Migraine Awareness Month #12 "Let's Do The Monster Mash!" Choose a movie monster that reminds you of your Migraines and tell us why.
While the song "The Monster Mash" is fun to listen and dance to, when I think of my Migraines I think of something more sinister.
I call them The Beast.
There are a lot of reasons why, but because I tend to think about them that way makes this post an easy one for me. Two 1980's movie monsters together fit the bill here...
1. Kurt Russell stars in an old creature feature called "The Thing". In this horror flick, Mr. Russell's character is in an isolated Antarctic research facility when a friendly dog infected with an alien life form is chased into their compound. The alien life form has taken over the dog, cell by cell replicating it and it actually only appears to be a dog. When the dog is alone with the facility's other sled dogs, it begins killing and replicating the bodies of the dogs. Soon, one by one, the life form perfectly takes over members of the crew. No one trusts anyone, and for good reason.
When a Migraine is hitting me, I feel like that life form has taken me over. I have to try very hard to remember who I am and act like me instead of acting out like my head and body makes me want to. I don't want to attack those who are closest to me. I don't want to hurt them. But the nature of the beast in my brain makes controlling this really tough.
2. The movie monster I think overall represents my Migraine beast the most comes from a series of movies that began with the film "Alien" starring Sigourney Weaver.
If you're one of the 10 people on earth that haven't seen one of these, in this film the crew of a space ship goes to an asteroid and finds a large ship filled with eggs. When a crew member comes near, the egg opens and a "face hugger" leaps out and attaches itself to his helmet. When he is found, the face hugger has used acid and eaten its way through the mask and has tightly attached itself to the crewman's face and neck. It is planting an alien larvae down the throat and in the crewmember's stomach. While at dinner, the matured larvae grows and while the crew holds the crew member, down it bursts out of his torso, killing him in agony.
Put one of these things inside my head, and you've about got what a Migraine feels like - something alive and pissed off and completely beyond my control is inside my brain trying to violently split my head open to come bursting out near my eye.
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