I’m trying to figure out what exactly I need to do to keep myself from having pain when I vacation. This weekend we’re going camping and while I’ve been spending time getting the camping gear together, I need to make sure I bring a kit in case the ice pick shows up in my head. I’ve had relatively good luck with the migraines lately but I know I have to prepare for the worst.
Part of the problem with being on vacation and having migraines is you never know what could happen. If you’re traveling with one person or ten people, you kind of feel like you have an obligation to not “ruin it” for the other people. I plan on keeping a good stock of my abortive drugs on hand and not getting myself wrapped up in the triggers like alcohol. I don’t want to be a stick in the mud either but I will stay aware of how I’m reacting.
I know that most people that know I have migraines are understanding if there is a problem when we’re out having fun. I still feel it’s my responsibility to keep the party going, however. I probably got that from my mom who wouldn’t tell you if her arthritic joints were locking up if it meant going home.
So simply be aware of what’s going on around you and don’t be afraid to tell people you have boundaries. Most of the time they’ll understand, and you know what if they don’t, screw ’em. I’ve been out at a club/bar too often having to suck it up to keep the night going. I also didn’t know where I should have stopped. Don’t feel afraid ordering the bottled water or going with the bland salad if it’s going to keep you migraine free for the night.
Camping shouldn’t be a problem but in August we’re driving out to Niagara Falls and that could be interesting. Hopefully the temps stay down so I don’t get overexerted. Nothing like being hot, crabby, and migrainy to ruin a time that’s supposed to be fun.