We talk about self-care a lot, taking time out to look after ourselves and our health. But how often do we really do it? What does it take to make us stop and see the big picture? The one in which we see are future and how not taking time out for self-care, has taken a horrible toll on our bodies.
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I know, it doesn’t get as bad as all that. But then again, it could! Migraine is a Genetic Neurological Disease, that affects our brains in so many different ways. And which organ do we rely on to keep our bodies going? The brain! So to take a cavalier attitude, when it comes to our health, when living with migraine is not wise at all. The same time I was in the hospital, so were two of my migraine sister’s. One with hemiplegic migraine and the other with intractable migraine, each one fighting bravely determined to conquer migraine, so they too could live life out loud. 

““If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud.”
― Émile Zola 

We shouldn’t live life with migraine, as if we were wrapped in up in bubble wrap either. There does come times when, by its nature migraine kicks us in the teeth and flattens us. I’ve been going through such a time and by golly I haven’t liked it one little bit. I just got home today, after spending nine days in hospital, trying our best to tame an intractable migraine. I have good news and bad news. Good news; I went into the hospital with a pain level of 9. Bad news; I came out of the hospital with a new base line pain level of 4, instead of 2. I have to admit, this was tough for me to swallow, very tough. Yes I cried, something I never do, but thanks to a lovely, spunky nurse, who offered me a hug, I felt much better! Despair cannot creep in, HOPE and despair will not live together.

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After three weeks of less than desirable sleep, nine days of two to three hours at the most, while I was in the hospital. I feel like the walking dead, actually I’m surprised that this blog is coming together. I’m so glad it is, because this is really important to me. I am going to practice what I am preaching, self-care. For the next two days, I am going to rest, sleep(OH please God let me sleep), relax, meditate, read, anything that doesn’t involve going online for anything! No email, no texting, no Instagram, no Facebook, and no Twitter! By then I should feel human again, my heart will be ready for sunshine and flowers. Living life to its fullest with migraine as I can! 

“Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.”
― William Arthur Ward


Live with hope,
Roni