The vacation:Okanagan

The migraines follow me but I had a mellow good time anyway


I went on a holiday to my uncles cabin for a week. I went with my spouse, mom and step-father. We drove straight 12 hours to get there, well, I didn’t… my mom and spouse did… but nevertheless I felt the impact of that. Since I have FM in addition to chronic migraines it quite hit me in the body. I had thought it wouldn’t be any different than when we break it up into two days. Pain is pain. But apparently the impact was quite intense into the next day. It flared up my IBS quite a bit as well. Not pleasant on the whole fibromaylgia side of things. Ergo and therefore, on the way back, we broke the journey into two days and far more pleasant on All of us.

The migraines were rather unpleasant for me this trip. I must say I was surprised at this. Usually my mellow stays at the cabin is pretty refreshing on the brain ball. Unfortunately I had some serious pain the first day with just the most intense nausea. The second day the migraine hit about a couple hours after getting up and was a real dumification migraine… zoned out and brainless, intense auras and the again with the nausea. I blame the nausea entirely on the migraine associated vertigo triggered from the drive, which wasn’t severe, but was just there enough to be noticeable and aggravate my stomach. Pretty much for most of the week I was taking Gravol to control the nausea. On night that and my anti-nausea med wasn’t sufficient. The first two days I did take my triptan and it did work for about 2-4 hours dulling the pain in there, which helped me manage things a bit. Gives you that window in there anyway.

Irony was I was feeling pretty good on the fourth day but the weather was not. So i wasn’t able to go out on the water with my spouse in the canoe which I was hoping to do, once I got the nausea tempered down. But such is life, maybe if we go back I’ll have better luck. It is really nice when he takes me out there. I quite enjoy it, but of course the MAV and nausea need to me quite handled.

So you know not all vacations can be migraine free or even migraine moderate. Just the way it is and this time around was just way more symptomatic than last time. But my nausea has been quite There lately. So it was more mellow and that is fine by me. The operate word is to relax anyway.

Things I did do?

  • Relaxed
  • Chatted
  • Had a fire
  • Watched some movies
  • Played some crib and lost horrifically
  • Went to a winery called ‘See ya later’ and sampled their white wine and bought a bottle. Which I indulged in on my good night I had there. Apparently I can have about one large glass and that is all to get me ‘happy’. Don’t have much of an alcohol tolerance.
  • Went to a great ice cream place and had some awesome ice cream
  • Went back to the ice cream place about bought some fudge. Mmmm
  • And read a good book

My spouse did some fishing and went out on the kayak quite often. And we took scenic routes on our drives to the winery and the ice-cream place.

Here is the thing about vacations. I would have been in migraine hell anyway. More actually. Because I would have been working. So this is a vacation from the intensity of pain from working with a migraine. From putting on a ‘facade’ and smiling through the pain. From having to ‘function’ through the pain. And going to a place I find soothing, relaxing and beautiful. Where I can be with people I enjoy and do things I like, where they can do things they like and we can all have BBQ and chill. Yeah, the pain comes along for the ride… but as I said it was going to be there anyway. Might as well have a break from the work aspect and choose a wonderful environment and the people you are with and relax.

You do have to pace yourself, moderate you activities and stay within your limits of course. Which is why I am pretty mellow on vacations. Choose a Thing to do a day, and the rest is casual depending on mood and energy. At the cabin though it is all really dependent on mood and energy. Am I in the mood for a road trip for fudge? Or to read my book? Maybe watch a scary movie? Chillaxin vacation. Just what a need from all the stress lately to be honest.



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