Harvin's Migraines - Suit Up, Everyone!

Teri Robert @trobert Health Guide
  • Is it possible that you haven't heard anything about Vikings player Percy Harvin's Migraines? It's really hard to miss all of the press his Migraine problems have been receiving.

    To be honest, I have to admit that I'm more than tired of it now. Yes, I know, I should be sympathetic and supportive, and I am, but I'm also irritated.

    It's great that everyone is being so very supportive of Harvin. It's great that Vikings personnel are working with him and trying to get him help. Truly. Still, it's now to the point that when I look at the news folder in my email program and see headlines such as Percy Harvin missing practice time due to Migraines again, or Migraines jeopardize Harvin's status for NFCC, it's ticking me off.

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    Here's what I want to know... Where are these headlines?

    • Secretary loses job over Migraines during work hours
    • Teacher sidelined for too many Migraines
    • Homemaker missing caring for her children due to Migraines again
    • Migraines jeopardize lawyer's career future

    Where are those headlines? Think about the people mentioned in those imaginary headlines. Are their employers helping them get the best medical care money can buy? Do their employers value them enough to help them find doctors who can help them? In most cases, the answers to my questions would be a resounding, "No!"

    Hmmmmmmmmmmm. OK. Let's think about this. Maybe... maybe... maybe we all need to suit and and become professional football players. Maybe then people would stop expecting us to "take a pill and get over it," thinking that ANY doctor could help us if we really wanted help, and all those other dismissive things that are said to or thought about Migraine and headache sufferers.

    It's not that unusual for a celebrity with Migraines to be in the news if they get ill while working or in public, but NOBODY catches the attention of the American public like an athlete. It's sad. It's really time for us as a nation to grow up, get a clue, and start treating each other with respect and taking better care of each other.

    OK, end of rant. Still, I meant every doggone word of it.

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    Last updated January 23, 2010
Published On: January 23, 2010