March 19th 2013 3:25 am
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Many times in their own way, our kitty families make just as much or more effort to take good care of us, their humans, as we make to take good care of them.
For most of my life, I've gotten migraine headaches. Anybody who ever has had a migraine knows there's no other headache that even begins to compare to the kind of misery a migraine can put you through. A migraine can be so painful that if splitting your head open with a brick would relieve the pain, you might be tempted to try it. There's no such thing as a mild migraine.
Migraine symptoms vary widely. With each individual headache you can have different symptoms or different combinations of symptoms. For those of you who are interested, here's some migraine information from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/migraine-headache/DS00120
One or two days before a migraine, you may notice subtle changes that may signify an oncoming migraine, including:
Most people experience migraine headaches without aura. Auras are usually visual but can also be sensory, motor or verbal disturbances. Each of these symptoms typically begins gradually, builds up over several minutes, then commonly lasts for 10 to 30 minutes. Examples of aura include:
Visual phenomena, such as seeing various shapes, bright spots or flashes of light
Pins and needles sensations in an arm or leg
Speech or language problems
Less commonly, an aura may be associated with aphasia or limb weakness (hemiplegic migraine).
When untreated, a migraine typically lasts from four to 72 hours, but the frequency with which headaches occur varies from person to person. You may have migraines several times a month or much less frequently. During a migraine, you may experience some of the following symptoms:
Pain on one side of your head
Pain that has a pulsating, throbbing quality
Sensitivity to light, sounds and sometimes smells
Nausea and vomiting
Lightheadedness, sometimes followed by fainting
Chills & Fever
The final phase — known as postdrome — occurs after a migraine attack, when you may feel drained and washed out, though some people report feeling mildly euphoric.
Over the last couple of days, I've had a migraine coming on. It hit me hard last night, leaving me writhing in my bed in the dark in total misery. As I lay there feeling like screaming with the pain, I slowly became aware of the infinitely soothing lull of Lefty's loud purring by my right ear. Then Little Skittles started gently washing my forehead. Lily curled up beside Lefty, added her purring to Lefty's comforting rumble, and started washing my right arm.
One of the most pleasant experiences in the world is the experience of being gently washed by a cat. The cat's rough tongue, it's temperature, and degree of wetness is just right to feel wonderful on human skin. I've often wondered if it's possible to invent some kind of wash cloth, exfoliating brush, or other such face and body cleansing tool that would be able to emulate a cat's tongue. I think such a tool would make the ideal skin cleaning implement!
Buddha came up and gently lay on my abdomen to soothe it's pain with his warmth. Splat Cat lay on one of her favorite "perches" on my body, my left knee. Uno stretched herself out across my chest. Nearby, Righty, Farrah, Moose, and Velcro added the purring chorus. Skittles continued washing my head and face, Lily continued washing my right arm, Uno started washing my left arm.
Gradually, the efforts of my kitties began to have positive effect. The soothing purrs and kitty washing, the warmth of the kitties lying on and around me (I was having chills with this particular migraine) all felt so wonderfully soothing and comforting. Although the migraine still persisted, as the kitties helped me relax, the pain and misery of the migraine diminished noticeably.
My ever faithful Kitty Family TLC Crew was on duty as usual, right when I needed them most!
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Your Crew of furbabies are very special indeed~and how they love you!~so glad they are in tune with you and were there to help and comfort you in a time of need