Saturday, October 08, 2011

My Scariest Migraine Experience: Diana in Wonderland

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In thinking about writing for this month's Headache & Migraine Blog Carnival theme of the scariest migraine I've experienced or witnessed, I struggled. I've had lots of embarrassing migraine experiences, but scary? Those are harder to come up with. I've never been someone to have especially dramatic attacks outwardly speaking. But when I was a kid sometimes it was really scary to be inside my migraine body with my migraine brain.

I can remember going about my normal school day and moving on to my regular after school activities (dance classes, piano lessons, 4-H, etc.), but somehow also not exactly know who I was or how I fit in to my current surroundings. It's very hard to describe, but I have to suspect I'm not the only migraineur out there who has ever felt that way. The closest thing I've ever seen written about it is Alice in Wonderland Syndrome, though that isn't quite what my experience was like.

Usually that just happened to me on regular days. School days. No big deal. But once it happened on a special day: the day I was supposed to be in a production of the Nutcracker. We had rehearsals all day on Saturday for a Saturday night performance. We were fitted for really awesome costumes and everything. I was so excited. Probably too excited, because that has been a migraine trigger for me over the course of my life. Often when I had these weird out of body experiences I don't remember having the pain of a migraine attack, but that day was different. I experienced all my regular migraine symptoms, too. I had to call my mom to come get me during rehearsals and take me home. I didn't get to be in the performance because I was too sick. To add insult to injury, my grandmother went to the performance anyway, which sort of killed my little heart. I still wish I could have that day back.

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