Surviving the Holidays: Headache Blog Carnival

Welcome to the first edition of the Headache & Migraine Disease Blog Carnival.

Generally speaking, a blog carnival is a collection of links to a variety of blogs on a central topic. The Headache & Migraine Disease Blog Carnival has been created to provide both headache patients and people who blog about headaches with unique opportunities to share ideas on topics of particular interest and importance to us.

The holiday season can be a fun time of year filled with special events, family and friends and lots of great food. But it is also a minefield for a headache and migraine sufferers.

We cope with pressure to attend social events, avoid trigger laden foods and drinks, choose and shop for gifts, irregular sleep patterns and the many other extra stresses that accompany the holidays. Not to mention the frustration that can result from the ways migraine disease often seems to make routine tasks more difficult or even impossible and our high unrealistic expectations for ourselves. All of this can make it hard to avoid ending up stuck in bed nursing a horrible migraine instead of enjoying time with your family and friends. The only good news is that you’re not alone in dealing with these frustrations or in devising strategies for coping.

For the December 2007 Carnival I solicited submissions on holiday-related topics, but also welcomed entries of general interest to a headache and migraine sufferers. Please continue reading for links to these fantastic submissions.

The nausea that often accompanies a migraine increases the misery factor exponentially when you’re away from home. 
Rena at Dealing with Headaches shared her advice on preventing and coping with travel-related motion sickness: Migraines and Motion Sickness: Miserable Together. 

James at the Headache & Migraine News Blog submitted a brilliant entry on the danger of pinning all your wishes and hopes on a single event: Those One-Idea Days. He cautions against letting any single event takes on the weight of all your holiday hopes and wishes.

Migraine Chick shared a story about how migraine-related clumsiness has affected her desire to have anything to do with Christmas decorations this year: The Christmas Klutz. Unfortunately, I suspect I’m not alone in the ease with which I can relate to her woes.

Teri at My Migraine Connection shared two incredibly helpful holiday-related articles: Great Gifts for Migraineurs for Under $20 and Migraines and Headaches: 10 Tips for Enjoying the Holidays. As you will soon discover if you don’t already know, Teri has developed vast knowledge in her years as a migraine patient and patient advocate. Her wisdom comes through loud and clear in all her suggestions.

The Migraine Girl submitted a highly relatable post about surviving social obligations during the holiday season when you must deal with migraines: Merry Migraine. Determining how best to handle social invitations has been a huge source of concern in my life over the past few years. So much so that I wrote a post on this topic that will be posted later this week. Great minds do indeed think alike!

Rosalind at Keeping Working, Girlfriend shared an entry on the importance of fostering strong relationships at work when you’re coping with illness: Do Your Friends Make Work a Less Stressful Experience? Rosalind knows firsthand that having people you can turn to at work makes a huge difference when you’re having a rough time.

Thank you ever so much to all of you who submitted entries and helped make this first ever Headache & Migraine Disease Blog Carnival a success. The carnival would be nothing more than an idea without your willingness to jump on board.

We’ll continue the Headache & Migraine Disease Blog Carnival on the second Monday of each month in the new year. Look for the January 2008 Headache Blog Carnival on the theme “Starting the New Year Off Right” on Monday, January 14th right here at Somebody Heal Me.

Entries are due by midnight on Friday, January 11th. Entries that relate to the January carnival’s theme of starting the new year off on the right foot will receive preference. Entries on topics that are particularly useful, educational or inspirational for a headache and migraine sufferers are also welcome. They may be submitted through the form on the carnival website or directly to me by e-mail. I invite and welcome any of your carnival-related suggestions for January or in general.

May you all have a lovely, pain-free holiday season and enough quality time with those you love.