Oh, I hate you. I despise you. I hate you …
1. When people use Migraine and Headache interchangeably.
2. When my favorite authors write things like, “oh, this situation is so terrible, it’s giving this character a migraine.”
3. When commercials for Excedrin Migraine or similar drugs claim they can cure a real migraine.
4. When minor emergency room doctors, being seen for a sinus infection or such minor emergency, take a look at my prescription list and say things like, “Oh, you shouldn’t be on that many drugs. That’s bad.” And “Well, I’m not giving you any painkillers for this terrible sprained ankle; look at what you’re already taking!”
5. When, at work at my last job, as a migraine hit and I tried to leave, co-workers, those lovely helpful people, would say, “but there’s a quiet room, you can just go lay down for awhile and come back to work.”
6. When I get looks for using my disabled hang-tag for parking. When I felt like I shouldn’t type that sentence because of what others might say here about this very thing.
7. When I can’t look at a website because it has flickering images, or have to close my eyes while watching Scandal because of that camera flashing thing they do. When my iPhone weather app triggers a migraine because it has a lightning strike to show it’s a stormy day.
8. When I can’t shop at the Sephora store because of all the scents. When I have to dash through the department store entrance because of the perfume counters. When that woman gets on the elevator after dousing herself in eau du blech, and I leave in pain. When I have to leave a line because a man who was smoking cigarettes is standing behind me.
9. When my system gets so hypersensitive that voices sound like shouts, that small crowds cause panic. When my skin and long muscles begin to hurt to the touch. When my brain overloads and has to be shut down.
10. When I waited too long to tell someone how they impacted my life in such a negative manner that I feel they helped cause these migraines, but I waited too long. And now they’re dead.