Monday, April 13, 2009

From Migraine, to Mad-ness, to Many Mini-Miracles

I haven't been in blogging mode much lately for a couple of reasons. One is that I am trying to do less on the 'puter when my almost-edible chillens are home and awake, and another is that I have had some monster headaches the past few weeks. But most of the time, I sorta just do my best to do what I have to do. Unless I get the classic migraine aura thing going on, then I stop.

I had grand plans of spending some good time with my aforementioned precious ones this week, since it's spring break. I was up for a whole two minutes when I got an aura today. And I was mad. Hopping mad. Like the kind of mad-that-is-bad-for-your-spirit mad. I had even just prayed specifically to avoid *that* kind of migraine so I could take my kids to see their out-of-town cousins, whom we didn't get to see Saturday because of their dad's headache (yeah, we are quite a pair, I know).

I got my meds in me and went promptly to my bed, where I pouted, and vented (I really am trying to do less of this -- it's often that same kind of not-good-for-my-spirit kind of thing), and prayed, and sobbed until perhaps I could sob no more. (That probably isn't the best thing to do with a migraine, but it did provide its own kind of relief.)

And, did I mention that I prayed? A that kind of way where I am stumped and feeling stuck and feeling hopeless and afraid and wanting to quit.

And as my day comes to a close, I look back and I can see the miracles.

-Hubby was home, and was well enough to help a little. He also did a lot of listening while I vented. Even though my venting probably gives him a headache.

-So did a dear, dear friend, who not only listened, but sobbed with me, and told me she wished she could take it away, and wished she could fix it, but knew she couldn't, and because she knew that, she was a great sounding board in thinking through what I might need to be learning through all of this. (If you are reading, thank you. I love you, friend. So much. You are such a blessing in my life.)

-My kids, as usual, were amazing and kind and compassionate and caring. But they also had friends to play with all day. So mom being in bed all day wasn't so bad.

-And then I got a message from a friend from whom I haven't heard for quite a while. And her love and concern, even without knowing what kind of day (month) I was (am) having, was so evident, and so needed today.

-And then my sis called, and we talked for quite a while in a way-that-is-really-good-for-my-spirit kind of way, and she reminded me why I don't quit, and why I never will -- because the Savior is there, and because I want to be there with Him.

-And then I found a message from a Relief Society president who said she just kept thinking about me today. And I haven't seen her for weeks.

-And to finish the day, another friend posted one of my fave quotes ever:

"Each of us will have our own Fridays - those days when the universe itself seems shattered and the shards of our world lie littered about us in pieces. We all will experience those broken times when it seems we can never be put together again. We will all have our Fridays.

"But I testify to you in the name of the One who conquered death - Sunday will come. In the darkness of our sorrow, Sunday will come.

"No matter our desperation, no matter our grief, Sunday will come. In this life or in the next, Sunday will come." (Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Sunday Will Come," Ensign, Nov. 2006, page 30 )

And then, as I mulled over all of this, the thought came loud and clear: God wasn't mad at me, even though I got mad, and even though I pouted, and even though I doubted, and even though I vented. He sent many miracles today, through the love and simple efforts of numerous people, and by so doing, reminded me of this pure and perfect and powerful truth: He loves me.

As Elder Holland and Pres. Eyring recently testified, I realized that I was not alone, even though I felt alone.

I know answers to prayers sent to heaven from our times of deep pain are not always answered as quickly as mine were today. I have many, many of those prayers, too. They also aren't always answered as we want them to be (my head still really hurts, and probably will for days, even weeks to come, and that is hard). But I have had enough experiences like this, where I have cried out in my extremity, and I have seen His loving hand enter my life in ways that continue to amaze me. In His own way and time, He lets me know time and time again that He Is There.

I go to bed still with a headache, but with a full and grateful heart.


Papa D said...

What a wonderful post. Thank you for that testimony.

God really is good.

SilverRain said...

*hugs tightly* Now I wish I'd listened when I thought to call you. Unfortunately, most of my promptings of that nature come between 6 and 8 a.m.

Cheryl said...

I'm so glad you had all of these miracles come!! You deserve them, you know.

I also had a phone call yesterday that made my whole day; it utterly changed my perspective and made me grateful for friends and trust and love and all of it... :)

Love you...

m_and_m said...

God IS good. Experiences like this help me remember that. I still so often process Him through my distorted filters about life, and about myself.

SilverRain, even knowing your thoughts were there matters. Add that to the list!

Cheryl, I love you back!

I just remembered there was another email from another friend that was love-filled as well.

Ginny said...

glad there were so many around you to help be the angels the Lord sent to carry you through. i am sorry i was not one of them, but glad at least one of my counterparts was! also love the perspective you gained (and shared) and the immediate nature of that perspective--even before the trail is over.

i hope you are feeling better today...and again tomorrow...

Susan Anderson said...

Great post, and I hope your migraines lessen in both frequency and severity.

My husband suffers from migraines which have been greatly improved since he started taking something called Petadolex. It is butterbur and seems to make a real difference for him. He also takes Migralief, which is feverfew and magnesium. If he had to take only one, he would stick with the Petadolex, but the two combined work even better for prevention.

When he does get a migraine, he takes caffergot, which is one of the older remedies that has ergotamine in it. This almost always gets rid of the headache, which is a miracle because previous medications merely dulled the pain to some degree.

Of course, I know everyone is different and responds differently, but I just wanted to let you know about his success with these.

Again, thanks for the post and its insights.


m_and_m said...

Thanks for the support and love, and Sue, thanks for the suggestions.

Mama D said...

Your continued faith, prayers, and foundation of trust in the Lord help you make it through your dark days - and help others make it through their own. I just wanted to let you know that you help me face my own trials. Thank you, friend!