Disney World. The Good, the Bad, and the Migraine. Starting with the Good
I went to Disney World for 3 days and I could probably write a book on it. Instead, I’m going to focus on three things. The good, the bad, and my migraine. So let’s begin with the good……
Where to begin. Disney World is called the happiest place on earth for a reason. If you’ve been following me from the beginning, you know this is not the first time I have written about Disney princesses (A Whole New World? and Snow White describes me) I have loved all things, Disney since I was a child and have been so happy to see my children fall in love all the same. We spent an entire day at Magic Kingdom. I had planned and saved like most families do and we’re eager to see how my dreams would come true for my family.
My personal favorite thing was to ride the rides. I used to love rides but now enter them with a bit more trepidation. I fear flashing lights, jerking motions, and all those other triggers that come along with my migraines. I also feared the weather, my diet, stress, dehydration, and exhaustion.
But Tinker Bell sprinkled her fairy dust on me that day and I lived in fairytale land. I did, however, prepare. I had water bottles for all of us that I filled at every water fountain I saw. I didn’t care about how many bathroom breaks we were going to stop at, we all were staying hydrated. I also brought portable fans for my family that tends to sweat and me who tend to overhead. I had snacks galore that were healthy and filling enough to stop us from stopping at every food stand we saw. I had hats and sunglasses for everyone while we waited in the sun.
I didn’t stress at all because we were on vacation, we were together, and somehow I was feeling OK. OK for me means super duper terrific on a day like our day at Magic Kingdom. One of my highlights was watching my children meet the characters and waving to them at the parades.
I actually got to feel like a normal person that day. I spun around in tea cups laughing and only feeling dizzy. Feeling dizzy from your kids joyfully spinning you verses feeling dizzy from standing up on an average day is very different.
I felt shaky from my daughter “steering” a car on a track slamming from side to side and laughing from the depths of my gut. This shaky is wonderful compared to shaking from pain masked by medication yet not masking muscle contractions.
At the end of the day I felt truly tired. Not exhausted from fighting a migraine, tired from a long glorious day. I was able to sing with Ariel in her grotto, the way I love to sing (Feeling better makes me sing)
I flew like I had wings. I took selfies without thinking how my smile was a mask for how I really felt.
The laughs, the joy, the magic was all from a low pain day. From the opening song that made me feel butterflies in my stomach to the last firework that gleamed in my eye, I was feeling low pain. Whatever it was; the adrenaline, the preventatives drugs, the preventative living, or the intoxicating bubble of love and joy, I call it magic!
I could go on and on and on about how our day at Magic Kingdom was one of the happiest I can remember in a very long time (and I consider myself to live a happy life) but I will stop at saying it was perfect. For those of you who can’t relate to a perfect day, I thought it was impossible for myself. But just like every perfect day comes reality. Stay tuned for the bad and migraine party of my trip.