Monday, July 30, 2012

Head above water

Keeping my Head Above Water, swimming in the Methow River


For me, keeping my head above water with migraine doesn't mean just keeping up w/ household tasks and chores.  It means choosing which things are most important in my life and figuring out how I can "show up."  The chores that don't get done are always waiting for me when I'm ready or my kind husband steps up to the plate.






Being w/ Family
  
I not only love my family, I like them too, and taking the opportunity to hang out with them is one of the things that gives me great pleasure and a feeling that I'm still in the middle of my life, a participant.  This picture was taken at Christmas time in Zihuatenejo, Mexico.  There's not much that tops being with people I love in a place that is very special to me.








Friends  Yesterday, after our work party, all the girls decided to go for a pedicure, my first!  It sounded like fun and it was, but during the whole gabfest and process, the fumes began to get to me.  Later a slight headache and then the real deal this morning.  You know what?  It was worth it.  An experience I won't repeat in the same way, but I'm not sorry we all had such a good time together.  My swell friends are already offering to "do it ourselves" if we can't find a fume-free venue.




Me, Myself and I


Art  One of the hardest things about having headaches   all the time is that it saps my energy.  Even when I don't have a headache, I may be recovering from one - most of a day.  Severe fatigue is a prodrome for me - afternoon, evening of another day.  My preventative meds are sedating - another drain.  But if it's a choice between doing the dishes or working on my latest art project, art wins out because I totally loose myself.  Everything else fades away and I'm in control, or sometimes the art takes over.  It gives me energy.




Water   Being on it or in is magnificent.  I relish the smell of the river or the bay, the sound of the oars, the motion of the boat in the water.  My husband and I usually go out together so If I get tired, he rows and I can sit back and enjoy it.  We have two rowing stations set up so sometimes we row doubles and that's a whole other trip.  I have to plan this kind of stuff in advance.  If I know we're going rowing or swimming somewhere, I rest up.  If I need to, I take extra meds, etc.  Sometimes we have to put it off until the next weekend, but if it's cleaning the house or taking to the water, the choice is a no brainer for me.

Rowing the Nooksack

My Students   I teach English as a Second Language to my mostly Mexican students.  My time teaching and learning from them is precious.  I work 2 nights a week in the evening.  I have the morning to prepare my lessons and the afternoon to prepare my body.  If I'm headachy, I rest up and use all my tricks and techniques, so by evening I am usually feeling well enough to leave the house by 5:15 to drive to class, teach and then arrive home at about 10:00 pm.  Often I come home feeling better than I have all day long.  They energize me, get my mind off my own problems and help me realize what a privilege it is to get to know a little bit about their world and watch them work hard to overcome the obstacles in their lives 



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