my productive hours, and 2. many alcoholic beverages are migraine triggers. That’s a choice that I make because being productive is more important to me than being able to have a drink.
One very important thing that I need to do as a migraineur is to make sure I know where my next meal is coming from. Skipping a meal is a guaranteed migraine. As a vegetarian, I can’t always be sure that everywhere I go is going to have something I can eat. My secret? I usually have a snack in my purse for just these occasions.
Next Time on Journey of a Jeweler Migraineur…
I’ll be talking about what it’s like to have 30 intramuscular injections in the face. That’s right, I’ll be talking about the joys of getting Botox as a migraine preventative.