Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Soapbox rant: Michele Bachmann is on drugs!

If you don't want to read a rant, please leave now.

Ahem.

Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann has opened a can of worms.

No, I'm not going to rant here about Tea Party conservatives or female Republicans. I'm up on my soapbox because -- despite all the legitimate reasons why Michele Bachmann should not be the Republican nominee -- some press, pundits and politicians have decided to call out her migraines as a reason she is unfit to lead.

Really?

As a severe migraine sufferer myself, this just burns me and makes my head boil.

{ouch that hurts}

There are accounts of her numerous "hospitalizations" and "stress-related health problems" and "heavy pill use alleged." Here's what key inside source said:

“When she gets ‘em, frankly, she can’t function at all. It’s not like a little thing with a couple Advils. It’s bad,” the adviser says. “The migraines are so bad and so intense, she carries and takes all sorts of pills. Prevention pills. Pills during the migraine. Pills after the migraine, to keep them under control. She has to take these pills wherever she goes.”



Yep, that all sounds about right. And I have all those pills, too. My friends call me "the pharmacy." Anyone who has migraines or knows a migraineur will understand that medications are very helpful for living with migraines. We use them to function -- and live our lives. Fortunately, the pills available now -- within the past 10-15 years -- are amazing; so much better than what was available in the early 1990s and before. Please don't assume we're addicts because we carry around a bunch of pills. Migraines are monsters;  medications are one weapon against the monsters.

And yes, prevention IS the best medicine. I know my triggers -- certain foods, smoke, changes in pressure, alcohol. The list gets longer every year. I don't drink, I don't smoke, I make sure to get 8 hours of sleep EVERY night. I have to eat every 4 hours. I do these things EVERY DAY to make sure I do not trigger a migraine; it works most days. Any long-term sufferer does his or her best to avoid triggers, but sometimes the migraines win. 

OK, I know the media attack on Michele Bachmann is really just an attempt by the politicians to get rid of another candidate. To remove of someone they don't think has a good chance of winning the election. I get that. "All is fair in love and war..."

But we, the public, are tired of the games. If you want to get rid of a bad candidate, then get rid of them based on the real issues -- not because they suffer from migraines, or diabetes, or have purple polka-dotted skin.  I really don't give a flip. 

Geez. My head hurts...

{walks into a dark room to bury her head}

2 comments:

Kristen @ Motherese said...

I'm no Michele Bachmann fan, but this is ludicrous. What next: a woman can't be president because she might become emotional when she has her period?

I think you've just hit upon proof that the networks are really having to dig these days to find enough information to fill up the 24 hour news cycle. Sheesh.

kisatrtle said...

I too find Michele to be an ass, but it has nothing to do with her headaches. I completely agree with you

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