Welcome to how I see the world on occasions. Literally, this time, not just through the blog…
Sherri has challenged me this week to share five secrets with you, so I thought I’d go slightly more personal than usual, as secrets tend to be more, erm, personal.
On Monday, I revealed how I tend to go ever redder when out in the sun.
Tuesday, I revealed my red aura to the world.
On Wednesday (I’m red in the face with embarrassment with this one), the secret revealed that day had no link to the colour red… it was me liking a certain number and letter.
Thursday’s secret revealed how I saw a large red object silently fall from the sky many eons ago.
And today’s post is a glimpse into how I view the world when I come down with a migraine.
I don’t get headaches usually, nor do I feel unwell with my migraines, but I lose vision, and instead I’m treated to a spectacular twinkling light show.
The sparkles tend to start off small, in the centre of my vision, and then gradually grow and curve themselves around the edge of my vision, usually ‘opting’ for one corner.
Usually black and white, I occasionally get a glimpse of electric blue thrown in for good measure. And to answer the question posed in the title of this post, the answer is simply not one of my migraines!*
The actual name for this visual phenomenon is a Migraine Aura, and apparently they are quite common. They are harmless (unless, obviously, one unfortunately suffers from the headaches and nausea associated with a migraine) and can occur at any time during the migraine attack. Sometimes before, sometimes during, sometimes after and sometimes they don’t occur at all.
Although in my case, the aura is the migraine.
Resting in a darkened room is the best way to clear one of these auras, although they can take anything from five minutes to an hour to clear. I’ve had the odd day when they’ve come and gone like clockwork – I was in and out of a darkened room like nobody’s business!
Usually, they occur when we’re tired… or stressed… but they can ‘come on’ without warning. Relaxing helps; but I’ve read the best way to let it pass is just to enjoy the show and not worry about it, and this seems to work with me. As well as resting in the darkened room…
Obviously, everyone’s different, and with anything health-related: any worries go straight to the doctor to be checked out.
*Actually, the correct answer to the question posed in the title is the theme that runs through this week’s series of posts (red) and the white lettering on black background (or black on white if this is being read sometime in the future and the theme to the blog has changed. The theme to the posts, however is still red in that case, even Wednesday.)