With Mother’s Day just around the corner, many of us are planning gifts and celebrations for moms with Migraine disease. With some planning and substitutions, moms with Migraine can celebrate fairly traditionally.
Here are some suggestions about Mother’s Day gifts:
Flowers: Flowers are one of the most popular gifts for Mother’s Day. Flowers are a good present, even for moms with Migraine. Fragrances and odors can be a strong Migraine trigger, so choose flowers that don’t have a scent or a green plant. Some gorgeous flowers that don’t have any scent are tulips, anemones, poppies, and calla lilies.
Candy: A box of chocolates is a fallback gift for many, but chocolate is a Migraine trigger for some people. That still leaves many other sweet treats that can be given as gifts.
Perfume, lotion, candles, potpourri, and other fragranced products: Don’t do it. As I said regarding flowers, scents of any kind can be a strong Migraine trigger for many of us. Unless you’re certain that scents and odors are not a trigger for your gift recipient, it’s best to avoid them altogether.
Here are some suggestions for Mother’s Day activities:
Breakfast in bed: Breakfast in bed at home is a great idea that you can manage well as long as you know your Migraine mom’s food triggers and avoid them.
Church: Quite a few people find Mother’s Day to be a special day to share at church. If your Migraine mom is sensitive to scents, either skip the corsage or get one made with flowers that have no scent. If scents and warm temperatures in church are problematic, consider sitting at the end of an aisle near a window or sitting in the back. If attending church is a big problem because of a combination of triggers, please remember that you can share quiet time at home with whatever prayers suit you.
Dining out: Taking a Migraine mom out to lunch or dinner can be tricky. If she has many food triggers that can be one issue. Noise and scents can be issues as well. If any of these triggers are an issue for the Migraine mom with whom you’re celebrating, find out if she has a favorite restaurant where she can go “safely.” Trying a new restaurant probably isn’t wise if any of these triggers are an issue for her.
Dining at home: This is often a better option than dining out. At home, you can control the environment and the food. If you want candles, you can choose unscented candles. You can also have a center piece of flowers with no scent.
Movie night: Again, this might be better at home, away from some of the triggers that are so common in movie theaters — loud sounds, fragrances, warm temperatures. With some special planning, watching a movie or two at home can be a great celebration.
We all want to show our appreciation for the Migraine moms in our lives. It can be frustrating to try to plan celebrations within the limitations that Migraine disease often places on us, but it may not be as difficult as you think. Hopefully, the suggestions above will give you some ideas.
As a mom and granny with Migraine, please let me assure you that the fact that you want to celebrate with us is priceless. Everything else is whipped cream on top. To all the moms who read this, happy Mother’s Day!
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Reviewed by David Watson, MD.
© Teri Robert, 2017.
Teri Robert is a leading patient educator and advocate and author of Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches. A co-founder of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy and the American Headache and Migraine Association, she received the National Headache Foundation’s Patient Partners Award and a Distinguished Service Award from the American Headache society. Teri can be found on her web site and blog, Migraine.ninja, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+.
Author of “Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches”