Day 10: Ocean’s Eleven #MHAM #MHAM13

Ocean’s Eleven: Who’s part of your Migraine/Headache Disorders care team? What essential roles still need to be filled?

My current pain clinic team at my local hospital includes my doctor, a nurse and vocational councillor. Outside of the hospital I also see a physiotherapist very often, and my local pharmacists always give me a helping hand in handling all of my medications..

My paediatric pain clinic had the best approach I’ve seen. At every appointment I had my pain specialist, a nurse practitioner, clinical therapist and a physiotherapist. Having them at every appointment helped them gauge my progress, and sugest new treatment options.

Currently, I am quite happy with my treatment at the adult hospital.. I’ve definitely had a few hiccups with them, but I know they are giving me the best care possible!

June, Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, is dedicated to Unmasking the Mystery of Chronic Headache Disorders. The Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge is issued by FightingHeadacheDisorders.com.

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Day 9 (Late) : Mama Mia! #MHAM #MHAM13

Mama Mia: Money Money Money: How does living with Migraine or another Headache Disorder impact your financial situation?

Well, as I am 18, I am still dependant on my parents for finical support. As most teenagers, I decided to get a part-time job, but I went into a flare, and my employer was less than accommodating.. So I am fully dependant on my parents for all of my finical needs.

I know that my parents would do anything to help with my pain.. Reciently I was put on a newly approved medication in canada.. Sativex.

Sativex is a medicine from the Cannabinoid family. The cost of this medication was 127.00$ for a 28 day supply, as the medication goes bad in 28 days. Buying this medication was quite difficult, as they only come in boxes of 4, so we would have to shell out over 500$ each time.. The worst part on this medication was that I only used half of the bottle each month due to the dose I was on.. AKA  I threw out over half of my medication each month. wast of money..

Paying for weekly physio appointments also adds up quickly.. 65$ a trip, which quickly took up my 500$ a year coverage..

As you can see, these are only a few of the day to day costs that I encounter..

June, Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, is dedicated to Unmasking the Mystery of Chronic Headache Disorders. The Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge is issued by FightingHeadacheDisorders.com.

Day 8 (Late): Feed Me, Seymour #MHAM #MHAM13

Little Shop of Horrors: “Feed Me, Seymour”: What comfort foods do you reach for when you have a Migraine or Headache attack?

When I have a migraine, or increase in my daily pain, nausea usually comes along with it! So there really isn’t any comfort food that I reach for! In fact I usually avoid food at all costs because of the smell!

June, Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, is dedicated to Unmasking the Mystery of Chronic Headache Disorders. The Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge is issued by FightingHeadacheDisorders.com.

Day 7 (Late) : Pretty woman #MHAM #MHAM13

Pretty Woman: What do you do to look good when you feel like crap?

Well, if you’ve been following me since the begining of this blogging/twitter journey, you would know that I have a *slight*(insert sarcasm here..) to makeup! I love how it can turn my face from pain city to a normal 18 year old girl, pain and worry free!

What do you do to feel pretty?

June, Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, is dedicated to Unmasking the Mystery of Chronic Headache Disorders. The Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge is issued by FightingHeadacheDisorders.com.

Day 6 (Late): Premonition #MHAM #MHAM13

 Premonition: Where would you like to see treatment options for Migraine & Headache
Disorders go in the future?

Well, I believe that if there was a strong diagnosis tool, unlike the “well you kinda fit in here” system that we have now, it would take away the  discrimination that we have all faced once in our lives.  With  discrimination out of the way, further research and grants would open up the doors for further treatments.

June, Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, is dedicated to Unmasking the Mystery of Chronic Headache Disorders. The Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge is issued by FightingHeadacheDisorders.com.

Day 5 (late): You’ll Never Walk Alone #MAHM #MHAM13

I apologize for all of the late entries.. My health has been failing me recently.. and with graduation just around the corner the stress is mounting!

Carousel: You’ll Never Walk Alone.

My support team is immense. My mother, father, two sisters are my core. Then I have my best friend, he’s what get’s me though the day. I care for him, and he cares for me..

I also have some amazing friends through a hospital program at my local children’s hospital, having close friends who can empathize with you makes all the difference.

Having a strong support team behind you means the difference of thriving or failing.. and I could never thank these people enough times for what they have done for me.

thanks

June, Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, is dedicated to Unmasking the Mystery of Chronic Headache Disorders. The Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge is issued by FightingHeadacheDisorders.com.

Day 4:Finding Nemo #MHAM #MHAM13

Finding Nemo: “Just keep swimming”: How do you keep going in life when Migraine or
another Headache Disorder deals you a difficult set back?

I find that the odd time I can get pretty down about my situation, and its taken me a couple years to figure out how to bring myself out of them. I find that talking to some of my fellow spoonies always helps me, but never truly gets me out of what I call the “pit of despair” . I’ve always wondered whether or not to fight it or just let it run its course as I usually try to fight it off, but lately I’ve been leaning more towards letting it take over and run its course. It’s the spoonie version of the fight or flight!

I guess all in all I find myself still pondering whether or not to fight or flight, but I know that I always have the support from my fellow spoonies to bring me through the tough times.

Do you fight or flight?

June, Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, is dedicated to Unmasking the Mystery of Chronic Headache Disorders. The Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge is issued by FightingHeadacheDisorders.com.