Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Preparing for the Big Day

With Thanksgiving just a week away I'm bursting with excitement for Christmas. I can hardly wait to start putting up my decorations and listening to festive music. Fortunately, I'll actually be fairly busy until after next Thursday getting ready to travel to Minnesota, my appointment at Mayo, a pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving meal with the in-laws and such.

It is my preparations for the actual Thanksgiving dinner that are perhaps the most complicated. We'll be at my mom's house with her 3 dogs, our dog, my sister and her friend from work, and perhaps a couple of neighbors and an old family friend. The potential for all the non-family members being present means that I need to put more into my preparations.

Now if only I could figure out a way to control my migraines and ensure that they won't be making an appearance. But since that's not one of my skills I'll have to make due with what I do have.
 - rescue medications
 - the ability to opt out of meal preparations
 - sunglasses and a hat
 - comfy clothes
 - my sweet little lap dog
 - understanding family
 - time to rest in advance

These are my only ideas but I'm open to any suggestions. What will you be doing to manage your pain and optimize your fun over Thanksgiving?


  1. I'm so glad you get to spend Thanksgiving with your family! Family get togethers can be a headache, or a pain in the uhhhh, yeah... even for someone without migraines. I wish you well, and hope you get to have many pain free hours/days!

    I will be cooking, but I will have some help :)and I can sit and rest, or lay down if I need to.

    I know most scents bother you, but have you tried lavender aromatherapy? It may calm you :)

    1. I have tried lavender - unfortunately it is one of the many scents that I can't handle.

      Thanks dear Della! You have a great Thanksgiving!

  2. What rescue meds are you on?

    I feel like it may be time to switch things up. My neuro discussed the option of getting something called a sphenopalatine ganglion block. Maybe you could look it up and get the opinions of the Mayo docs?!?! Could be an answer for both of us???

    1. I take a generic Imitrex and sometimes I add 400mg of Ibuprofen to it. I've not heard of these blocks but will ask about it when I see my headache guy next week.

      Good luck with your trial. Let me know how it turns out.

  3. I think you got it all covered. I am also hoping that not only will the bad headaches not show up, I am also hoping that I will not have a flare with fibromyalgia. I have about an hour drive to where the dinner is. I go to my best friend's parents house with her and her family. Fortunately, they are very understanding if I need to lie down or anything like that.


    1. Good luck with your Thanksgiving plans! I hope that you will be able to enjoy it pain free.