I am lucky. Really lucky. I met the boy I was going to marry when I was 15 and we've been together ever since. We have a beautiful and healthy little girl together. She has all four grandparents who skype with her every Sunday. We have five gorgeous nieces and nephews, and two on the way (one due TODAY!). I know how lucky I am. But, if I could be selfish and picky and change just one thing, I would cure myself of migraines. They are awful. And make caring for my little family very difficult.
And no. They are not bad headaches.
The kind of migraines I have been getting since I was 9 are the kind that knock me off my feet for a day or two at a time. It starts with an aura (if you want to see what I see, this video is really similar, but warning, if you have sensitivities, its bloody awful!) and so then I have 10% vision for an hour or so. Next is the tingling sensation/numbness, which starts in one finger and spreads to one entire side of my upper body. I lose feeling in an arm, one eye, one side of my nose and even half of my mouth and lips go numb. I used to whack my arm on a brick wall just to stimulate feeling in it again, but, the bruises were hardly worth it! I often get nausea a little then too. And THEN comes the headache. They're the type that means if you move your head away from the "level" position, the giant brick inside your head will slip forward and damage your skull.
Perception vs Reality, has never been my forte.
I wanted to write about migraines. I don't know why though.
Maybe someone reading will have a magical cure that I haven't tried and I can get rid of them once and for all.
Maybe there are other mama's out there breastfeeding and unable to medicate against them that wants to wallow in self pity with me for a moment.
Or maybe I just wanted someone to whimper to for a little, because my 10 month old can cry louder and for longer and sometimes I need to be heard too!!
I am drinking gallons of this Migraine Cocktail in the hopes that it will help me out, because getting 2-3 migraines a week is just getting really hard to handle. The ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory, which should help constrict the blood vessels around the brain. Blueberries are number one in the world of antioxidants and help neutralise free-radicals. Fresh basil reduces tension and fatigue. Heck, it's worth a try right?!
Mix fresh ginger root (minced), muddled fresh basil leaves, fresh blueberries and hot water together. Leave to steep for half an hour and sip throughout the day.
And when all else fails, even in the worst of it, a little cuddle from this sweet little girl always, always make me feel better. I know I have so much to be thankful for, but thanks for letting me have a little bit of a whinge too!