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I have been getting ocular migraine headaches on and off since I was seven years old. My first one occurred during the Memorial Day parade in my hometown. I was supposed to march with my Brownie troop. Instead, when we passed my street, I found my mother and went straight home where I hid under my pillow for the next twenty-four hours. My migraines are brought on by many different triggers including bright sunlight, dehydration, stress, and/or caffeine. The first symptom is blurred vision, similar to what your television screen looks like when your digital cable goes wonky. After that, it's all downhill. I have extreme nausea from the blurred vision causing a Puke-a-palooza, if you will. Lying under the covers is the only thing I can tolerate. The headache usually lasts throughout the night and then the next day I have a "hangover headache", a dull, lingering throbbing but my vision is restored. They are truly debilitating and something only fellow migraine sufferers and their loved ones can relate to. Luckily, I don't get them too often, maybe 3 times a year.
Today we had lunch at my in-law's beach club. I had a delicious garden salad and a cup of "decaf". When the waitress came by to refill my cup, I asked if it was decaf to double check, as is my routine when eating out. "Oh, no it's not. I didn't know," she answered. Great. I felt okay, so I didn't make a big deal about the mistake. I finished my lunch without thinking twice about what happened. Until...
...I went out for my run about an hour later. I was planning on running a 6.75 mile trail along the Indian River. After the first mile, I noticed my vision start to blur. Oh crap. I decided to push on hoping it would pass. At 2.2 miles, I decided it would be better to turn around rather than get stuck on the remote trail. Once I arrived back at my in-law's I chugged two and a half bottles of water and gulped down an orange. This only made me feel nauseated. The blurry vision had subsided though. I got lucky and was able to stave off a potential disastrous dinner with the family.
Lesson: It is better to remind your waitress about your caffeine woes ad nauseum than to sit through a meal with your in-laws and children ad nauseum. Figurative barf beats literal barf. Always.