Migraine headaches are quite common. If fact, more than 3 million cases are reported each year in the United States. Migraines include a host of neurological symptoms. They tend to run in families and are often debilitating. Consequently, the symptoms often incapacitate sufferers, causing loss of work and time spent missing out on life.
For example, when I get a migraine I’m so out of it from the intense pain, nausea and blindness caused by the aura that literally all I can do is treat it and lie down until it subsides, which is usually hours later. And after that, I typically don’t feel like myself again until two or three days later. Can you relate?
According to the Migraine Research Foundation, about 10% of school-age children suffer from migraine headaches. It’s hard enough for adults who get migraines, but for children, it can be especially difficult and scary.
So what else do we know about these excruciating headaches? Specifically, there are several types of migraines.
7 Types Of Migraines
migraine with aura
migraine without headache (or typical aura without headache)
migraine without aura
hemiplegic migraine (a type of migraine with aura)
migraine with brainstem aura (formerly basilar migraine)
retinal migraine (also called ocular or ophthalmic migraine)
In short, as you can see from the slide presentation above there are many special considerations concerning children and migraines. I hope this post helped you better understand the types, symptoms and triggers of migraine headaches.
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Many families enjoy sitting around and watching parades, Christmas music specials or ballgames during the holidays.
While there’s certainly nothing wrong with these traditions, all this inactivity can lead to weight gain. This is especially true if we’re also eating too much rich food (1)
Rather than lounging around all day, consider:
taking a family walk, either outside or inside a mall
going ice skating
building a snowman with your kids
These activities will burn calories and keep you fit while giving you the opportunity to bond with loved ones.
3. Pay attention to portion sizes
With all the delicious foods prepared during the holidays, it can be tempting to overeat. But, people who eat larger portion sizes tend to gain weight more than those who don’t (2). Makes sense, right?
Read food labels to discern correct portion sizes. Use measuring cups and spoons to measure your food.
4. Get adequate sleep.
Did you know that not getting enough sleep can lead to weight gain and a slowed metabolism (3, 4)? When we don’t sleep enough we tend to eat more and exercise less. Our hunger hormone levels increase and this raises calorie intake.
If you linger by the delicious dishes and desserts, the temptation to indulge is greater. But if you step away from the food and focus more on talking to people you’ll save calories, and you just might have more fun.
This tip reminds me of the phrase, “Out of sight, out of mind”. The same thought applies to your pantry at home. Throw out the junk food so it’s not there tempting you to eat it.
6. Keep stress under control.
The holidays are stressful sometimes. There are people to see, presents to buy and wrap and recipes to make. But it’s important to keep our stress levels under control.
When we are chronically stressed, our levels of cortisone go up. This can cause us to eat more and gain weight (5).
Eating more fiber fills you up faster which can prevent you from eating as much and gaining weight (12).
Fiber-rich foods include:
21. Buddy up.
Find a friend who has similar health goals and give each other accountability. Having someone to work out or swap health recipes with can help you stay on track.
22. Avoid sugar and simple carbs.
Eating too much sugar is a common cause of weight gain and obesity (13).
When you come face to face with the desserts this holiday season, focus on selecting only your favorites and leaving the rest. This will save you from sugar overload and help keep your blood sugar in a manageable range.
One of the worst times in anyone’s life is when they are told they are suffering from a lifelong disease. This is not the kind of news that anyone ever wants to hear. But if you are told this, your most important concern will be to try to find a way to deal with it as best you can. To find a new normal.
The truth is this can take some effort – it can take a long time to even get used to the situation, let alone work out what your next steps are. But if you are in this process at the moment, we hope that the following information will help you get a better sense of what you need to do next.
Action Steps For Living With A Chronic Illness
1. Gather Your Support Network
No matter what it is that you are diagnosed with, you will need a support system to get through it. In some instances, you might need people to help you with even fundamental self-care issues. For others with other illnesses, it could simply be a case of needing a little emotional support from your family.
Whatever it is that you need, it’s essential to work it out and gather everyone together to fully appreciate the enormity of what is going on. If you think you will need some kind of home care, then you should have that arranged as soon as possible. If you need financial help at all, then get the ball rolling there.
Looking to your support network early on will make sure that you do not worry unduly – and that’s important for your state of mind.
2. Keep Your Mindset Straight
One of the toughest challenges here is ensuring that you keep your emotions in check. It is a good idea to work towards accepting your illness, so it’s essential to feel your emotions fully from the start. But you need to find ways to deal with the inevitable emotional backlash of the diagnosis, as this might take some time to recover within you.
Again, this is a situation where having a good support network can really help, so make sure you feel comfortable and safe expressing yourself to those people around you. Keep your head straight, and you will find it makes it easier to deal with – even if you have fears about the future as well.
3. Prepare For The Future
It is likely that your life is about to change in some profound ways. The more prepared you are for those changes, the more likely it is you will be able to cope with them head-on when they arise. Change is inherent to life, but especially when you have a serious ongoing medical condition.
It is likely that your workload will change, your love life will change, your social life will change. Know that this is normal. You are not alone. It’s a good idea to try to accept this as early as you can so that you can then work towards doing what you can with what you have.
Also, be encouraged that many people with chronic illness say that going through the struggles taught them valuable life lessons. It caused them to reflect on their priorities and spend more time with family and friends, or pursue interests they didn’t make time for before.
Do you or someone you love have a chronic illness? What tips can you share that could help someone who has just been diagnosed with a chronic condition?
Share your thoughts below.
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How’s that for a Southern accent? Hope y’all don’t mind me tryin’ it out on ya. 😉
So, part of our family (David, the girls and I because the boys had work) just returned from a fun mini-trip to Nashville, Tennessee. And I’m pretty sure if I stayed much longer I’d pick up their Southern drawl fairly quickly.
Because I like the relaxed vibe of the South.
Because when I was in college my friends from the “Northern” U.S. commented on my Southern accent and I was asked several times if I was from Texas. True story. This, despite the fact that I was born and raised in good ‘ole Southwest Missouri.
I like cowboy boots.
And cowboy hats.
I guess this goes to show that everyone has an accent of one kind or another.
And our perception of another person’s “accent” is influenced by where we’re from and the dialect we’re used to hearing and speaking.
Drawn To His Southern Drawl
So, we had a discussion about accents on the 7-hour trip down (or east from Southwest Missouri). Like how David lost his Southern accent and how long you have to live somewhere (such as Nashville) before you start to talk like the locals.
D is originally from Kentucky and when I met him in college I was drawn to his Southern drawl.
He sat behind me in a class and after several days of hearing his smooth Kentucky accent, always the curious one that I am, I just had to turn around and put a face to that voice.
And boy was I glad that I did. 😉
(He’ll love me for saying that.)
The rest they say is history…
Well there was a bit more than that.
Like the time he gave me the Heimlich Maneuver in our college cafeteria (shout out to Meller’s Cafeteria! where our son, Cooper now works) when I choked on a very large carrot.
My airway was completely obstructed and he saved my life!
Maybe that sealed the deal?
But I’m pretty sure I knew he was the one way before that.
Based on the Southern drawl and all.
Why Learn To Speak With A Different Accent?
There are different reasons for wanting to learn to speak with a Southern drawl:
if you’re an actor, you can expand your repertoire
to impress your friends and family
to impersonate someone from the South
Okay, so maybe not the last one.
If you enjoy learning new things like I do, you may like this next part.
Tips For Speaking With A Southern Accent
Speak slowly–People from the South tend to draw out their words, especially the vowel sounds. There’s a lilt to their speech and a single syllable vowel can become two syllables. For example, “fill” becomes “fee-hill.”
Drop the “g”s. So words that end in “ing” will lose the “g”. For example, “eating” becomes “eatin'” and “running” becomes “runnin’.” Some of us tend to do this in the Ozarks too.
Use “y’all” instead of “you all” every chance you get. Even better, and a slight variation, try using “all y’all.” This is my personal favorite.
Remember your manners. Generally speaking, Southerners are polite. So try, “‘Scuse me”, “Thank ya”, “Yes M’am”, and “Sir” on for size.
Learn and practice some local phrases. Over the years I’ve been entertained by D’s long list of “Kentuckyism’s. These are phrases, or sayings, he grew up hearing in his home state of Kentucky. Many of them he learned from his Granny Mildred, I think. Examples of such colloquialisms could include: “As scarce as deviled eggs after a church picnic” or “I love them roastin’ ears (corn on the cob)” and “If the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise.”
It’s important to keep in mind when we’re talking like someone from the South (or any other region or country) that we show sensitivity to their culture so we don’t cause hurt feelings or offense.
Here’s a video that can help you understand Southerners and some of the things they say. (I realize the still video picture below goes against my comment above about showing cultural sensitivity, but thought it was one of the more informative videos so chose to share it anyway. Hopefully it doesn’t offend anyone out there…this is definitely not my intention.)
It can be fun to visit new places and observe and interact with different people.
Nashville is an especially fun place to travel to. It’s rich in Southern pride and tradition.
Every person has a unique accent. There are different reasons you might want to learn to speak with a Southern accent. Learning new things can be fun! Or maybe you’re thinking of moving to Nashville to work at becoming a country music star. More power to ya.
Either way, I hope you continue learning new things, and exploring new horizons. Most of all, I hope you had fun reading this post!
Do you like learning new things? Do you enjoy traveling, meeting new people and experiencing new cultures?
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