When headache causes life to stop
I have recently taken my family on a wonderful holiday to Bali. Packing for a holiday can be stressful, especially as I need to pack for 5 1/2 people (yes Hubby still wants me to check his bag before we leave). When I pack for a holiday, toiletries are essential as there is nothing worse when everyone around you is enjoying the experience and a simple headache causes you to miss out.
These are my essentials when I pack:
- My daughters epileptic medicine & script
- gastro stop
- face cleaning wipes
I’m holding back a little here as I always pack so much more than I need but I don’t want you to think I am neurotic.
Well, neurotic or not, my family’s health and wellbeing always comes first and I can think of 3 occasions on our holiday, where my brilliance in packing correctly has caused the sliding doors effect. Remember the 1998 movie with Gwyneth Paltrow – based on a simple concept where a slight change in circumstance can be life altering. This is what happened to me on my holidays:
- The stress related headache causes effect
I am not a great when it comes to flying. I don’t mind taking off and landing (ironically the 2 most dangerous parts of the flight), it is the turbulence that gets to me. How can such a giant tin can stay up in the air and be moved about without falling out of the sky? Anyway, as we were waiting at the airport for our flight to Bali, the stress I was feeling had hit its peak. A headache causes me to feel nauseous which in turn makes me agitated. I noticed my youngest child watching me and my emotions and I realised I was transferring my irrational fear of flying onto him. I delved into my essential kit, took a nurofen and cursed myself for my behaviour. This is the result of the flight:
- The period related effect
Every day in Bali we swam, we shopped, we sun-baked (using sunscreen of course), we ate and we laughed. We were heading to Waterbom Park in a couple of hours when disaster struck. Beautiful Ashlea came to me looking a lot like this:
Yes, she had just got her period, not something a 15 year wants when she will be flying down enormous water slides while racing around in her bikinis. However, it wasn’t the fact she had it, it was the fact she felt like crap with holiday destroying craps. Once again I headed to my trusty essentials kit, gave her nurofen and a vitamin until the sliding door effect took over she headed to Waterbom Park looking like this:
- The surfing effect
My hubby loves to surf but I will let you in on a little secret – shhhh. He tries to surf like he use to when he was in his 20’s. He throws his body in hard, cutting up the waves, avoiding the sharks and desperately trying to grow his hair long (for those who know my hubby – he’s bald). So after a couple of days in Bali, he is beginning to look a lot like this:
Once again, the sliding door effect came into play and he could decide to continue on the path of self-embarrassment with all the young surfers around him, or he could take a couple of nurofen to ease the muscle aches and pains and turn into this:
When you are on holidays and have the option to put up with the pain or take an easier option, which one would you choose? What do you pack in your holiday essentials kit?
This post was sponsored by nurofen – when a headache causes you pain, try Nurofen. However all thoughts and ideas are my own and at Our Parallel Connection we take all sponsored posts seriously, only accepting those we either use or truly believe in.