“Raindrops on roses
And whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things”
Besides being one of my favorite movies, “The Sound of Music” brought the world this delightful song, “A Few of My Favorite Things”! Today I want to talk about, a few of my favorite things, that bring me comfort during a migraine attack or a long migraine cycle, better know as status migraine. Which would describe my migraine experience the best.
- “The Cave” also known as our bedroom, as we do not have another room to allocate for this purpose. I have it decorated in colors and pictures of things that I love, mostly flowers and in soothing colors. I have black out curtains for both windows and on one window that gets the most sunlight, I have added black out shades under the curtains. They are very inexpensive, made of paper that you cut to size, with peel away adhesive to attach to your window. My cave must be cool, summer and winter. I use a fan year round to help drowned out noise and to stay cool. This was a habit that I got into working nights during summer vacation, while in high school. I had two younger brothers who were as ornery as the day was long. Do you think they were going to be quiet so I could sleep? Ha! We have bought enough fans over the years to own a fan company. Lighting is important too, I stay extremely photophobic whether I am having a migraine attack or not. With that in mind, I purchased bedside lamps with night lights in the bases along with regular bulbs. For me the light from the night-light is enough to see by, but there are times when even that light is too much. My cave is a comfortable place to weather the storm!
- The Migraine Hat is a fairly new addition to my favorite things. I love how it covers the whole head, getting all those places that seem to hurt in the midst of a migraine attack. Even though the pain is localize on one side of the head or the other. I have found that letting it sit out just a bit before putting it on, softens those really hard ice pack squares. After I’ve used it on my head awhile, I move it to my neck, neck pain is always part of my migraine attacks. The Migraine Hat is especially useful after getting my Botox injections.
- My Kindle Fire is something I couldn’t live without, when going through a status migraine! I am an avid reader and have been since elementary school. Being unable to read would be the same, as being unable to breathe! Yes, there have been times when the pain level has been too high for me to read. Otherwise it is a great distraction technique. There are a couple of the features that I use with the Kindle Fire, to make it easier on my eyes. Lowering the light level, changing the background color from white to another color of your choice and using the blue shade, even during the day.
- Netflix & Amazon Prime: Now this one is an on and off one for me, sometimes I’m just not in the mood to watch anything and would rather just read. Other times when they have a new season of a show a really like, then I will watch it. When I watch Netflix or Amazon Prime, I do so on my laptop, with ear buds so I control the sound and the brightness of the screen. Two things that are bothersome when dealing with a status migraine or a migraine attack. But like reading, it can be a great distraction technique.
- A Sleep mask is something that I have found to be very beneficial, whether I’m lying down during the day or at night. It has to be soft, the adjustable straps must be flat, and the adjuster must not be near the ear. These things I discovered by trial and error, you want a flat strap, because the round stretchy ones are very uncomfortable, the adjusters are made of metal, so if they are near the ear, when you sleep on your side at night, they cause pain. We don’t what that!!
- AxonOptics and Bose Bluetooth Ear buds: When I want to watch something on TV while I’m in my cave, I use my Bose Bluetooth Ear buds, so I can control the sound. When the brightness is too much I will wear my AxonOptics, they work beautifully cutting the glare. I also take them with me when I get my hair done, to the doctor’s office, or anywhere I know that I will be battling overhead lighting.
- My newest favorite thing is an M-Wand Intelligent Massage Wand made by Fiitop Therapeutic Massage Health System, purchased from Amazon. It is rechargeable, fits easily in your hand, not big and bulky like some of the other massage systems that I saw. Most of all I can reach the places in my shoulder-blade areas that are very painful, due to fibromyalgia. As well as my neck and across the tops of my shoulders. This pain ties in with my migraines. I get some much-needed relief, with its different settings. I’m still in the learning stage with this one, but so far I am loving it!
- Last on my list of favorite things is, herbal teas. I keep Twining Peppermint Tea in K-cups for my Keurig on hand at all times. I find it very helpful for nausea and I use Raw Organic Honey in my tea. Aspartame is a trigger for me and I don’t care for the taste of artificial sweeteners, so I avoid using them at all. I also have Chamomile, very soothing, Chai, and my newest addition Lemon Zinger. As the name says it has a way of waking up your senses.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about my favorite things, that bring me comfort during a migraine attack or a status migraine. I’d loved to read some of your favorite things, please reply below to tell me about them!
“When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad” Songwriters: Oscar Hammerstein, Richard Rodgers
Live with hope,