Friday, June 01, 2012

My First Migraine: MIgraine Awareness Month Blogging Challenge

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I'm participating in the Migraine Awareness Month Blogging Challenge every day in June.

Today's prompt is: "Your First for the First. Share the story of your first Migraine, what it was like, if you knew what it was, what you did, how you felt."

I wish I could describe for you in intimate detail the who, what, when, where and why of my very first migraine attack, but I can't. I started having them around ago 6, according to my parents, and I don't really remember my very first one. I remember lots of migraine attacks as a child, though.

I remember getting a migraine on my kindergarten field trip and throwing up on my teacher on the bus. She was so nice about the whole thing.

I remember getting a migraine when we went on a really fun family trip to an amusement park and having to go home early.

I remember getting a migraine at dance class and not feeling knowing where I was, who I was or what was going on. I remember being scared and ashamed to tell anyone what I was experiencing because even at that age I thought it would sound crazy.

I remember getting sick at slumber parties and being embarrassed to tell the parents I was sick, so I would sneak off to the bathroom to throw up and just hope no one noticed.

I remember throwing up on my grandma and the little pillow she always sat on in the car because she was super short when I got a migraine on the way home from picking my aunt up at the airport.

I remember getting a migraine when I was going to be in the Nutcracker and having to go home and miss the performance.

And I remember lots and lots of times feeling the worst imaginable head pain, vomiting, shying away from light and sound, trying to cool myself off, crying and not understanding what I'd done to deserve what I was going through. I can picture myself as a little girl writhing on the couch in pain in our old rental house. When I'd start to cry from the pain my mom would try to calm me down because she knew the crying would only make it worse. It was scary and I felt I was being punished for something, but it was also routine for me. It was just a normal part of life.

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What do you remember about your first migraine attack?

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