I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about comfort lately. There is the kind of comfort you give a friend when they have lost a loved one. There is comfort we try to pass along to our fellow migraineurs, when they are going through a rough time. Then there’s the comfort we try very hard to give ourselves, when we are fighting the beast called migraine, in a particularly hard battle. These are the battles that we tend to feel the most alone in. 

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Much like a caterpillar, inside its protective cocoon, the environment is just right, to keep the caterpillar, safe and comfortable until it’s time, for it to emerge as a beautiful butterfly! Sometimes we are well aware, that we need some down time, a little time spent inside the cocoon. So we can rest, relax and rejuvenate ourselves. We are of no good to anyone, if we become burned out and ill, from pushing too hard and too far.

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This hound and cat have truly learned the art of relaxation and comfort, and if you own either one, or even both. You know how much comfort they can bring, to your everyday life with migraine. They show you unconditional love, and always seem to know just when we need to them. When we are hurting the worst and need the comfort, their warm little bodies and presence can bring us. The help us keep hope alive in our lives!

 

I have other comfort measure that I lean on, during a bad spell. Now yesterday was a very bad day, a level 10 migraine. With pain that high, I am unable to use my distraction techniques. But I can use some of my comfort measures, my Migraine Hat, the bag filled with flaxseed and lavender, heated in the microwave, this I place on my neck and feels heavenly. PowerAde Drink with potassium, calcium, magnesium, Vits B3, 6 and 12, to keep me hydrated when I’m too nauseous to eat and of course my peppermint tea. 

My distraction techniques include, reading on my Kindle Fire, I love that it has the option to change the screen from regular paper white, to other colors that are easier on yours eyes, I use Sepia. Also I can always turn the blue shade on whenever I want and lower the light level. I have two games that I play, on my Kindle and they are really just mindless fun, something to do to keep my mind occupied, while still having fun. Kind of a brain work out! lol Blossom Blast Saga and my newest addition, that is so much fun Simon’s Cat, you may have seen the Simon Cat stickers on Facebook. I really get a kick out of it, because of the facial expression and body language of the cats.

I usually watch quite a bit of Netflix, but haven’t done as much of that, even with the light turned down, it has still bothered my eyes and the ear buds my ears.  I’ve done a lot more reading, and I’m 1 book away from meeting my Goodreads, reading challenge of 60 books in 2017. 

I wouldn’t call writing my blog a distraction, it’s so much more than that! It comes from my heart and I hope that it is an inspiration to others living with migraine. To know they are never alone and there is always HOPE!

“A library is a good place to go when you feel unhappy, for there, in a book, you may find encouragement and comfort. A library is a good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided, for there, in a book, you may have your question answered. Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people – people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book.”  ― E.B. White

Live with hope,
Roni