Friday, June 29, 2012

#NMAM More Often Than Not

Today is Chronic Migraine Awareness Day. People with Chronic Migraine have a Migraine or headache more often than not. Think of and share a random act of kindness that you can do for someone with Chronic Migraine. I have many ideas. But I want you to join me on a little thought exercise first. Here's what I want you to do. I want you to imagine your worst hangover. Now, instead of that getting better, I want you to imagine that lasting for days. Think of what you wouldn't be able to do. Then ask your migraineur friend if they need help with that.

If they're comfortable with it, see if there are some household chores you can do for them. Laundry. Grocery shopping. Running errands with them and be an extra pair of helping hands. Mow, or get someone to mow, their lawn for them. Help them with their pets. Make one of those coupon books: "One Free Grocery Shop - I will go grocery shopping for you (you pay for the groceries)." Stick in there any favor you think they would need help with, while in blinding pain. Ask them what they need help with. Make a list. Keep the things you will do. Pass on the others to a friends to help.

Find out what their migraine triggers are and what they like eating during a migraine. Make healthy homemade snacks that don't include any of their migraine triggers, that they can eat when they're too sick to cook. Find out what helps them in a migraine and make a gift basket of those items: reusable cold packs, rice sock, top-rated ear plugs, full-dark eye masks, and personally for me, Trader Joe's truffles and Red Bull (both help my migraines, ymmv).

Give them something that will help them laugh. Even if it's not during the migraine phase, laughter does help heal the body. Find out where they get their laughter from, whether it's stand-up comedians or comic strips. Give them the gift of laughter.

Those are my suggestions. Take what you like, and leave the rest.

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