I like storms.
If they weren’t such a trigger, my favorite would be those powerful Kansas spring thunderstorms with lightning, strong wind, and torrential rain. It’s even better if you throw in tornado warnings with a sickly green sky.
They’re so destructive; they’re beautiful.
Granted, I’d never want to be out in that kind of weather. That stuff can get you killed!
Before the storm, the air is so thick it’s hard to breath and the smell of rain lingers for hours. Rain-heavy, dark skies rumble in the distance. Look long enough and you can watch the storm clouds inch across the horizon. My brain matches nature’s anticipation, building to the inevitable crescendo.
There’s something about listening to sheets of heavy rain pouring down late at night. It reminds me of what’s usually going on in my brain at the same time. Sometimes when the storm triggers an attack I can use guided imagery and meditation, letting my head move with the sounds of the storm. It’s uncanny how in tune my body is with the storm. Sometimes I wonder what I might discover if I were able to tolerate an untreated, storm-induced attack.
Alas, I don’t have the stoic nerves for that.
I prefer to dance with my oxygen tank to beat of the thunder.
That’s realistic enough for me.
When the storm passes in the early hours of morning, I can hear birds chirping as they play in the leftover water puddles. Everything smells fresh and new, as if the storm washed away all the unnecessary baggage in my brain and the rest of the world, too.
If the natural world can survive and rebuild from such a storm, so can I.
So come on, Migraine and Cluster headache, I dare you to do your worst. I can take it. Like that that big oak tree in my back yard, I may lose a few branches, but I’ll still be standing when you’ve run out of steam.
That means I get to tell the story.
I promise to make it a good one.
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