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Sure, the first 15 times or so, it was interesting. Well, after it stopped being scary, that is.
For a while, I would close my eyes and "watch" the light show. Often the aura was not even followed by a headache, so it really was nothing more than a 20-minute visual interlude.
However, they have become so frequent - every five to 15 days - that I've simply lost patience with them. Also the other effects (nausea, headache, stupidity) are becoming increasingly troublesome. And they are inconveniently boring.
I would imagine that people with progressive permanent blindness have ways of coping with the impairment. And I can't imagine the mental anguish that comes with permanently losing your sight.
For the few of us who experience temporary or recurrent episodes of blindness, as I do with migraines, it presents a slightly different challenge.
So, today I consulted a few of my fellow temporary-blindness sufferers and asked them what were their "go-to tactics" for (1) relieving boredom and (2) calming anxiety when afflicted. Here are their tidbits, along with my own.
- Listen to music. (satellite radio or iPod/MP3)
- Snuggle with pets or loved ones.
- Daydream! (Something we rarely get to do!)
- Listen to audio fiction, if you want to rest your brain.
- Listen to audio non-fiction if you want to exercise your brain. "I miss the exchange of ideas that happens when you're young and in college. And when I read now, I tend to want a break from seriousness, but the few times I listen to "Ideas" on CBC Radio 1 I find myself remembering what it was like to learn new things!"
- Eat. (Coincidentally, I had just picked up some soup and fresh fruit for lunch; easy enough to eat without a full field of vision). Possibly not the best tactic for me to use every time my brain hiccups.
- Sleep - if you can and are in the right place.
- Get a facial, massage, manicure or pedicure - if you have the time, and if you don't have to drive. (I seriously considered this today, but had just gotten my nails done on the weekend. And I don't like massages.)
- Sing. "I sing "my favorite things" from The Sound of Music to myself."
- Snuggle with pets or loved ones
- Take a bath
- Talk with someone
- Get a massage, if you're into that.
There must be other ideas we've missed . . . Share your ideas.