Celebrating Holidays with Migraine
I love holidays.
All the decorating, cooking, and party planning are a fun distraction from the everyday grind.
Until very recently though, holidays were often a source of bitter disappointment. If there’s one thing that my body hates, it’s change. Having a migraine diagnosis means that my nervous system thrives on consistency and predictability. Any deviation from the normal routine will send my body into a neurological thunderstorm.
Holidays are designed to be a break from routine, a chance to shake things up and do something different. My brain doesn’t care that holiday change can be fun. It doesn’t understand that memories with loved ones are forged in shared holiday celebrations. Decorating the house in red, white, and blue is irrelevant. Don’t even get me started on what a buzzkill my brain can be when detonating small explosives in the back yard.
I want to spend the day outdoors with my loved ones.
I want to enjoy a thick, juicy burger hot off the grill washed down with a frozen strawberry margarita.
I want to watch my granddaughter squeal with delight at the sight of colorful explosions in the sky.
My brain often has other ideas. Here’s hoping that this year it decides to cooperate .
This article is part of the July 2016 Ultimate Blog Challenge