I'm at work. It's 'rush hour'.
A client want's to know the specifics of a dishwasher.
While I'm talking to him my thoughts drift a little: "what's wrong with this guys face?"
I look again, nothing seems out of the ordinary. A few seconds later his face strikes me as 'odd' again, something is wrong with it but I can't put
my finger on it. Weird.
I walk towards the store computer to check some prices and while I move my hand to the keyboard and on the keys I stop everything and stare at my
fingers. "These are my fingers, but the more I look at them, the more they aren't. Who's hand is that? It's mine, but it doesn't feel like my
hand". I look up over the counter, to the entrance, the people, the walls. Faces look deformed, walls seem to breath and there is an unnatural sound
in the air "Something is definitely 'not right' here. Omg! Please not in the middle of rush hour!"
I tell myself to stay calm and walk over to my colleague. I ask him if he can take care of my client, the one who wants the dishwasher, because I need
to go into the back for an urgent matter. Ofcourse he'll look after my client for me.
I'm in the back, my wristwatch in my hand, staring in front of me onto a blanc wall.
"Where is it? If I'm right then It should be here by now. Damn, what a timing, they can't miss me in the store right now!"
I urge myself to stay calm and keep thinking while I'm still able to think clear. I take a piece of paper and start writing, slowly, concentrating on
each letter while my hands tremble:
"Can't see, can't speak
Give me 30 min.
Glad that is done I stare back at the blanc wall "there it is! The Aura."
Pfew! It IS a migraine after all, nothing bad happening, just a migraine. I can relax now, or at least try.
I look at my watch while I can still read it, it's 2.10 PM. This will be over by 2.30 PM.
I'm still thinking straight and remember to fix a codeine drink, because when this is over I will have a splitting headache and I MUST go back to
work in about 30 min. I make the codeine and drink it already so it will, hopefully, be kicking in before the headache sets off.
It's 2.20PM. The Aura is covering half of my vision now. My ears have a loud 'ring' in them and my hands and face is tingling. I ask myself
"what's your name?" I remember my name. I remember that I have a cat." What's the cat's name?" Damnit! I can't remember, what the hell is the
cat's name? I can't remember the name of the store I work in either.
My colleague walks in "are you ok in here?"
I want to tell him that I have a migraine, I open my mouth and what comes out is something that sounds like: "bwawlr fwrulb". So I show him the note
I wrote before.
He reads it and says:"ah ok, take your time". He looks at me like" wtf?" and leaves.
It's 2.25PM. The Aura is becoming smaller again, I'm still not thinking straight.
By 2.32 it's gone, my ears still have a loud ring, but that will last some hours, I remember that my cat's name is Angel.
I feel the headache banging, softly, like background noise in my head, It wants to come to the surface and I can only pray that the codeine can kick
The colleagues don't bother me. I can hear the people in the store, it's still busy in there, but I stay on my chair till 2.40 PM.
Then I stand up, "wow!", woozy, but pleasant, the codeine is working and I'll be headache free for at least 4 hours, I feel light in my head but
happy that this episode is over.
I walk back into the store, there is a client inspecting one of our LCD TVs',
"Good day sir, how can I help you today"?
The above is a true story that anyone with migraines will recognize.
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