Sunday, June 2, 2013

X-Men: Migraine and Headache Disorders Super Heroes

Blogging Challenge Prompt 2:  X-Men:  Migraine and Headache Disorder Super Heroes: Who in your life goes above the call of duty and how?

Wow.  This is going to be a hard prompt to write about.  Not because it's hard to think of someone, but because it's hard to narrow it down.  As unlucky as I feel to have migraines as severely as I do, I am maybe the luckiest, most blessed girl alive to have the people in my life that I do.  From family to friends to doctors, I am well taken care of, and so many of those mentioned are willing to go above and beyond the call of duty.

First, I have to mention my husband.  He didn't choose this life, yet he never complains.  When I am in our dark bedroom because I need darkness and stillness but yet I can't sleep, he will come in there to lay with me so I don't feel so alone.  How boring must that be for him?  When I cry and am scared, he holds me and I know he'd rather be doing something else.  His life is boring because his partner is out of commission over half the time, but he doesn't complain.  He just gets upset FOR me.  Never AT me.  He travels to my doctors appointments with me, he helps me decide what meds to take when my brain is to raddled with pain to make decisions for myself.  He always puts me first.  Again, he NEVER complains.  I don't know how he does it.  But he is a super hero to me.

Second, I have to mention my parents.  Without their love, support, and financial help, I couldn't pursue the treatments that I have been free to pursue over the years, treatments that I think are finally showing some results.  They step in to help when my husband is out of town and I need someone here, my Mom provides meals, my Dad drives me places when I can't drive myself--I'm still their little girl and they make sure I know it and feel it.  They'd do anything for me, and I can't tell them enough how much I appreciate it.

Finally, I have a doctor, Dr. D., who literally keeps me sane.  He's a psychologist, but he acts more like a primary care physician, talking to my other doctors when need be and keeping all the trains on schedule. I have carte blanche to call him when  I need to, which unfortunately for him is probably more than he intended when he told me that.  He is probably one of the most pragmatic, intelligent people I know, and he's willing to do whatever I need to ease my pain when I call, be it help me reason through medication options because I'm in too much pain to do it myself or simply provide some mindless distraction until my meds kick in and I can sleep.  I don't know how the man keeps up with his other patients, because he spends so much time on me lately.  He definitely goes above and beyond the call of duty and I am eternally grateful for  it.

This doesn't even mention my friends who have been willing to come sit with me when I have needed it, or have been willing to bring meals, or have let me call them and have distracted me from the pain.  I am a truly lucky girl in many ways.  Just really unlucky in one way.

June, Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, is dedicated to Unmasking the Mystery of Chronic Headache Disorders.  The Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge is issued by


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  2. Hi Julie,

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