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10/11 - 14/11 I'm not taking my health for granted any longer
Yesterday a migraine began and this morning I woke up with total body weakness. My arms and legs going between being numb / tingling and really severe pins and needles. When I first woke up this morning I was so dizzy that I could hardly stand up and could barely hold my own weight up on my legs.
I wouldn't have made the drive into work, and even if I asked my Dad to take me in - I wouldn't have been able to get up the stairs to go into work. I'm thankful that everyone at work was very understanding and that nobody made a big deal of it.
Whilst I am fit and keep myself healthy, and am on a November health mission, I'm also never too blind to notice when life is trying to tell me something. My lesson for today is that I need to make sure I don't take my health for granted, it's not a given, it's something that can be gone in a flash. There are so many illnesses in the world and this feeling of being so weak is horribly scary for me. It is not normal for me. I have not had such lack of coordination and ability to move in my life before. Myself (and my Doctor) are convinced it is from the migraine. I've had other severe attacks like this but they were long ago.
I've also got an order arriving of fresh fruits on Monday morning. I need to do a total detox and also try to cut down on my caffeine intake. I'm normally not a pleasant person without my coffee, but maybe a few less cups will be ok 🤣
It's a small garden but even just walking those few steps was a mission. I'm nearly falling asleep again. Here are some of the pics of my strawberry flowers and some of the seeds for our nursery that are already sprouting.
I wrote the above yesterday, I can't believe that was all I managed to put down. Typing at the laptop was physically painful and my head was spinning around so much that I thought I was going to fall off the chair.
I had my coffee this morning, and instead of having a second cup, I'm having some tea. I'm still very tired and weak. I'm so thankful I'm not feeling dizzy right now. I spent the whole of yesterday feeling like I was going to fall over if I was standing, and that I was going to roll off the bed if I was lying down.
I was 14 when I experienced my first migraine, I was sitting in the lounge studying for a test while Mom and Dad were watching TV. I couldn't see the books in front of me anymore and remember being really annoyed because I didn't want to fail my physics test. My vision came back and then I ended up with (what felt like) a chopper in my head.
I was 19 when I experienced my next one. It was so bad it woke me up and my head felt like it was going to explode and I was horribly nauseous. I ended up throwing up and collapsing shortly afterwards. Part of me was scared I was having a stroke. The headache lasted 2 weeks, and after exhausting all options at the pharmacy and doctors for pain medication and getting myself "right" again, I went to a Reiki Healer. I sat down with him and just told him:
I've got the worst migraine and I don't know what to do but I can't carry on.
He put his hands above my head and I heard him taking deep breaths, he tapped on my head exactly where the worst pain of the headache was and said:
We can fix this.
After an hour or so, I had begun to feel massive relief. I went home and slept for nearly two days. Woke up and was back to "normal".
I had another when I was 20, it only sticks out for me because I lost vision while driving. It didn't deteriorate into the massive thumping, it was just purely scary because I was terrified I was going to have an accident.
I've had other headaches on and off, and some migraines in between from 20 to 32 years old, but this last one takes the cake for the worst possible experience I've ever had. I was physically unable to go to work, I still don't think I would make it up the stairs if I had to go into work today. I am just very thankful that it's Sunday and that I've got all day and another night to recover before work tomorrow.
After you recover from phase three, the headache phase, you might experience the fourth and final phase of a migraine: postdrome. This phase is sometimes known as a “migraine hangover” as symptoms tend to resemble those felt after a long night of heavy drinking.
For some people, the transition from the headache phase into postdrome isn’t always obvious. Key signs you’re experiencing a migraine hangover are when symptoms shift beyond head pain to things like neck or shoulder stiffness, scalp tenderness, brain fog, or dizziness.
Symptoms of postdrome typically resolve within a day or 2. Though for some, a migraine hangover can be as debilitating as the headache phase of a migraine.
Yesterday morning I couldn't pick up my coffee with my right arm, I had to use my left hand to steady it. I couldn't move my medical books, my grip had completely gone in my hand. I couldn't even get the screw lid of the cooldrink bottle open and had to ask my Dad for help.
In hemiplegic migraine, the weakness is always associated to at least one other aura symptom. Vision is usually affected temporarily, and symptoms can include a sudden appearance of a bright light in the center of the field of vision causing blind spots (scintillating scotoma), double vision, flashing lights (photopsia), and bright, shimmering, jagged lines (fortification spectra). Visual symptoms can also include a foggy vision, or a loss of vision of one half of the visual field. Additional symptoms include numbness or a prickly sensation of the face or arms and legs (paresthesia), fever, imbalance, drowsiness or lethargy, and an inability to understand or express speech (aphasia). The specific aura symptoms that develop during a migraine attack can vary from one attack to another. Some individuals with hemiplegic migraine may also have attacks with a so-called typical aura, including visual, sensory and speech troubles but no weakness.
Now that may sound selfish, and that's okay. Because you know what? If I don't put my own health first, I'm not going to be around to look after my Mom and Dad, my furbabies, my Fiancé, I'm just not going to be around.
I'm going to smell the roses more, get less stressed over small things, and focus on the big things.
Yesterday was a total disaster - yet at the same time I'm very thankful that this has happened. It's given me the wake-up-call I needed to reduce the sources of stress in my life and to focus on the moment I'm living in. Today. Right now. 🌺
Above and lead image source: My photo of the sunrise this morning.