Monday, February 21, 2011

Client Visit

My client visit started out awful. While driving there, I just couldn't take it anymore. The sun glare was worse than it had been in a long time and it did not help having all of the ice on the sides of the road which was also beaming into my eyes. After trying on three different sunglasses, I finally caved in and took one of my triptans.

I tried not to take a triptan because of the cognitive side effects it usually has on me, but having a Migraine wouldn't be any good when trying to think and come up with solutions for the client either. I still had a few hours before the visit and I was hoping that would keep my brain honest enough. I had to balance taking the triptan now or possibly needing it even more later when I was actually at the client's site as a last resort.

I always have a horrible fear when I go to one of our clients offices because I am terrified the lights in the room are going to be murderous. This is based on an actual experience I had a while back where a client visit triggered a multi-day, hard to treat Migraine that was tough to make go away all because it was triggered by the lighting the client had. I still don't know if there is anything I can do preventatively to help my Migraines when I find myself in a lighting situation that is going to turn bad quickly.

As it turned out, it was a good thing I took the triptan when I did. I met my boss near the client site for some coffee, where I got water, so we could discuss our visit before we headed over there. Considering we each had a couple of hours to drive from different directions, this worked out great. We found a table we could spread out on. After a few moments, I asked if he minded if we moved tables. He knew immediately why I needed to move without me having to say anything else. I couldn't take the lights at that table and would not have lasted there much longer let alone whatever was ahead of me light wise at the client site.

We found another table, with a different light setup that was a little better, but I still needed to adjust where I sat by sliding over a seat to make it as comfortable as I could while keeping the beast as quiet as possible. I would not have made it through this 'coffee' break if I did not take the triptan before this stop.

Do you want to know the kicker? We arrived at the client site a little early. We entered into the conference room way before the client was even there. They had all of these funky settings you could do with the lights and the person who turned the lights on, only turned the lights on which were along the outside walls. It was soooo nice! You would have thought I turned on these lights! I figured this would at least cool my head down until the client came in when I would deal with the lights as best I could.

After they arrived, they started to turn on all of the lights. Thank goodness for a menopausal woman who was there. She was having a hot flash and politely asked if they could keep the lights the way they were! She has a very good relationship with the people in the room and they were more than willing to accommodate her. Wooohooo!!! I wanted to dance on the tables, but that wouldn't have been very professional of me.

This whole meeting was held in a conference room with the most soothing lighting I have ever had in a business meeting. I couldn't believe it! It was exactly what my head needed especially considering I was going to have a couple of hours drive home in rush hour traffic with headlights to contend with. I want those lights in every meeting room!



WinnyNinny PooPoo said...

Yeah!!! a client with great lighting! That's a keeper!

Migrainista said...

Not everyone understands how important lighting is to some of us. I was always amused by the shared love my sister, my grandma and I have for dim, soft lighting. It was only as an adult that I realized it was because we are the ones who suffer with migraines. We all do most of our activity in lighting most would find inadequet.

Totally get it - so glad for the kind lighting at your meeting.

Jessica said...

Yay for lights with funky settings!!!

MigrainePuppet said...

Those lights were awesome!

It's funny how we can look back at past behaviors and see how they fit into us having Migraines. I remember always insisting that the TV volume be on the lower side. I know now that it was because of Migraines.