Today’s prompt is to talk about how we envision health activism in the future, and I’m taking this topic and dedicating it to my husband.
I have a confession: I like both Star Trek and Star Wars. Make what judgments you will, but I thoroughly enjoy both of them, for completely different reasons. Always have. (Except Star Wars, Episodes I, II and III. Those I can do without.)
My husband has had a perma-migraine for the last two and a half years or so. The pain will get worse or get better, but it’s always there. It affects his life and work, and affects us as a couple.
It’s difficult, as his wife, to watch. There are so many things he used to be able to do that he can’t. There are other things that he can still do but are a lot harder. We’ve become professional at being last-minute. There are events we would really like to go to, and we’ll try to make it, but we may end up having to bail. Those who spend a lot of time around us know that it’s nothing personal.
He’s seeing the best neurologist/neuropthalmologist in the region, and they’re working together to try to figure it out, but they’re not there yet. It’s tough to watch him go through test after test, try medication after medication (and in different combinations), without something really providing significant relief.
Circling back to Star Trek, I’ve always loved their ability to almost instantly heal essentially any malady that finds itself in the Sick Bay in mere minutes. You know someone is really sick or injured when it takes longer than that.
I would love someday for someone to be able to point a small, hand-held device at my husband’s head, run it the length of his head a few times, and say, “Okay! You’re good!” and no more headaches. Even if he had to go in once a month, but then have 30 pain-free days? I’d love it.
Beverly Crusher…we’re waiting for you!! Any time now…