Tribute To The Best Friends A Girl Could Have Monday, Aug 9 2010 

Throughout life, there is one thing that gets you through the ups and downs. That helps you sift through self-doubt, heartbreak and confusion. That pulls you back up onto your feet when you stumble and just can’t get up by yourself. Friends.

Totally cheeseball, I know. I sound like a wannabe Hallmark card that didn’t quite make the cut – but all that aside, I mean it.

Over the past couple of years, I have been through a gamut of things. The family business burnt down, one of my closest friends passed away, I was hit by a car while riding home on my scooter, I ended a 5+ year relationship – could be worse, but hell, could have been a hell of a lot easier as well. And today? I’m actually a stronger and better person… due to my friends.

My group of friends is a mix. There is my core group of girls, five of us in total, and their respective partners. Then I have other friends, individuals from my High School days, work, or just acquired through circumstance. Every single one of these beloved people have shown my why it’s worth getting up in the morning.

When you have a terrible accident like I did, you expect people to all come running in the first few days, then just as quickly vanish with mumbled well-wishes. Which, in a way, I understand. Just because one persons life has stopped, doesn’t mean everybody else’s has to too. But my experience was quite the opposite. Over the three months of being in Hospital, I was never alone. I constantly had company, support, and lots of treats! I had friends take days off work and sit with me during the tough days, and every single night I had everyone turn up for a group dinner by my bedside. You have no idea how much this meant to someone who felt like their entire life had been snatched away, at least for the foreseeable future.

And, just as importantly, these amazing people have continued to grace me with the kind of friendship I know for a fact most people don’t get to experience in their lifetime. I do not spend one night at home unless I want to. If I have a problem that I cannot fix, help is always offered. My ramblings are always listened to, my hurts understood, my achievements celebrated.

You get what you give in life – and the fact I have such a wonderful “chosen family” makes me feel accomplished in myself. I must be doing something right if I have retained such relationships.

To all of those people – you know who you are – I thank you, and I love you.

*Right, no more drinking for me, I get overly emotional! OVER AND OUT!*

You just can't beat good friends...

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Headache Tips Monday, Apr 5 2010 

I just thought I’d post a few tips for curing/abating headaches and migraines, seeing as I get them quite often and so have a few suggestions to share.

Obviously, pain killers help. But I’d advise against things like Nurofen and Voltaren, despite the fact they can work, because they cause real damage to your stomach lining. (If you have to use them a fair bit over a day, or over a few days, then they can cause you anything from nausea to internal bleeding.) I stick with high strength Panadol as it doesn’t cause any of these issues, plus it’s not addictive like products that contain Codene. If you suffer from migraines though, you will need to talk to a Doctor about which prescription medicine is right for you. Now on to a few natural ways.

Panadol Extra

When I get a headache, I always get either an ice pack, or wrap ice cubes in a towel. Then I sit back and press it to my forehead and over my eyes. This usually relieves the pain tenfold.

Ice Therapy

A lot of headaches are caused from back and neck tension. A really good way to relieve this (Duh!) is to get a massage. Wether it be by a professional, or your partner, it can really help release all of the tight muscles that are causing your pain.

Massage

Another way to release neck tension that could be aggravating your headaches is by using heat-packs to soothe those aching muscles. Don’t use the packs on your head though, this will make the headache worse in my experience.

Heat Pack

Acupuncture/Accupuncture is a well known Chinese practice where trained specialists insert fine needles into different points all over the body to cure an assortment of ailments. I know a lot of people who have used this procedure to help manage everything from back pain, to injuries and, of course, headaches. I have tried this too, and it really does help. (Hurts the pocket a little bit, though!)

Accupuncture/Acupuncture

A nifty little product I found in a chemist that now lives in my handbag is the HeadOn stick. There is one for Migraines and one for plain old headaches. You take the top off, roll the stick up and smear the clear paste onto your forehead. (Definitely a “do it alone” kind of thing!) The goo has a cooling effect on your skin that can last for hours on end, and feels marvelous. I find it really helpful; it works much the same way ice does.

HeadOn: Migraine/Headache Relief Stick

Another thing I would recommend is looking at your diet. I find that when I have too much sugar or caffeine, I can expect a headache soon after. Lack of sleep and dehydration is another way to increase your chances of setting one off, or not getting rid of one quickly.

For you fellow headache sufferers – good luck! And let me know what helps you recover from these nasty little buggers.