How many of you think the weather is out to get us? The temperature got up to 79° here in West Virginia on Friday. In the wee hours of Saturday morning, we were hit with two to three hours of thunderstorms. Then, the temperature got up to only 40° yesterday. What kind of weather is that? It's the kind of weather that's the perfect recipe for a Migraine for those of us for whom changes in barometric pressure are a trigger!
I've been crossing my fingers and feeling extremely grateful that the Spring TMS device, used preventively, spared me from a weather triggered Migraine over the last couple of weeks. At the same time, I've felt so awful for all of you who have been hit hard with Migraine attacks triggered by this quickly changing weather. I know how difficult those Migraines can be, and I know I'm bound to get hit hard sooner or later.
Looking back at how changeable the weather has been and ahead at the weather forecasts, it doesn't appear that we're going to get a break from the weather changes any time soon, so I've been making sure I have what I need on hand so I'm not caught unprepared. So, I thought some of you might find it helpful if I share my preparations so we can compare notes.
Here's what I've done to prepare:
- made sure my Migraine attack pack is stoked with:
- my favorite little pillow
- my favorite cuddly blanket
- peppermint Migraine smelling salts
- peppermint Migraine roll-on
- my iPod and its charging cable
- my bluetooth speaker to use with the iPod (I love the music, but the allodynia that accompanies my Migraines makes earbuds or headphones very uncomfortable.)
- an extra pair of warm socks because Migraines make my feet colder
- set several natural peppermint tea K-cups beside our Keurig machine
- set several Irish Breakfast Tea K-cups beside the Keurig for quick doses of caffeine
- made sure there's Diet Dr. Pepper in the fridge
- made sure there are crackers, canned soup, and comfort foods in the Migraine section of our kitchen pantry
- charged my Spring device
- put my Migraine abortive and rescue meds on the kitchen table where my husband and I can both grab them quickly
- warned my husband that the weather from hell is continuing
Of course, I'm still hoping not to get smacked down with a Migraine from the barometric pressure changes, but it doesn't hurt to be prepared. Do you have suggestions to share? If so, please post a comment below!
because a migraine is NOT "just a headache"