What small thing gives you hope for living with Headaches and Migraines?
It’s the little things that make life worth living.
Like a lot of families, our home is multi-generational. It has its pros and cons, but that doesn’t really matter. You do what you must for family…at least that’s a value I was taught.
One of the best advantages about a multi-generational household is getting to see grandkids every day. With so many people living far from their extended family, it is blessing to have ours so close. Every morning I am greeted by the smiling face of my one year-old granddaughter. It doesn’t matter if I am feeling sick or well. Baby Girl wrinkles her nose and a toothy smile spreads across her face. Those big blue eyes sparkle with excitement every time she sees me. Her arms open wide as she runs to me saying one of the few words she knows, “Hi!” It comes out sweet and almost like a song, “Haaaaayyy…”
This pint-sized morning greeting is irresistible. Regardless of how I feel, her enthusiasm for the day is contagious. I can’t help but match her joy in response. There really is nothing quite like cuddling with your grandbaby to release those pain-blocking endorphins. It would take an awful lot of pain to keep me from her. And yes, I have had those times. When it happens, all I can think about is how to stop the pain and get back to playing with her.
Baby-friendly cluster headaches
While I haven’t had a cluster attack in a while, one of the last ones happened when I was alone with her. To my surprise (and relief!) she enjoyed watching me pace across the room with my O2 tank and mask. The more I paced, the more she was entertained. As a distraction, I let her play with the plastic key and flashlight I keep hooked to the carrier. It was challenging to face down a cluster attack while trying not to frighten her. Thankfully the worst ones happened while she was sleeping!
I quickly learned how to secure ice packs to my head with a scarf in order to keep my hands free during migraine attacks. Rocking her to sleep is one of my favorite hobbies. When it’s nap time, I turn off the lights and set Pandora on the Baby Lullaby station. Wrapped in a fluffy, soft blanket, she lays her head on my shoulder. The steady rhythm of rocking soothes my aching head.
She’s bigger now and always on the go. It’s a challenge to keep up with her most days. She gets into everything! All of my hard work baby-proofing hasn’t done much good. She’s found ways to get around most of it. Someone has to be on “baby guard duty” at all times. Even though it’s hard on the adults, I really hope she always has this much curiosity and drive. While some would label her “stubborn” or “strong-willed”, I tell her that she’s “determined, resourceful, and has great leadership qualities”.
Can you tell that I’m obsessed?
I still have rough days when her resourcefulness is more than I can handle. Thankfully, that’s where her parents come in. Yet regardless of how I’m feeling, my little cherub always has a smile for her grandma. That little smile has the power to knock several points off my pain level. It’s not much, and there are no clinical studies to back me up, but I swear there are painkillers in her smile.
Is there something small that helps you stay hopeful
in spite of migraine or other headache disorders?
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