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A Lazy Saturday at Home

The only activity that happened all day was Gideon’s swim lesson.  We had a really good talk about listening to Mr. Marty and watching and listening.  He did really great today…so proud and so excited to watch him progress!

All three boys took turns playing a new computer game called: Slime Rancher.  They all enjoyed it, but since Josiah had watched 28 YouTube videos he knew the most about it.  Even Gideon caught on with Josiah’s guidance quite quickly.

We watched all three movies: Inside Out, Pixels and most of Jurassic World  Thanks to Redbox we got the third movie for $1.00 and then I signed up for the email so my next movie rental is free!

I spent the day blogging.  I hit my 100th blog post today and have posted from January through April 30th.  Starting on May next and I want to make sure I don’t forget to post the current days so I don’t have to go back and try to remember what happened or rely on my headache journal or FB.  I can kill two birds with one stone  with posting my update on my blog and being able to share it on FB!

Love, love, love this picture of Dan and Gideon!  We were all on our electronics and watching movies for almost the entire day.  But I especially love that Gideon is wearing his party shirt and his under wear 🙂  After our Anniversary celebration last night, he decided he was going to have a birthday party for himself and that I was to call Douglas, Chase, Lakelan and Alyssa.  I asked for their phone numbers which then turned into him learning my phone number for emergencies…but no party!  I don’t think he understood in the end still why we couldn’t just invite them over today.  Oh well!  We have a plan to get some parents to give us a call to have a play date 🙂

I am so glad that I took the migraine cocktail yesterday, both so I could have a good anniversary evening, but it also stopped the cycle of the migraine, so that I could enjoy my Saturday at home with my family.  And even though I stayed up until 4:30 am last night I was up by 9:00 am today and never took a nap…the true sign of a good day.   It was only in the last hour or so that my eyes started to be strained and I felt some tension taking hold at my temples, but then I remembered the alarm going off for my 3:00 pm for my scheduled muscle relaxer, turning it off and never getting up to take the med.  So I just took the Robaxon and did a little Ethyl Chloride spray just so I can finish up this post 🙂  Priorities!!!

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My Migraine Cave is Complete

My Migraine Cave

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The idea behind the migraine cave did not come from me. In fact I used this blog post:  Migraine Cave. Her list was very complete and it made sense to me so I went with it!!!!

1. Room-darkening thermal drapes block out light even on the brightest days.  Check!

So far so good. But the real test will be during my next migraine. 

2. Dimmers on your lights help you gradually adjust to light as you begin to recover.  Check!

I just use a small and dim light 15watt

3. A wide variety of pillows help to prop you up when you are tired of lying flat but not ready to sit up on your own yet. Check!

I have lots of pillows. In fact I got two new body pillows for Christmas. 

4. A small refrigerator with freezer can store ice packs, water bottles, healthy snacks, and medications that require refrigeration. Check!

 I bought the mini fridge on a virtual sale on FB for $30. Very excited that it fit so perfectly under the table. The Fridge is stocked with water, Ensure and cheese sticks for now.  

5. A small microwave allows you to warm hot packs quickly, heat water for ginger or peppermint tea, etc. Check!

 I got the microwave on a virtual sale for $15 and the table for $9 at Goodwill 

6. Fill the top drawer of your nightstand with abortive and rescue medicines so you can find them quickly in the middle of the night. Check!

 Flashlights, abortive a, TV controllers and iPad with headphones 

7. Keep non-perishable, easy to digest snacks in your nightstand, too. Check!!

 Crackers, ramen noodle cups, meat sticks, sour candy and a new minion Tervis mug that fits in the microwave 

Sweet snacks: Hershey Kisses and Gheradeli chocolates and the oh so important Oyster crackers in the Tupperware container. 

Popcorn, pop tarts, lunch on the run chicken and tuna salad

I also have some perishable stuff like fruit 🙂

8. Sunglasses or FL-41 tinted glasses can be stored nearby, too.  Wearing them now!

 Just got my new Theraspecs and so far they seem to really be helping.  But I think I need to bedazzle them. They are not cute!! 

9. Ear plugs or noise-cancelling headphones help to block out those loud noises that make the pain worse.  Check!!

 I have worn ear plugs every night for bed since shortly after I got married. Someone snores!!  I always have ear plugs nearby; by my bed, by the couch, in my purse, and in the car.  

10. Fill a basket or box with comfort items and keep it near your bed.  Check!

Rice bags, head scratcher, ear plugs, my monkey, eye mask and neck rest

11. Keep a small flashlight nearby to help you find what you need in the dark. Check!

I have Flashlights, abortive a, TV controllers and iPad with headphones in the drawer in my end table. 
12. A TV tray or lap desk is nice when you get hungry but are too weak to sit at the kitchen table. Check!

 It hides right under the table. Almost a perfect fit!! 

13. A power strip is handy to keep your cell phone charged in case you need to call for help.  Check!

Gotta have all my electronics plugged in!! 

14. A fan can be helpful if you tend to get overheated during an attack. Check!

 I’ve had a fan running in my bedroom since I was in college. 

Oh and one cannot forget back up supplies!! 

Still gathering a few things but for the most part my Migraine cave is ready.  I just need a sign which I am hoping to get back from the USGS today. And the sign is perfect!!  The cave is complete 🙂

 

All this means that I will feel a little more prepared for the next migraine when it comes and that brings me great comfort.