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Friday, June 22, 2012

Migraine Awareness Month #22: "The Game Changer."

Migraine Awareness Month #22:  "The Game Changer." Tell us about a time your plans changed due either an unexpected Migraine or an unexpected Migraine-free experience.

I've always prided myself on not changing plans due to a migraine. I always follow through on commitments even when I'd much rather be in bed in a dark room. There have been countless times that I've spent the frantic last few moments before an event brushing my teeth and applying make-up to make myself appear like I haven't just puked my guts up and feel like there's an ice pick in my eye socket and the devil is twisting my eyeball out. Usually I get by. Once, however, the migraine won.

It was in graduate school. I was in training for clinical psychology and was doing psychotherapy with a client. It wasn't unusual for me to have a migraine during a therapy session. This one was particularly horrendous, however. My head was throbbing, and I really felt like I was going to vomit. I tried to stay with the flow of the conversation, but all I could focus on was trying not to throw up. Then, in the middle of my client's session, the nausea overcame me. I jumped out of my chair, mumbled a quick "excuse me!" and ran out of the room to go to the ladies' room and puke. This was not good therapy protocol! When I returned, I had to explain that I wasn't feeling well and apologize. The client was so wrapped up in his own problems, he just picked up right where he left off without a mention of my exit! I'm just glad that this wasn't one of the sessions that a team observed behind a one-way mirror for teaching purposes!

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  1. We all have had a few of those! Mine came in Memphis .. a business meeting scheduled for two days. I spent the entire two days laying on the cool marble floor of my hotel bathroom. Don't know how I made it back to the airport and my flight home to Minneapolis. Remember none of that. A co-worker who picked me up on arrival actually didn't recognize me! It ranks as my worst.

  2. Whoaaaaaaaaaaaaa...I don't know how you have done what you have done! Guess one has to do what one has to do!
    Fortunately for me ....I wasn't working outside the house when I had them cause I was GOOD FOR NOTHING! I shit you not!

  3. How awful for you but at least it didn't have other ramifications and you got through the rest of the session

  4. My migraines usually make me nauseous, but I've never had to run away and barf.

    The only thing I've ever really missed due to migraines were a concert (I was supposed to perform and couldn't even get up from my bed) and work.

    I don't like missing work, because I love my job.


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