Miss Ali - A Migraine Patient's 30 Days of Gratitude
With the frequency of my Migraines having decreased to the point where I'm technically not in the chronic Migraine category these days, life is definitely easier. Still, there are some weeks when I have too many Migraines to be able to use my abortive triptan or any pain medications for all of them, or I run the risk of developing medication overuse headache.
These are the days when comfort measures are especially important and valuable. These are the days when the only safe option is to take something for nausea, if it's needed, and hope to fall asleep.
These are also days when our little gray and white Ali tends to stay even closer to me. Animals can be incredibly empathetic, and Ali is definitely no exception. She always wants to lie on our bed when I do, but on those Migraine days, she acts differently. She's usually hitting her head against me, wanting to be petted, but she doesn't do that when I'm down with a Migraine. On those days, she lies pressed as closely against me as she can get, and she doesn't move around much. She does sometimes get up next to my face and lick my nose or just put her little head next to mine, something she doesn't do any other time. This is Ali. When this photo was snapped, she was enthusiastically enjoying John (my husband) brushing her. I looked up from my book, and she was looking at me and purring away while he was brushing her.
For day #3 in our 30 Days of Gratitude, I'm reminded of many things for which I am thankful, and I choose to share this photo of Ali's sweet little face with you. Of course, I can't fail to also mention Peaches, our little calico beauty, as well. She's often on the floor near our bed when I'm lying down with a Migraine, but she and Ali don't always share well, so she seldom gets up on the bed. Despite health issues, I am blessed, and I am thankful. Ellen and I will continue sharing our gratitude daily throughout November.
Ellen and I both find that a gratitude journal helps us maintain our emotional equilibrium when it seems that everything in our lives is conspiring to bring us down. We also find that it helps to share with each other. That's one reason we want to share with you, our Migraine and headache family.
Would you like to join us? It's easy to keep a gratitude journal, and you're always welcome to share any of it here in our community. Journals can be handwritten or kept on your computer. To share here, you can create a SharePost of your own, or you can post comments to our posts.
For a listing of all of our 30 Days of Gratitude posts, see A Migraine Patient's 30 Days of Gratitude - Introduction.
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© Teri Robert, 2013
Last updated November 4, 2013.