One of the big dilemmas for migraine sufferers is to make plans or to not make plans. You make plans and then feel guilty when you need to cancel them (although you shouldn’t feel guilty) or you don’t make plans and you have nothing to look forward too. It is easy to get frustrated by both scenarios and to feel like you are missing out on things…because you are. Try not to get stuck in the “not making plans” mode though. This month try to make plans with someone who is already familiar with your migraines. Explain to them that you want to make plans so you have something to look forward, but if the plans don’t work out that you will need to reschedule..AND DON’T BE SORRY! Whether you are able to go or not is out of your control. If the day comes and you feel good to go, that is amazing! The day will be awesome and your spirits will be lifted. If you have to reschedule, so what? That person loves you and you were upfront with them when you made the plans.
Recently, I have been trying to make more plans. Sitting in a dark room listening to my favorite podcast (My Favorite Murder) with a low amount of stimuli sounds really nice, but I can’t always do that. I need to get out and experience all the beauty in the world. Yes, it may trigger a migraine, but I think being out will help my mental health and will make my soul happy. If I do feeling my headache ramping up I will just go home.
On Saturday I made a plans to take myself on a mural tour of Portland. I mapped it all out the day before. On Friday night I started to get a migraine (it got a little better when I took medicine). I woke up Saturday morning feeling icky, but I just had my normal day to day head pain. I didn’t want to go. I wanted to stay inside and lay down, but I didn’t. I went!* And I got to see a lot of cool art and eat at my favorite breakfast place! Below are some photos of my Saturday adventure.
*You know your own body. I went because I recognized a lot of what was stopping me was my anxiety. If I would have felt more pain coming on I wouldn’t have gone. I would have rested. Don’t push yourself too hard.
Artist – Michael Salter (407 SE Pine St. Portland, OR)
Artist – Zach Yarrington (2121 Southeast 6th Avenue, Portland, OR)
Artist – Hannah Nissen (NE 37th and Broadway in Portland, Oregon)
Artist – Reasonably Extreme (2841 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR)
Artist – unknown (unknown, I forgot where I was when I took this)
Artist – Rather Severe (2839 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR)
Artist – Skye Walker (1208 SE Ankeny St. Portland, OR)
Artist – Rather Severe (3602 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97232)
Artist – James Jean (Fair-Haired Dumbbell)
Artist – Alexander Barrett (2329 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR)
Artist – Alex Chiu (2766 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR)
Artist – Brokenfingaz (1825 SE Belmont, Portland, OR)
Artist – Girlmobb, SaraEillenDraws, and Filthcakes (12th & SE Oak)
Artist – unknown (2329 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR)