1. Is it possible this headache will disappear before the sitter gets here?
2. Do I cancel the sitter and send my husband to dinner alone and stay home manning two small children by myself in my current state of health?
3. Could I just take a triptan and possibly go to dinner pain-free?
The headache didn't magically disappear. I didn't cancel our sitter. And well, that leaves the third question...
Eventually, the time had come to start getting ready for the evening. Like a good little trooper I began the ritual of showering and dressing for dinner (the headache still pounding away). I was alternating my ice wraps religiously hopeful for a miraculous recovery. The sitter arrived and my decision to stay the dinner course was set in motion. On our way to our friends we stopped at a store to buy beverages. Bryan went in to purchase the drinks leaving me in the car unattended with the air-conditioner blasting on my face. The pain was getting more intense and nausea was beginning to kick in. Like most drug addicts I had my "stash" tucked away in my purse. At this point, all willpower was lost and I took the triptan, closed my eyes and laid back in the passenger seat. Bryan returned from his shopping trip and I admitted to him my failure. It was about a 20 minute drive to our friends house. By the time we arrived I had already started getting relief. Needless to say I was able to be physically present that night, but most of my focus was on my condition and not enjoying the company of my friends and spouse.
The next day was met with much anxiety awaiting the "rebound affect" to occur. I approached each hour with caution and stuck to my self-imposed diet restrictions. The impending attack never came. The prodrome stage of the migraine phased out and another migraine didn't plan a surprise attack. I had braced myself for the worse and the worse never showed up. Another day passed and no headache. A week passed and no headache. A month came and went without a headache. It's now been a year! I am so very thankful.
I feel so grateful for so many things in my life. I feel extremely blessed to have found a way to manage this illness. I am blessed by the support of my family and friends. So, for all of you that counted those migraine-free days along with me, please know how much I love all of you!