How Chronic Migraines Changed How I Live and Parent

Recently, I got an article published on GrokNation’s site.   Please read all about it here!

http://groknation.com/parenting/living-chronic-migraine-pain-changed-live-parent/

Letdown Migraines from Stress, Weekends and Events

I too get Letdown Migraines! They seem unavoidable!!!! I try, but they find me!

My Migraine Life

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I get letdown migraines, have you heard of these?   I get migraines from the down slope of the week landing on the weekend and from stressful events.

During the week, I have a schedule.  I run things like clockwork in order to keep my children and me on track Monday through Friday.  Being on a schedule is huge for children and good for my migraines.  We know what to expect, are able to prepare and we all go with the flow.  But on the weekend, it’s a free-for-all.  Free-for-alls are sometimes fun but usually end in meltdowns and migraines in my house.

I am a  teacher and at some point during the  weekend spend time  in bed with a migraine.  I also get spikes during the week after school and in the evenings before bed.  These are letdown migraines from school and in preparation for the next day.  This happens to me most days.

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Does Flotation Therapy Help Migraines

I plan on testing this out this weekend!  I have had a migraine for 10 days and I’m willing to try anything!

Stop Your Children From Ordering From Amazon Through Alexa! (Prevent a Possible Future Migraine in the Meantime!)

So, we have had an Amazon Dot for nearly a year now.  I primarily use it to play music, ask it the weather and the news, very rarely do I order something from it.   My soon to be 5 year old daughter uses it to play Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer every month of the year.  She also asks her the weather and to asks her to tell her jokes.

Today she was watching Spookley the Square Pumpkin.  It’s a story about a square pumpkin that gets teased and taunted by the other pumpkins but in the end he’s the true winner! The pumpkins are competing for a Candy Corn Crown.   It’s a cute story the first or second time you watch it, but after about 15 times you tune it out and try to go to your parenting “Happy Place”!  LOL!

Today I was otherwise occupied in the bathroom, when I heard my daughter go to the Amazon Dot and say, Alexa, Candy Corn.   Alexa politely came back with, “Brach’s Candy Corn two count.  Would you like me to order this?”   My daughter said “Yes” and then next thing I hear Alexa say is, “Your order has been placed, you will receive your Candy Corn on Sunday”.

My first thought was, I gotta shut that off!  I unplugged the machine until I shut that function off.   I should have shut it off to begin with, but it was never an issue before and luckily this instance is only going to cost me a little over $6.99!

So, here’s how you shut that off!!!

Go into your Alexa App on your phone.   Look for the three lines in the left corner and click on them.  It will bring up this screen.  Scroll down and look for Settings and click on it.

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That will bring up this screen, scroll down and look for “Voice Purchasing”

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You will then see this screen below.  You can either shut off voice purchasing or make it so that you have a 4 digit code.  I’m just shutting it off, because I rarely use it and my daughter has an excellent memory and will remember that passcode faster than a grown up word she should not be saying!

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Blue on Purchase by voice shows it’s enabled.  click the button to gray it out and save changes.  If you want to require a 4 digit code, leave voice purchasing on, but enter a 4 digit code and then click save changes.

Then you are done.  No more Candy Corn, Barbie Dolls and or Doll Houses coming to your house!!!!

 

Which Side is Your Bad Side?

Most of the time I get migraines on the right side of my head.  I’m used to these and have a higher pain tolerance for these.  However, if I start to get one on the left side of my head (aka, the bad side or the wrong side) I know I’m in for trouble!!!!!   Which side is your bad side?

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June 21st is Shades for Migraines Day

Today is the longest day of the year, first day of summer and #ShadesforMigraines day.  Today where shades all day long to support Migraine Awareness!!!!

What Does Your Aura Look Like?

I don’t get aura’s before migraines most of the time, but when I do I know it’s going to be a bad one.  What do your aura’s look like?  Mine look like this:

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Enhanced Water?

Do you put anything extra or buy water with extra ingredients to help with your migraines.   They always tell us to drink plenty of water.  So I drink a ton of water and then always buy some that has electrolytes in it.  Lately I’ve been gagging down 20 drops of Trace Minerals added to my electrolyte water in the morning.  It has a slight metallic taste to it.  So I do it like a shot and then chase it with anything that tastes decent!  It could be that I’m just having a good week, but I’ve been pretty decent this week since starting this.  I got the Trace Minerals here.FullSizeRender (006)

Could You BE Louder?

I’m channeling my inner Chandler Bing here.   I know that since I’ve become a mom, my indoor voice and outdoor voice are way louder than they used to be.   However I know some people who are always just very loud.   Whether it’s due to hearing loss or the fact that they too are just mother’s trying to be heard!!!! I get it!!!  However, some days when I have a really bad migraine, I’d love to scream this! (but I can’t b/c it hurts too much!)

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That Moment When…..

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