I have always been grateful for my family, but especially so around the holidays. Not because I feel more nostalgic or am more contemplative, but because they always help me out when I need it the most. Other than birthdays, my holidays to host are Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. I am not an especially neat person and regularly have stacks of magazines, mail, lists and lots of miscellaneous stuff laying around. Whenever I will be having people over, I feel the need to clean all these piles. I can’t just shove them under a bed, because I won’t get back to them for weeks….ok months, but the point is, there could be a bill in there, or an appointment reminder or some other important bit of paper and it would be lost to me. In addition to cleaning the house like a realtor is coming to show it, I end up sorting through all of this and it takes a long time. Inevitably, I end up with a migraine.
This year I started early in the hopes of avoiding the agony of de head. Five days ahead I had a plan and started sorting everything. I’ve been good recently, so it didn’t take too long. I also decided to paint the bathroom upstairs. I usually ban my mother-in-law from using this bathroom because my three teenagers are in charge of keeping it clean. Enough said. That project was finished on Monday. See One Day Bathroom Redo.
Three days before, I started cleaning and got about half done. Two days before…migraine. I did nothing. One day before, I’m supposed to be baking pies and making sure that I have everything I need…migraine. This is when my family started pitching in and finished cleaning for me. My husband put on his boss hat and organized the chaos between hunting. All I had to do was tell him what still needed to be done and he delegated to the servants…uh kids. On the morning of, I still had what I call the dregs. The pain is merely annoying, but I feel very tired. I managed to do the cooking, I even made breakfast for everyone. My husband kept up with the dishes so that I wouldn’t have to which was wonderful. He even took care of the clean up after dinner because I still wasn’t feeling the best. Apparently, no matter how organized I feel like I am, I will still get the migraine.
So you see why I am thankful for my family even more at Thanksgiving. Although this has always been my tradition (I took it over from my mom), I decided that it would be my last year hosting Thanksgiving. The migraines come before every party I throw and they never turn out the way I picture in my mind. I would rather be cooking and baking and enjoying myself than lying on the couch with a headache. It just isn’t worth it to me anymore. Even though it was hard for me to give up, my mother-in-law agreed to have it at her house from now on. Hopefully, now I will be able to do all the baking that I like to do for the holidays and enjoy them too.
Now I just have to get through Christmas.
- Holiday Season May Be Synonymous With Headache Season (detroit.cbslocal.com)
- Giving Thanks: November Headache & Migraine Blog Carnival (somebodyhealme.dianalee.net)
- Massage Therapy Relieves Tension Headaches (massageenvy.com)
- How Long Will My Migraine Last? (everydayhealth.com)