A Storm is brewing.....

“Double, double toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble,” is exactly how my stomach feels on a day like today. All you have to do is add the feeling of dizziness one gets from a tilt-a-whirl ride and there you have it. This is not fun & exciting for me. No, no way. This is a, “....Mom, I feel like I’m going to thr....(splat) bleh. Can I stay home?”...kind of feeling. Of course, as a child, I did not have these problems or symptoms. As an adult, I am certainly following in my mother’s footsteps. Sorry, Mom....I still love you!

My name is Donna, and I get functional migraines. Migraines are a neurological disease. They are also polysymptomatic. Huh?! Well, yes....(a lot of my information comes from Americanmigrainefoundation.org...check it out.) So, what can happen? Feeling of nausea. Sensitive to light, sound & odor. Difficulty concentrating or thinking clearly. Vertigo. Visual disturbances. Numbness. Speech & language impairment. Even weakness. You do NOT need to see an aura during your migraine for it to be a migraine. Hence, functional. Symptoms and severity can vary greatly.

One of the most common triggers for me is the weather. It is known that storms and barometric pressure are common, but, so is excessive heat. Luckily for me, I’m more than okay with the heat. (Bring on the tropics.) Barometric pressure, though....[Donna places her hand in the air]...I could sell myself to weather networks as a storm predictor.

Besides the obvious head pain (usually, more so on one side and varies in severity)...I feel nauseous. I am sensitive to light & odor. I, also, have great difficulty concentrating and deal with speech & language impairment. But,...you worked in Radio, you say. Yeah....don’t I know it. Those days were exhausting.

Just once have I seen “the aura” and it was scary as hell. I seriously thought I was losing my eyesight. I called the optometrist immediately. I could not see the letters at the beginning of words and my vision started to fog from the outside in. Was I about to faint? No, it was the start of an ocular migraine. Well, darn. This is what my mother went through all those years. But, the Aura! OMG! Although frightening.....incredibly beautiful. I have never seen colours so bright and vivid. And....in motion. They were stunning!!!

And, that ^ is how I feel about stormy skies. Beautiful. Stunning. Yet, they cause my migraines. I choose to see the beauty. Pros and cons, right? You know, Mother Nature really is quite amazing.

Now, pass me the fried chicken, gravol and sunglasses.