help a chronic, a tumblr post, and my new goggles

Migraine Awareness Month #29: “More Often that Not.” Today is Chronic Migraine Awareness Day. People with chronic Migraine have a Migraine more often than not. Think of and share a random act of kindness that you could do for someone with chronic Migraine.

okay, well i am that chronic migraineur of which you speak, so it’d be really easy to get super bogged down with this. let me give you a piece of advice when approaching the likes of me – keep offers specific. don’t be vague. “can i do anything to help?” is far too big a question for someone stumbling from migraine to migraine.

i am always happy when my friend hazel helps me out because she never says “would you like something to eat?” even. she will think of something specific to eat and ask if i want that. “do you want some rice pudding?” is a much easier question to answer. even i know the answer to that one.

“National Migraine Awareness Month is initiated by the National Headache Foundation. The Blogger’s Challenge is initiated by”


i’ve made a little tumblr for you this morning featuring, as it does, this image which some kind soul posted a link to on twitter, only for me to forget who it was. SORRY [insert name].

Heather Benning


i know you are waiting with bated breath to see what i look like in m’new goggles.

i feel i am channeling all the very best comedy and cleverness in them. also good is the fact that they are varifocals so i don’t look too NHS in them with the bifocal line effect, AND i can walk around with them on, despite the info on them saying i couldn’t. they are specifically for book and laptop, but there’s enough long distance vision to get around the house without having to take them on and off constantly. i have to say, i am very pleased.


14 thoughts on “help a chronic, a tumblr post, and my new goggles

  1. *wolf whistles*

    Those glasses look totally epic on you – I knew they would!

    And hurrah for varifocals – no more do I have to think about which lenses I’m wearing, or forget to switch! I was able to use them straight away too – but probably only because I thought it was worth paying for the premium lenses to get rid of some of the distortion 🙂

    1. see, i didn’t – i just went for the ones for working at a screen and a pair that are sunnies with a bit of reading in the bottom.
      i wore the sunnies out of the shop, and although they are designed to be worn out and about i actually found them a bit trippy after bifocals. putting the indoor glasses on i fully expected to have to take them on and off all day, so was super pleased to discover i could pilot myself around perfectly well.

      i keep catching glimpses of myself in mirrors wearing them and i am so pleased! i don’t wear make up so having black frames provides quite a nice bit of definition.

  2. How to help a chronic migrainer. Oh boy. I look at it like this: if they are in the midst of one and are unable to function (when we are at the point we can’t see/think/talk straight) then yes, by all means please not only make sure they are comfortable but also ask if simple things like “have you taken your x medication? has been thought about. Because when you can’t think straight, you never know.

    But generally, offering advice like “drink more water, that always helps me!” can just be taken and shoved.

    Just sayin’.

    Your glasses rock.

    1. absolutely. advice NOT welcome. however, bringing me drugs/drinks/snacks/PLEASANT distractions when appropriate/reminders of things that i normally do to help with pain but am forgetting to do are.

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