Migraine Awareness Month #11: “Say What?!”
“What’s the most ridiculous thing ever said to you about Migraines – who said it and under what circumstances?”
Here they are (dumb!! questions), in all their GLORY:
- “Oh, do you have a headache today?” (Question asked by the neurologist as he walked into my darkened exam room, looking up at the turned-off flourescents as he commented.)
- “If you already have a headache almost every day, why don’t you just eat whatever you want in any amount- you’re going to get a headache anyway…right? I know I would! I’d eat anything, in ANY amount!“ (Asked by co worker after discussing my food triggers and escalating headaches with her. She raised her eyebrows and smirked as she looked at another fellow employee as she talked about ‘eating anything in ANY amount’.)
- “How can MIILKKKKK give you a headache????” (After explaining – trying – to a fellow employee that dairy triggers my Migraines.)
And now, the TOPPER to TOP them ALLLLL…
- “You can take as much or as little of the Lamictal as you feel you need to.” (While on the phone with “Headache Specialist’s” nursing assistant when I told her I wasn’t getting any better at the dose I was taking and didn’t know whether to “ramp up” the dose or stop taking the medicine. She would not let me speak to the doctor or relay the message to him. I was later dropped as a patient.) ****** Note: This “headache specialist” was definitely NOT one of the 290 in this country…
My “take” on all this:
I know that “someday” I’ll look back on these pitiful questions/comments with more forgiveness and more understanding that I have now. I can laugh a little, but I think it’s more of a sarcastic snicker than a true, “gut-buster”. Humor is not really part of the equation in this case.
I do try to forgive the people who truly just don’t understand. I was one of “them” before my Migraine Disease got so out-of-control, so I do owe them that. It’s never anyone’s fault if they’ve never been taught or shown just what this (or any other invisible disease) does and can do to us.
So for now, I’ll transform my frustration and hurt with these ridiculous questions to the power I know I’m capable of: getting the truth out. Migraine has primed me for this – and I’m ready to go…
“National Migraine Awareness Month is initiated by the National Headache Foundation. The Blogger’s Challenge is initiated by www.FightingHeadacheDisorders.com “