Friday, June 08, 2012

Migraine Awareness Month #8: "Let there be light."

I don't know that today's post will generate very interesting writing from me, but there is virtue in getting information out there, so here goes.

1. Sunglasses. Many pairs, with great coverage, and stashed in various locations, including (of course) the car. Prescription and non-prescription. Polarized. For short walks outside and extended duration time. Morning to sunset. On sunny days and cloudy days. People mock you for the latter, but ignore them or make jokes about Corey Hart.

2. Hats. I'm a super-fan of my Tilley hat, since it provides shade all the way around, which can be a blessing when there is low sun coming in the side car windows. Plus, it's machine-washable and comes with insurance. Ball caps are also good. And straw hats. Heck, hats!

3. Blinds. Ideally, two sets per window--some that reduce light and some that block it completely. That gets expensive, so those are only crucial for the bedroom.

4. Hang in the shade, where possible. Not a useful tip for those living in the desert Southwest, but in the Southeast, it helps.

5. Speak up. If I'm in a meeting and there is strong sun coming in, I ask to move to a different seat or adjust the blinds. Then I usually make a joke about it, because, as anyone with disability knows, it's easier on everyone if the able feel at ease.

National Migraine Awareness Month is initiated by the National Headache Foundation. The Blogger's Challenge is initiated by

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