My Most Embarrassing Migraine Aura!

My Most Embarrassing Migraine Aura!
When I first started yawning frequently before my migraines a couple of years ago, I did not immediately put it together that I was experiencing an aura.

I always considered an aura to be the swirly lines in the vision and nausea and vomiting.  I should have considering I have already experienced strange symptoms with my migraines and they were at that point considered "complex" migraines.

I experienced symptoms frequently like my right side going numb and tingling and was used to that as an aura over the years.

But Auras can change. And Yawning as an aura admittedly took me awhile to realize. Until like all auras it started happening repeatedly as in weekly, made easier when my migraines turned chronic.

When I finally put it together and did the research I found that indeed- yawning is reported quite frequently as an aura. Interestingly if one experiences yawning as an aura that often will experience irritation, nausea,, frequent urination and sleepiness as well all of which I can vouch for.

This is because research has shown Yawning as an aura in migraine can possibly be linked to a dopamine deficiency. I try not to get too sciencey here so will let you google the experts on that one and speak to your own provider on what that would mean for you of you experience this aura but wanted to point it out for those dealing with this.

As mentioned above though- it can be embarrassing so if it is too bad I try to explain to my own patients what is going on and that they are not boring the heck out of me lolololol.

Do you have an embarrassing aura- I love for you to join my new community for those dealing with MCAS, Histamine Intolerance and Migraines so we can chat about it!

You can join here

How to Keep A Positive Mindset Despite Health Setbacks!

How to Keep A Positive Mindset Despite Health Setbacks!
This past week was a real do-sy when it comes to setbacks- 

I have chronic migraines but my head does not like the months of Feb-May! It’s like clockwork. My chronic migraines go from annoying to a level of “I want to curse someone out”. That’s pretty fun when you care for lovely folks for a living. 

Then to add to the fun I also deal with a condition called mast cell activation syndrome- and my most aggravating symptoms lately has to do with my breathing. This  past weekend while at the mall with my kiddos I decided to try a new tea (I usually get nervous trying new things because I never know if I will tolerate it) Well I’ve done pretty well lately since my new medication regimen has kept my symptoms fairly stable- keyword “fairly” within 10 minutes of drinking said tea I felt the all to familiar feeling of my lungs closing. Luckily my regimen keeps me from going into full anaphylaxis but I did have to run and use my inhaler a few times to open up my airways- something I have not had to do in awhile-

But that wasn’t the worst day of the week- 

Friday I went to the salon to get my hair done. I walked in with a feeling of dread. I have had a love/hate relationship with my hair for the last several years. My hair has been doing amazing for the last 3 years. It has felt thick and healthy and has been growing really well. About 4 weeks ago I felt the shift. When I started to comb it I noticed more and more hair coming out and the texture changing. I was hoping I was just imagining it but over the next few weeks the hair loss was very obvious.

  • So when I went into the salon, I knew I would have to cut a significant amount off-AGAIN! 
  • It didn’t make the moment any easier and as tears started to build up- I had to tell myself some things- and I will tell you the same if you are going through some health challenges or setbacks.
  • You are allowed to feel all the emotions in this moment
  • This moment does not define you
  • Better days WILL come-
Some things I do is:

  • Listen to my favorite music- music is food for the soul
  • Read my favorite book-nothing like “escapism” to list my mood and take the mind off current circumstances.
  • Stay away from the news and media- I find news can increase anxiety and during times of a setback, you want to keep your focus on the most positive things you can find- so no NEWS!
  • Try to connect with your “positive” people- this may not be family and that’s okay. The online support community has come a long ways over the years. Try to find a group that is focused on positivity-If you need one- I will post the link to mine Here
  • Use uplifting essential oils- citrus oils like orange, and lemon and bergamot are very uplifting and helpful in times of a setback. My favorites are here
Health challenges and setbacks will come-and then they will go! 

Find what works for YOU to keep in a positive mood!

 



"None"

"None"
For this last week of February I have chosen the song "None" written and performed by Elevation Worship. This is the church I attend and when this song was released I was singing as a background vocalist on the worship team. When we sang this song the atmosphere in the room always changed immediately. I will never forget seeing tears in the eyes of people worshipping the Father with this powerful worship song. The bridge is also one of my favorite bridges- every time I was on stage singing this I had to try hard not to fall to my knees in worship when singing that bridge- ahhh I pray you enjoy this one!

You are the One, who knows my need
Before I call
You tell the storm, when it will cease
Before it starts
The God of all, who searches me
Within my heart
The highest praise, cannot proclaim
How great You are!
There is none like You, none like You
The faithful One, Jesus
There is none like You, none like You
The faithful One, Jesus
No sacrifice, can now repay
The debt I owe
Or earn this gift, of righteousness
That was Your own
Still I will give, myself away
To make You known!
The Name above, all other names
Is Yours alone
There is none like You, none like You
The faithful One, Jesus
There is none like You, none like You
The faithful One, Jesus
There is none like You, none like You
The faithful One, Jesus
There is none like You, none like You
The faithful One, Jesus!
Everlasting, everlasting
Name above all!
Jesus You are the...
Everlasting, everlasting
Name above all!
Jesus You are the...
Everlasting, everlasting
Name above all!
Jesus You are the...
Everlasting, everlasting
Name above all!
Jesus You are!
There is none like You, none like You
The faithful One, Jesus
There is none like You, none like You
The faithful One, Jesus...










I Love You Lord/I Exalt Thee

I Love You Lord/I Exalt Thee
When it comes to pure simple worship there were two songs that immediately came to mind when I was thinking about the theme for this month and I was so pleased to find a lovely medley that combined them both. Like many who are my age, I grew up on these two songs and remember as a young girl singing them, not quite grasping the full meaning of them. I knew we were singing to the Lord, but these songs are pure love songs to the Father.

I just want to share a special story with "I exalt thee" quickly. In 2001 I lost my mother suddenly. Needless to say it was extremely hard on me and for many months I was very angry with the Lord. I also stopped singing which is a big deal because singing is often how I coped with things, and the fact I just didn't feel like singing should let you know how sorrowful I was feeling. Well many many months later I felt the need to sing something and I wanted to sing something "worshipful". I wasn't attending church at the time and the only song I could thing of was "I exalt thee". I really wanted a CD to sing along too. It was so long ago I couldn't just go download a song like we can today, so I had to actually go to a music store that sold CD's. So many of the gospel songs at the time were fast (think Kirk Franklin and "STOMP") I just really wanted to sing "I exalt thee" for some reason. Well I finally found a CD by an artist I had never heard of at the time. Israel and the New Breed. On this CD was the song I was looking for " I Exalt Thee". I was able to take that CD home and sing that song at the top of my lungs- it was so therapeutic. But you know what ended up being on that same CD? Songs with titles like "Trading My Sorrows" and "New Season" "and "Your Latter Will Be Greater". 

I went into that store looking for a CD with the song "I Exalt Thee" because It was the only song I could think of, but then the LORD used that entire CD to help me in my darkest days- in the middle of the night I would play that CD and hear the words "I'm trading my sorrow-I'm trading my pain-I'm laying it down for the joy of the Lord". Over the following several months I my grief started to lift.

I pray this medley blesses you this week! 



And I lift my voice
To worship You
Oh, my soul, rejoice!
Take joy my King
In what You hear
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
In Your ear
And I lift my voice
(And I lift my voice)
To worship You
(To worship You)
Oh, my soul, rejoice!
(Oh, my soul)
Take joy my King
(Take joy my King)
In what You hear
(In what You hear)
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
(Let it be a sweet sound)
In Your ear
For Thou, o Lord, art high above all the earth
Thou art exalted far above all gods
For Thou, o Lord, art high above all the earth
Thou art exalted far above all gods
I exalt Thee, I exalt Thee
I exalt Thee, o Lord
I exalt Thee, I exalt Thee
I exalt Thee, o Lord
For Thou, o Lord, art high above all the earth
Thou art exalted far above all gods
For Thou, o Lord, art high above all the earth
Thou art exalted far above all gods
I exalt Thee, I exalt Thee
I exalt Thee, o Lord
I exalt Thee, I exalt Thee
I exalt Thee, o Lord
We exalt Thee, we exalt Thee
We exalt Thee, o Lord
We exalt Thee, we exalt Thee
We exalt Thee, o Lord
Oh with all we have
And with all we are
We have come so far
To lift Your name
Lift Your name on high, Jesus
Cause it's all about You, oh Jesus
Oh it's all about You - oh yeah yeah yeah
And this love, this song, this praise
Is what we bring to You
We exalt Thee, we exalt Thee
We exalt Thee, o Lord
We exalt Thee, we exalt Thee
We exalt Thee
We exalt Thee, we exalt Thee
We exalt Thee, o Lord



I Really Love You

I Really Love You
This week I have the most beautiful song for you all. It is actually one of my very favorite songs out of Bethel church. The most amazing part about it is it is a spontaneous worship song. It is a perfect example of a pure love song to the Father. Just telling Him how much we love him over and over again, not asking for anything back in return. I could not think of a more perfect song heading into the valentine's day weekend.


I really love you, I love you right now
I really love you, I love you right now
I really love you, I love you right now
I really love you, I love you right now
Pour yourself out for our Savior, our friend
We really love you. We love you right now
And this is all about you, and we love you right
Now
And this is not religion, oh as some would suppose
This is a love song. With every fiber of my being I
Compose
Cause I really love you, my strength and shield
I love you right now, my victory and my strength
I really love you, yeah I love you right now
I really you, I love you right now
Cause I really love you, I love you right now
Youre my victory Jesus, oh
Youre my everything, youre my everything
And I love you right now
You are my everything, and I love you right now
You are my everything, and I love you right now

 
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